University of Rochester


A number of other faculty from these and related departments regularly teach courses in the Literary Translation Studies program.

Claudia Schaefer

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PhD, Washington University
Rush Rhees Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Her research and teaching interests encompass all aspects of cultural production in Latin America and Spain of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has published five books and numerous articles in these areas. Her latest book is a biography of Frida Kahlo (Greenwood Press, 2008). She is currently writing on the Mexican film director Arturo Ripstein, and is completing a volume on anarchism and utopian thought.

Jennifer Grotz

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PhD University of Houston
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
Literary Translation Advisor

Jennifer Grotz’s most recent book of poems, The Needle, explores both Polish and American twentieth-century poetry and its traditions. According to a Washington Post review (4/20/11), "Where many writers look inward and mine their private landscapes, Grotz sees the objects and scenes around her. . . . Attentiveness brings her poems—and the world—alive. . . . Grotz's perspective makes her work feel objective and insightful, even when she writes about family tragedies. Her ability to balance artistry and emotion results in buoyant poetry."

Her previous collection, Cusp, is informed by the phrase entre chien et loup, between dog and wolf, which is a French colloquialism for twilight. It signifies a brief instant in the blue light of dusk when the dog, who roams during the day, is about to retreat and when the wolf, who roams at night, just begins to come out. Cusp is a book about being in a kind of middleness, and it is also a book that aims to locate itself in terms of a literary tradition.

Susan Gustafson

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PhD Stanford University
Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Susan Gustafson teaches courses on 18-20th century German literature and culture, comparative literature, and women's studies, such as Poe and Hoffmann, Sexuality and Gender, and Monsters, Ghosts, and Aliens. She has published numerous articles on Lessing, Goethe, Kleist, Hoffmann, Kafka, and Dickens. She received a GSA book award in 2004 for her second book, Men Desiring Men and a Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching in 2006.

Bette London

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PhD, University of California-Berkeley
Professor of English
Department of English

Bette London's research has been largely concerned with questions of authorship, broadly conceived, in the context of 19th and 20th-century British writing, especially the novel. She has explored such issues as the cult of authorship surrounding modernist and feminist icons; the construction of voice as a contested site of cultural and aesthetic authority; modes of literary production; and reception history. She regularly engages debates within feminist, gender, and postcolonial theory, and explores the usefulness of these critical practices for the production of close textual readings. While much of her work has focused on highly canonical texts and authors, she has also been interested in authorial practices that have not generally been celebrated, sometimes not even recognized as such. This has led her to the non-canonical writings of some of the most canonized writers: the juvenilia of the Brontës, for example, or the automatic writing of W. B. and Georgie Yeats. And it has prompted her investigation of alternative writing practices, such as literary collaboration and mediumship—practices, she argues, that deserve a more prominent place in our understanding of the social construction of authorship and its literary history. She is currently developing a project on posthumous writing.

John Michael

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​PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies
​Department of English

John Michael's research interests include contemporary relations between academic intellectuals and popular politics, the problematics of national identity in American literary romances and films, and the complex interrelations between the interpretation of literature and the reading of history.

Joanna Scott

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M.A., Brown
Roswell S. Burrows Professor of English
Department of English

Character and the motion of thought; the effects of varied narrative form; contradictory perceptions of time and place; the idiosyncrasies of voice; mystery and the impact of disclosure; beauty and ugliness; comedy, temptation, collapse, and recovery; the elusive potential of imagination—these are some of the subjects that Joanna Scott explores in her novels and stories. Modern and contemporary authors she has written about include Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, W.G. Sebald, Maureen Howard, William Gass, and J.M. Coetzee.