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Hannah Freed-Thall, '02, earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California-Berkeley. Currently a fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University, 2011-2014, she is at work on a book manuscript—a study of the afterlife of aesthetic beauty in 20th-century French literature and theory. The project identifies four experimental aesthetic concepts that spoil distinctions of taste: Marcel Proust's "quelconque" (or "whatever"), Roland Barthes' "nuance", Francis Ponge's "imperfection," and Nathalie Sarraute's "douceâtre" (or "sickly sweet"). She is also pursuing research on a second book project, tentatively titled '"C'est vraiment dégueulasse': The Rhetoric of Revulsion in 20th-century France." Freed-Thall's articles have appeared in New Literary History, Modern Language Notes, and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.
Hannah has also recently won the Malcolm Bowie Prize from the Society for French Studies for her article, "Prestige of a Momentary Diamond: Economies of Distinction in Proust', New Literary History (2012)."
Lisa Saladin '13 is a finalist for a Fulbright fellowship to Ireland. The title of her project is "Fresh Feminine Voices: Transfiguring Irish-Language Poetry in the Postmodern Era."
Chloe Hill '12 has been selected for a Fulbright to Brazil. The title of her project is "Beyond the Tropical: Bahia Re-Imagined Through the Universal Poetry of Myriam Fraga." Chloe describes the abstract as follows: "Myriam Fraga is the widely esteemed contemporary poet of Salvador and Executive Director of Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado, a vibrant literary institution. As part of a larger project to translate Fraga's works, I will explore the role of the woman poet in conceiving a new vision of Salvador that illuminates the literary dynamism of the region. Fraga's universal voice has re-invigorated for decades the Bahian world of famous novelist Jorge Amado."de
Elizabeth Pusack '09 has been awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship and will begin her MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writer's Workshop in the fall of 2013.
Elizabeth has also recently completed a Fulbright in Vienna. The title of the project was "Hunting the Mayfly: Notes on Trash and Tagebücher." To quote Elizabeth on her project, "It was about ephemera (the mayfly is the ephemeroptera) and diaries, and other non-museum-ified paper artifacts/junk in a city full of museums with a big 'history industry.' A strange project as it turned out, half totally theoretical/musing on memory/head-in-the-clouds, half very grimy with my hands in the trash. (The project) included a book arts component and a big lecture at the Comparative Literature department!"izth Joo, art literary institution.
After completing a 2011-12 English Teaching Fellowship through the TAPIF in Saint-Quentin, France, Elyse Martin '11 has now begun a full-time position as the Program Assistant at the Folger Shakespeare Institute in Washington, D.C. While at Smith, Elyse wrote and defended a senior honor's thesis:"Citizen, My Mother is the Republic": Ideologies of Terror, Gender and Heroism in Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and Victor Hugo's Quatrevingt-Treize.
Elizabeth Tuttle '11 interned with the Columbia Journalism Review and Global Post, and published several dispatches from Brazil in the latter. She also spent two summers teaching classes in comparative literature to high school students hosted by Stanford University. She is now writing an honor's thesis in Latin American Studies, "Between Theory and Practice: Gender Across Generations in Paus Branco, Ceará, a Landless Workers Movement Settlement."
Christa Whitney '09 is the Director of the Wexner Oral History Project at the National Yiddish Book Center.
Meredith Badler '08 wrote and defended a senior honors thesis in comparative literature, "Quest for Representation: Contemporary Post-Holocaust Fiction."
Rosie Haber '06 spent three years as head of Special Education at the Oakland School of the Arts. She is now pursuing an M.F.A. in film at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore.
Lauren Lydic '02 recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and recently published her first article in Comparative Literature, "'Noseological' Parody, Gender Discourse, and Yugoslav Feminisms: Following Gogol's 'Nose' to Ugrešic's 'Hot Dog on a Warm Bun'." (Spring 2010).