Current MA Students

Tom Abi Samra

I am student of Arabic literature of all periods, with an emphasis on the early modern (15th–18th centuries). My research seeks to identify and theorize an early modern aesthetics that predates the colonization of the Arab world, which began in 1798. To do so, I work and think transregionally—either by working comparatively between early modern French, English, and Arabic sources, or by working with Arabic sources that themselves think about mobility and cultural encounters. My secondary interests include classical Arabic literary theory, French poststructuralist thought (esp. genre theory and deconstruction), and theories of modernity (incl. the Frankfurt school).

Mari Aida

My academic interests include contemporary literature, media studies, and queer studies, and a recent addition to this list has been migration studies, which I have been learning through an elective course here at Dartmouth. As a nonbinary person who has spent the most part of their life wedged between Japan and the US, these interests come from a personal desire to figure out what to make of the past 22 years of my life (and perhaps the next couple of years to come). Hobbies include drawing and cooking. My resolution for the 2021-2022 academic year is to improve my posture and make more eye contact with people.

Aidan Keys

I am a 2019 graduate of Howard University, where I majored in English and Spanish. Here at Dartmouth I hope to study pan-Africanist poetry of black women in the Americas, focussing on literature in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I am so excited to be part of this community.

Sophie Labenski

I am from Berlin, Germany and study in 2 MA programs there. My focus is on English and German literature, specifically the fantastic. I work across different media and theories, but I have most fun exploring religion, racism, and posthumanity, as well as hybridity within the fantastic.

Tala Majzoub

I'm Tala Majzoub, and I am a graduate student in the Comparative Literature Program. I have a BA in English Literature, a minor in Media and Communications, and a minor in Translation Studies from the American University of Beirut (AUB). My research interests include modern literature and culture, postcolonial theory and literature, media studies and aesthetics. I am particularly intrigued by the emergence of alternative media landscapes, and by the practice of treating different media technologies like literary texts. I particularly dislike cold weathers, and I like wearing colorful socks.

Andrew Meraz

I study Russian and French literature and am interested in psychoanalytic theory, among other things. I am high school drop out and the first in my family to earn a college degree.

Emily Oliveira

I'm originally from New Jersey, about one hour away from NYC. I studied Comparative Literature at Harvard, where I wrote a thesis about the autobiography of Salvador Dalí. Some of my interests include literature & philosophy, life writing, intermediality, and Surrealism. For the past 3 years, I worked in Hollywood as an assistant to a television agent who represented writers of TV & film.

Fanrui Shao

I intend to focus on marital or romantic promises in The Canterbury Tales from perspectives of gender studies and emotion/affect theories

Yipu Su

My academic interests are slavery, critical racial studies, and gender studies. Currently I focus on female abolitionists in nineteenth-century America of different races. I am from southwestern China, 2200 meters above sea level. I am a Bai, an ethic minority in China.

Tutku Vatansever

Academically, I am interested in urban studies and early 20th century novels. I love the fine arts, and I paint in oils and digitally.

Victoria Wirtz

I'm a graduate student of English Studies with a focus on literature at Freie Universitaet Berlin. I would like to specialize in trauma studies and narrative of mental illness in the further course of my academic career, including works in English, German & French.