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Comparative Literature Graduate Student Profiles

Naqaa Abbas
Comparative Literature PhD


abuawadKarim Abuawad
Comparative Literature PhD 3

I earned a BA in English literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After completing my undergraduate degree, I recognized that comparative literature is my natural home because it would allow me to work on English and Arabic literatures. After earning an MA in comparative literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I went back to Palestine and taught English literature for one year at the English Department of Al-Quds University in the West Bank. After that instructive and pleasant experience, I decided to come to Western to work on a PhD in comparative literature. My broad research interests include twentieth-century British and Arabic novels, specifically those written by Egyptian and Lebanese novelists. 


Reza Ashouri Talooki
Comparative Literature PhD 2

Reza Ashouri Talooki is a first-year PhD student of Comparative Literature at Western University. He came to Western with an M.A. in English literature from the University of Tehran, Iran, where he focused his thesis on Postcolonial Theories/Studies. Reza's areas of interest are British Imperial Literature, Diaspora Studies, Literature of Migration, Trauma Theory, and Feminist Writings besides his interest in literary theories arising from the works by Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault.


Aviva Atlani
Comparative Literature PhD


banerjeeSarbani Banerjee
Comparative Literature PhD 3


Ishan Dasgupta
Comparative Literature MA1


DominaNatalya Domina
Comparative Literature PhD1
Originally from Ukraine, I studied Ukrainian philology and literary theory at the National University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla academy.' I hold an MA in Comparative Literature from Western University. My research interests include socialist utopia, Ukrainian literature, Russian experimental fiction, theory and practice of translation.


ebrahimiMehraneh Ebrahimi Eshratabadi
Comparative Literature PhD 3

I am a second year PhD student in Comparative Literature. My current research focuses on the Paranoid Subject of North American cultural imagination; A Comparative Analysis of the Construction of the Other during the Cold War and that of the “War on Terror”. I am also interested in the questions of Human Rights and the lip service it pays to empty signifiers of democracy, women liberation and political emancipation. I chose to study Comparative Literature due to its marginal, interdisciplinary position in humanities, giving me the fluidity to peek through cement walls which have been erected between faculties that interest me; faculties as diverse as Social Science, Information and Media Studies, Women Studies and of course Literature and Humanities. Also, since I have grown up in several countries across the world, I am privileged enough to speak several languages (including Italian, Persian, French and English) aiding me in my interdisciplinary endeavors. Feel free to contact me with questions regarding the program or my research interests. Email: mberhai8@uwo.ca


godboutKevin Godbout
Comparative Literature PhD 4

I was born and raised in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and I come to Comparative Literature by way of degrees in English at l'Université de Moncton (BA) and York University (MA). I came to the department to take advantage of my knowledge of French and English and slowly expand my German. I'm interested in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry, short prose and aphorisms alongside literary theory of various colours and stripes.


KaurRamanpreet Kaur
Comparative Literature PhD1

I am a first year PhD candidate in Comparative Literature. My research interests include British Imperial Literature, South Asian Colonial and Post Colonial Literature, and the dialectics of cultural exchange in Theatre and Performative Arts. I have earned my MA, MPhil and PhD from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. My previous PhD (English) thesis, entitled “The Dynamics of Violence: A Study of Selected Novels of Nadine Gordimer,” was funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) New Delhi, India. I am proficient in English, Hindi, and Punjabi, and I have intermediate knowledge of Urdu, Sanskrit, and French.


nushajDriton Nushaj

Comparative Literature MA 2


Julia Patek
Comparative Literature MA1


persaudLeah Persaud

Comparative Literature MA 2

I am a second year Master's student in the Comparative Literature program, and for my thesis I am focusing on instances of beauty and the grotesque in German and Italian fairy tales from the 17th and 19th centuries. I also did my undergrad here at Western and decided to stay here for graduate school because of the amazing faculty and beautiful campus.


Anda Pleniceanu
Comparative Literature MA1


priviteraAndrea Privitera
Comparative Literature PhD 2

Andrea Privitera is a PhD student in Comparative Literature. he received both his BA in Humanities and his MA in Literary theory from the University of Padua (Italy), and completed part of his Master's studies at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). His research interests include literature in Italian and English, literary theory, film and media theory, the relationship between textual and audiovisual media, and transmedia storytelling.


tannahillAmberle Tannahill

Comparative Literature MA 2 


wuYanxiang Wu
Comparative Literature PhD 3

I am a second year PhD student in Comparative Literature. My thesis project is a comparative study of the ideas / concepts of the New World(s) in Montaigne's Essais and Milton's Paradise Lost, with special focuses on how and to what extent the two authors cosmologies weigh on their art. Before coming to Western, I did my MA in English in Peking University, China. I started with the MA program in Comparative Literature at Western and was then transferred to the PhD program.


YlaganChristian Ylagan
Comparative Literature PhD 1

My journey to Comparative Literature has been fairly circuitous, having come to the discipline through various intellectual pursuits. I received my undergraduate degree from Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), where I majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. A lifelong interest in literature and reading led me to a career in teaching English to high school students, where I was also involved in student leadership and formation. Realizing that I am interested in multiple aspects of literature from production to reception to theory to pedagogy, I decided to do my MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, where I focused primarily on Postcolonialism and national literatures. Presently, my main interest is in the intersection of Postcolonialism with popular culture and media studies, but I’m also keen on depictions of national and queer identities, subjectivity and body modification, theories of control, and diasporic literature. I’m currently involved with Streetprint Manila, a research project chronicling current trends and texts in Filipino popular culture.


zehentbauerJanice Zehentbauer

Comparative Literature PhD 5

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. My dissertation focuses upon the intersections of perception, neurological illness, and modes of technology in nineteenth-century European novels and medical treatises. I am from the Niagara region, and divide my time between Virgil and London, Ontario. I have a BA Honours in English and an MA in Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts, both from Brock University. I also have an MA in English from the University of Waterloo, where I took the “co-op” option, working at the Toronto Police Museum. In 2009 I chose to study at Western for its collegial atmosphere, its dynamic Modern Languages and Literatures department, and its extensive library holdings. In 2011, my studies were funded by an OGS; in 2012, I received a SSHRC scholarship as well as a Graduate Research Scholarship. Studying at Western has allowed me to pursue my own areas of interest, while continuing my studies of French and Spanish, and expanding my knowledge of the discipline of Comparative Literature. The faculty, staff, and fellow students in the MLL department and those in the departments of English and Film make it a joy to do my graduate work at Western.