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Purdue's Comparative Literature Program is very proud of its graduate students. Below are several who have won prestigious awards and grants for the 2018-19 academic year.

Riham Ismail, a Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature and a teaching assistant in classics and Jason Wright, a Ph.D. student and TA in French won $1,000 from Associate Provost of Engagement, Steve Abel, for their community service-learning project "Relinking the French Cultural Heritage of Greater Lafayette" with Harrison High School.

Lynn Fellowship 
Shiyu Zhang

Points of Pride

Recent Dissertions from Comparative Literature Graduate Students:

Malick Coly (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Secular Discourse in Postcolonial West African Narratives: Problems and Perspectives. A Comparative Study.” 2018

Luyang Wang (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “A Comparative Study of Three Interfering Women in Western and Chinese Tales.” 2018.

Yuhan Huang (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Remembrance and Rumination: Negotiating Childhood Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” 2018.

Tulin Ece Tosun. (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature). "Haremization of Desdemona: A Comparative Study of Shakespeare's Othello in the Ottoman Context." 2018.

Laura Ramiro Moreno. (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature). “Calderón’s Musical Message: The Importance of the Auditory over the Visual.” 2018.

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."  2017.

Joanna Benskin. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Perceval’s Sister and Juliet Caulet as Disruptive Guides in spiritual Quests." 2016.

Natalia Fontes de Oliveira, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Three Traveling Women Writers: Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Brazil, Patagonia, and the U.S., 1859-79.", 2015

Runlei Zhai. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Chinese Eco-Films and their Pastoral Myth.” 2015.

Slaney Chadwick Ross, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature).  "The Secret History of the English Spy: 1674-1800." 2015

Sijian Yao. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Twentieth-century Ideas of Love in D. H. Lsawrence and Eileen Chang.” 2015.

Kate Christine Moore Koppy. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “Cinderella and other Fairy Tales as Secular Scripture in Contemporary America and Russia.” 2015

Christiane Fontinha de Alcantara. (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). “The Beauty of Impertinence in World Literature from 1740-1977.” 2015.

Jiacheng Fan, (MA thesis in Comparative Literature). "Strategies of Fantasy in E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pu Song-Ling.” 2017

Jinhua Li, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature).  "Transnational Remakes: Gender and Politics in Chinese Cinemas and Hollywood: 1990-2009." 2011

Shaojing Wu, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "A Verbal Paradise Visualized: An Ekphrastic Study of the "Daguanyuan" in Cao Xueqin's Hongloumeng." 2010

Teresa Joyce Nunes, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Zines in three Contemporary Grassroots' Movements in Brazil and the United States." 2006

Patrick D. Kiley, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "Making Sense of Pain: Reading the Sensible Body of Late Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century France." 2000

Simone Caroti, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature). "The Generation Starship in Science Fiction, 1934-1977." 2009

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.

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