Fall 2018

T. Austin Graham

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

T. Austin Graham is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and the author of The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013). His work is largely on American literature's relationship to other arts and disciplines, and he has published essays in ELH, American Literary History, American Literature, and New Literary History. He is presently at work on a book about U.S. historical fiction.

Theodore Hughes

Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities
Columbia University

Theodore Hughes received his Ph.D. in modern Korean literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (2002). He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He is the co-editor of Intermedial Aesthetics: Korean Literature, Film, and Art (special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies, 2015) and Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Other publications include  “Korean Literature Across Colonial Modernity and Cold War” (PMLA, 2011); “Planet Hallyuwood: Imaging the Korean War” (Acta Koreana, 2011); “Return to the Colonial Present: Ch’oe In-hun’s Cold War Pan-Asianism” (positions: east asia cultures critique, 2011); “‘North Koreans’ and other Virtual Subjects: Kim Yong-ha, Hwang Suk-young, and National Division in the Age of Posthumanism” (The Review of Korean Studies, 2008); “Korean Memories of the Vietnam and Korean Wars: A Counter-History” (Japan Focus, 2007); “Korean Visual Modernity and the Developmental Imagination” (SAI, 2006); “Development as Devolution: Nam Chong-hyon and the ‘Land of Excrement’ Incident” (Journal of Korean Studies, 2005); “Producing Sovereign Spaces in the Emerging Cold War World Order: Immediate Postliberation ‘North’ and ‘South’ Korean Literature” (Han’guk Munhak Yon’gu, 2005); Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005). His second book, The Continuous War: Cultures of Division in Korea (forthcoming from Columbia University Press) offers a cultural history of the Korean War spanning from the early 1950s through the early 2000s. Professor Hughes is Director of The Center for Korean Research.

Alberto Medina

Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Alberto Medina specializes in XVIIIth-century studies, contemporary Spanish literature and film, and transatlantic studies. 
He is the author of Exorcismos de la memoria: políticas y poéticas de la melancolía en la España de la transición, and Espejo de sombras: sujeto y multitud en la España del siglo XVIII. His articles have been published in journals such as Hispania, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Iberoamericana and Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.

Graciela Montaldo

Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Professor Montaldo specializes in modern Latin American cultures. She has published Museo del consumo. Archivos de la cultura de masas en la Argentina (2016), Rubén Darío. Viajes de un cosmopolita extremo (FCE, 2013), Zonas ciegas. Populismos y experimentos culturales en Argentina (2010), A propriedade da Cultura (2004), Teoría crítica, teoría cultural (2001), Ficciones culturales y fábulas de identidad en América Latina (1999), La sensibilidad amenazada (1995), and De pronto el campo (1993). She is co-editor of The Argentina Reader: History, Culture and Politics (2002), Esplendores y miserias del siglo XIX (1996) and Yrigoyen entre Borges y Arlt (1989). She has published journal articles in Latin America, the United States, and Europe on Independence writers, Latin American fin-de-siècle, modern culture, contemporary literature, as well as culture industry and institutions in Latin America.

Barbara Weinstein

Silver Professor; Professor of History
New York University

Eliza Zingesser

Assistant Professor
Columbia University

Eliza Zingesser is a specialist of medieval French and Occitan literature. She was formerly a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2012-2013) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa (2013-2014). She is particularly interested in issues of cultural and linguistic contact, gender and sexuality, and animal studies. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Stolen Song: How the Troubadours Became French. Stolen Song documents for the first time the act of cultural appropriation that created a founding moment for French literary history: the rescripting and domestication of troubadour song, a prestige corpus in the European sphere, as French, and the simultaneous creation of an alternative point of origin for French literary history—a body of faux-archaic Occitanizing song. Her Heyman Center project, Borderlands: Intercultural Encounters in the Medieval Pastourelle, shows how pastoral literature became a privileged site for medieval French explorations of cultural and linguistic difference. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Modern Philology, MLN, and New Medieval Literatures. She recently won the Society for French Studies’ Malcolm Bowie Prize for the best article by an early career researcher for her article, “Pidgin Poetics: Bird Talk in Medieval France and Occitania.”