Department of Art History, and Programs in Comparative Literary Studies and Middle East and North African StudiesHannah Feldman is Associate Professor of Art History and core faculty in Middle Eastern and North African Studies as well as Comparative Literary Studies. Her research, teaching, and advising center on late modern and contemporary art and visual culture. She is the author of From a Nation Torn: Decolonizing Art and Representation in France (2014). She has published numerous articles about contemporary art and visual culture in publications including Artforum and Art Journal, as well as in exhibition catalogues for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Kunsthalle Zürich, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others. She is presently working on three related projects, based on advanced study in the anthropology of space and governmentality: art and public space in Lebanon during the 1990s; love, temporality, and scale in contemporary art; and artist-imagined and developed arts institutions in the MENAT region between 2001 and 2011.
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Department of English, Kaplan Humanities Institute, and the Programs in Middle East and North African Studies and Comparative Literary StudiesRebecca C. Johnson is a scholar of comparative literature with a specialization in modern Arabic literature and literary culture. Her research focuses on literary exchanges between Arabic and European languages in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history and theory of the novel, and studies of transnational literary circulation and translation. Her first book, Stranger Fictions: A History of the Novel in Arabic Translation, 1835-1913 (2020), theorizes a cross-linguistic history of Arabic literary modernity by tracing the production and reception of translated fiction in the first decades of Middle Eastern novelistic production. She is now at work on Visionary Politics: Revolutionary Transnationalism and the Aesthetics of the Arab Avant-Garde, which looks to the history of contemporary Arab literary styles since the 1960s.
Department of English and Program in Comparative Literary Studies
A veteran and fan of the Kaplan Scholars, Jules Law directed the program for many years and has taught in it several times, most recently in a 2019 course on “Empire.” He is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and a specialist in literary theory and Victorian literature. His various essays on Derrida, Joyce, Wittgenstein, and other theoretical topics have appeared in PMLA, Critical Inquiry, SIGNS, New Literary History, and other journals. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Empiricism (Cornell 1993) and The Social Life of Fluids: Blood, Milk, and Water in the Victorian Novel (Cornell 2010). Essays from his current book project, Being There: Technologies of Immediation in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, have appeared in ELH, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction. He has received numerous teaching and public-service awards, including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching (2007) and the Centro Romero Community Leadership award (2008).
Department of English and Program in Creative WritingJuan Martinez is a fiction writer and assistant professor of creative writing and contemporary literature. He was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and has since lived in Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the author of the short story collection Best Worst American: Stories (2017). His work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, TriQuarterly, Huizache, Ecotone, National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, The Perpetual Engine of Hope: Stories Inspired by Iconic Vegas Photographs, and in the anthology Who Will Speak for America?
Department of Anthropology and Program in Middle East and North African StudiesJessica Winegar is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work investigates how people articulate understandings of history and political-economic change through cultural production and consumption, in particular through competing notions of culture and culturedness. She is primarily concerned with the multiple ways that culture projects create social hierarchies and modern subjects while frequently hiding the mechanisms of these processes, thereby contributing to their durability. Winegar’s first book, Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt (2006), examined the intense debates over cultural authenticity and artistic value that accompanied market liberalization in Egypt in the 1990s and early 2000s. Her current book project, Counter-Revolutionary Aesthetics: How Egypt’s Uprising Faltered, examines how aesthetic forms, judgments, and practices play a central role in both delegitimizing revolutionary actions and in producing everyday right-wing attachments.
Department of English and Center for Native American and Indigenous ResearchKelly Wisecup is a scholar of Native American literatures, early American literatures, and science and literature in the Atlantic world. She is the author of Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (2013) and is currently completing Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing, on early Native American literatures and their relations to colonial collections and archive, tracing how Native writers engaged and reconfigured sciences of collecting by repurposing non-narrative genres like lists, catalogs, and scrapbooks. She is directing multiple grant-funded projects, including collaborative archiving and remapping of Native Americans' stories and photographs in Chicago, and examining the shifting environmental, political, economic, and racial climates of Indigenous art and activism along the Mississippi River Valley.