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  • This week, VPR’s “Conversation On the Arts” focuses on the popularity of memoirs. The program’s host, Neal Charnoff, turns to Dartmouth’s Irene Kacandes for her thoughts on the genre.

    Kacandes, a professor of German studies and of comparative literature, says that most experts date the recent boom in memoirs back to the 1990s, when books such as Girl Interrupted, Angela’s Ashes, and Tuesdays With Morrie were so popular.

    While there are critics of memoirs, Kacandes appreciates...

  • Ben Randolph ’15, has been named a Beinecke Scholar, one of 20 college juniors nationally. The award, which supports the “graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise,” provides $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

    Randolph, a comparative literature major from Louisville, Ky., plans to enter an interdisciplinary PhD program, concentrating on critical, theoretical approaches to literature and society....

  • In a Huffington Post opinion piece,Dartmouth’s Rebecca Biron writes about what she hopes to gain from her Internet use.

    “I read news sources compulsively, maybe obsessively, in acknowledgment of the sheer amount of data available at my fingertips,” says Biron, a professor of Spanish, comparative literature, and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies, and a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow. “My habit takes the form of information gathering, as if such gathering were the same thing...

  • Dartmouth’s George Edmondson, an associate professor of English, and Klaus Mladek, an associate professor of German studies and comparative literature, make up one of eight teams chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies for 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. Edmondson and Mladek plan to write a book together; it is to be titled “A Politics of Melancholia.”

    “Long-lasting collaborations between scholars from different fields are unusual in the humanities,” Mladek says...

  • Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature Silvia Spitta and Dartmouth librarian Jill Baron traveled to Cuzco, Peru, in December, to organize and catalogue more than 40,000 glass plate negatives made by the late indigenous Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi.

    With financing from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty’s Scholarly Innovation Fund, as well as support from the Dartmouth Library, Spitta and Baron worked with Teo Allain Chambi, the grandson of the photographer and...

  • When Ben Randolph ’15 was choosing a college, Dartmouth emerged as a favorite, he says, because of its “excellent study abroad program in Spain, its small size, and the opportunity to work closely with professors.”

    What he didn’t anticipate was just how extensive these faculty research opportunities would be. Randolph is now in the midst of his third faculty research project, helping Associate Professor of Spanish...

  • Prior Education: Kalamazoo College B.A. French 2011

    Columbia University M.A. French Cultural Studies in a Global Context 2012

    My research this year focuses on French Literature on the Death Penalty and theoretical conceptions of the psychopath. Working with Hugo, Camus, Derrida, and Foucault, among others, I seek to demonstrate how the psychopathic figure becomes the remaining executable subject within the modern theologic state.

    Languages: Primarily English and French,...

  • Charles Pletcher comes to Dartmouth by way of Deep Springs College and Brown University (B.A. Classics and Comparative Literature).

    Broadly, his work focuses on the 20th-century Latin American reception of ancient Greek literature and philosophy.

    This year, his master's thesis develops the notion of the Aristotelian mean through a reading of Griselda Gambaro's Antígona furiosa and Sophocles' Antigone.

    This winter, he is TA-ing a course on Latino/a American theater, and...

  • Before coming to Dartmouth, Jessica completed her undergraduate work at Brown University and the Humboldt University in Berlin, graduating with an Sc.B. in German Studies and Neuroscience. Her honors thesis focused on issues of language and translation in two short stories by the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann.

    Following graduation, she spent a year teaching English at two high schools in Linz, Austria. While at Dartmouth, Jessica has completed coursework mainly in the German...

  • Rachel Starr is originally from Boulder, Colorado and received her A.B. from Brown University.

    Her current research explores the theoretical problems posed by 20th- and 21st-century authors translating their own work, specifically in relation to Nancy Huston and Samuel Beckett.

    At Dartmouth, her coursework has been evenly split between theory seminars and French literature courses, with the addition of German language courses (just for fun).

    She has worked as a teaching...