Purdue's Comparative Literature Program is very proud of its graduate students. Below are several who have won prestigious awards and grants for the 2020-21 academic year.
Lang Wang, a PhD Student in Comparative Literature was awardded the Purdue Research Foundation Research (PRF XR) Grants. This is a one-year award to assist faculty who supervise PhD research in the development of new (or the continuation of ongoing) research projects, by providing for a PRF Research Assistantship. Lang will be working with Dr. Thomas Broden.
Lang's Dissertation title is: "Aspirations and Ambivalences of New Woman: French and Chinese Women’s Press and Fiction, 1900–1930"
Shiyu Zhang received Purdue University College of Liberal Arts one-year fellowship to complete her dissertation titled "War Literature and Cinema: Trauma, Witnessing, and the Memory of Chinese Women since 1919" (Allert, Want, Tilman)
Points of Pride
Student Placement (Last 10 years)
Fan, Jiacheng, Ph.D. in CMPL 2022: "Tracking sishi in Contemporary Chinese Hisorical Novels"
Rodriguez de Jesus, Alejandro, Ph.D. in CMPL. "Sharing Dylan's Euphantasistos Role in Francoist Spain the Context of Commodified Culture."
Wang, Zihan, Ph.D. in CMPL 2020: "Fiction Medicine and the Communist Revolution in the People's Republic of China."
Ismail, Riham, Ph.D. in CMPL 2020: ""The Construction and Negotiation of Identity and Place in Muslim Women's Fictional Narrative."
Alomaish, Ghaleb, Ph.D. in CMPL 2020: “’Double Refraction’: Image Projection and Perception in Saud-American Contexts: A Comparative Study.” Ghaleb has signed a contract as a new Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the English Department at Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi-Arabia.
Quintana-Vallejo, Ricardo, Ph.D. in CMPL 2020: “Children of Globalization: Diasporic Coming-of-Age Novels in Germany, England, and the United States.” He has a two year postdoc position in the National Autonomous Univeristy of Mexico with his project "Intersectional Cartographies of Urban Spaces in Queer-Migrant Coming-of-age Novels in the United States."
Wang, Meng, ABD in CMPL, Ph.D. expected in 2020. “Xingshi yinyuan zhuan 醒世姻緣傳 and Its Conception of Utopia: A Comparative Study.” She has a steady position as an Instructor in Asian Studies, Mercyhurst University, Pennsylvania.
Coly, Malick, PhD in CMPL 2018: “Secular Discourse in Postcolonial West African Narratives: Problems and Perspectives, A Comparative Study.” Visiting Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock University, PA.
Huang, Yuhan, Ph.D. in CMPL 2018, “Remembrance and Rumination: Negotiating Childhood Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” Assistant Professor tenure track Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester N.Y.
Wang, Luyang, Ph.D. in CMPL 2018, “A Comparative Study of Three Interfering Women in Western and Chinese Tales. Visiting Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature and Culture, Washington College, Chestertown, MD.
Tosin, Tulin Ece, PhD. in CMPL 2018, “Haremization of Desdemona: A Comparative Study of Shakespeare’s Othello in the Ottoman Context.” Lecturer in the PLACE program at Purdue University.
Moreno, Laura Ramiro, Ph.D. in CMPL 2018, “Calderón’s Musical Message: The Importance of the Auditory over the Visual.” Limited Term Faculty at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA.
Lu, Wei, Ph.D. in CMPL 2018, “Dissolution and Redemption of Self in Shakespeare’s Four Main Tragedies.”
Weiler, Christina M, PhD. in CMPL 2017, “The Romantic Roots of Cognitive Poetics: A Comparative Study of Poetic Metaphor in Herder, Novalis, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley.” Director of the German Language and Literature Program UNC since Jan 2020 for a three year term, possibly renewable. She is Teaching Assistant Professor in Languages and Cultures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2018, renewable.
O’Neil, Monica, Ph.D. CMPL 2017, “Shades of the Classical Trickster in Shakespeare.” Academic Adviser in Nursing and Instructor of English, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville IN.
Hancock, Adam, Ph.D. in CMPL 2017, “American National Personifications.” Adjunct instructor Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah and a freelance writer and editor.
Beskin, Joanna, Ph.D. in CMPL 2016 “Perceval’s Sister and Juliet Capulet as Disruptive Guides in Spiritual Quests.” Adult Services Vigo County Public Library Terre Haute, IN (Postulate for Priesthood in Anglican Church).
Alcantara, Christiane, Ph.D. in CMPL 2015, “The Beauty of Impertinence in World Literature,” Honors Faculty Fellow Arizona State U.
Olivera, Natália Fontes de, Ph.D. in CMPL 2015. “Three Traveling Women Writers: Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Brazil, Patagonia, and the US, 1859-79.” Professor d’Departemento de Letras Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa Minas Gerias, Brazil.
Koppy, Kate, Ph.D.in CMPL 2015 “Cinderella and Other Fairy Tales as Secular Scripture in Contemporary America and Russia.” Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanties at the New Economic School in Moscow Russia.
Ross, Slaney, Ph.D. in CMPL 2015, “The Secret History of the English Spy: 1674-1800.” Freelancing in New York City.
Zhai, Runlei, Ph.D. in CMPL 2015. “Chinese Eco Films and their Pastoral Myth.” Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, North State Farmland University, Raleigh NC.
Lotz, Jason, Ph.D. in CMPL 2014 “Against Babel: A Comparative Model of Tragedy.” Assistant Professor tenure track SUNY Farmingdale, NY.
Ferreira, Roberto, Ph.D. in CMPL 2011. “Oppressed Voices: Fighting for Freedom in Slums in Contemporary Caribbean and Brazilian Fiction and Film.” He is Professor of English, Departamento de Linguas e Letras, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil.
Seixas Pereira Filho, José Newton de, Ph.D. in CMPL 2010 “The Non-Violent and Violent Mimetic desires of Street Orphan Characters in Anglo-American and Luso-Brasilian Literatures.” Became a Dean and Professor in Brazil.
Su, Peiru, PhD. in CMPL 2010,““And the Darkness Comprehended it Not’—Epiphany in Joyce and Fei Ming.” Teaching position in China.
Liao, Yilin, Ph.D. in CMPL 2010 “Who is Digging the Well and What is in the Well: An Analysis of Well Images in Chinese Fiction and Cinema.” (Clinical) Teaching Professor of Chinese Department of World Languages and Linguistics West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Pierson, Stephen, Ph.D. in CMPL, 2010, “Monologism and Dialogism in Hölderlin and Whitman.” He is Associate Professor of English, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, New York.
Wu, Shaojing (Rita), Ph.D. 2010 in CMPL, “A Verbal Paradise Visualized: An Ekphrastic Study of the ‘Daguanyuan’ in Cao Xueqin's Hongloumen” (2010). Founder of a firm, no longer academic.
Liao, Yilin, PhD. 2010 in CMPL, “Cultural Crises: A Comparison of Well Images and their Analogues in Chinese Literature and Film from the 1980s to 2003.” Teaching Assistant Professor in West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Lyaskovets, Tetyana, Ph.D. 2010 in CMPL, “Temporal and Visual Structures in Bely, Nabokov, Robbe-Grillet, and Resnais.” Left for U Bochum Germany with her husband a Max Blanck Fellow.
Past Comparative Literature Thesis/Dissertations:
Ricardo Quintana Vallejo (Ph.D. Comparative Literature) "Children of Globalization: Diasporic Coming-of-age Novels in German, England, and the United States".
Ghaleb Alomaish (Ph.D. Comparative Literature) "Double Reflection: Image Projection and Perception in Saudi-American Contexts: A Comparative Study"
Malick Coly (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Secular Discourse in Postcolonial West African Narratives: Problems and Perspectives. A Comparative Study.”
Luyang Wang (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “A Comparative Study of Three Interfering Women in Western and Chinese Tales.”
Yuhan Huang (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Remembrance and Rumination: Negotiating Childhood Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”
Tulin Ece Tosun. (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature). "Haremization of Desdemona: A Comparative Study of Shakespeare's Othello in the Ottoman Context."
Laura Ramiro Moreno. (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature). “Calderón’s Musical Message: The Importance of the Auditory over the Visual.”
Christina M. Weiler, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "The Romantic Roots of Cognitive Poetics: A Comparative Study of Poetic Metaphor in Herder, Novalis, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley."
Jiacheng Fan, (MA thesis in Comparative Literature). "Strategies of Fantasy in E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pu Song-Ling.”
Joanna Benskin. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Perceval’s Sister and Juliet Caulet as Disruptive Guides in spiritual Quests."
Natalia Fontes de Oliveira, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Three Traveling Women Writers: Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Brazil, Patagonia, and the U.S., 1859-79."
Runlei Zhai. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Chinese Eco-Films and their Pastoral Myth.”
Slaney Chadwick Ross, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "The Secret History of the English Spy: 1674-1800."
Sijian Yao. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Twentieth-century Ideas of Love in D. H. Lsawrence and Eileen Chang.”
Kate Christine Moore Koppy. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Cinderella and other Fairy Tales as Secular Scripture in Contemporary America and Russia.”
Christiane Fontinha de Alcantara. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “The Beauty of Impertinence in World Literature from 1740-1977.”
Jinhua Li, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Transnational Remakes: Gender and Politics in Chinese Cinemas and Hollywood: 1990-2009."
Shaojing Wu, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "A Verbal Paradise Visualized: An Ekphrastic Study of the "Daguanyuan" in Cao Xueqin's Hongloumeng."
Simone Caroti, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "The Generation Starship in Science Fiction, 1934-1977."
Teresa Joyce Nunes, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Zines in three Contemporary Grassroots' Movements in Brazil and the United States."
Patrick D. Kiley, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Making Sense of Pain: Reading the Sensible Body of Late Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century France."
Özlem Ögüt Yazicioglu (Ph.D. Comparative Literature), “The Gesture in Narrative, Art, and Theory: Diderot, Jean Paul, and Sterne in the Context of the Debate between Verbalists and Visualists.” 1999.