UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

A Premier Humanities Research Journal at the University of California, Berkeley

Author Biographies

Dulcie Everitt is a recent graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in English and minored in Government and Philosophy. Dulcie’s interests are wide-ranging; from female writers of the eighteenth century to “BrexLit”—the genre of literature that emerged following the Brexit Referendum of 2016, she delights in exploring literature’s impact on its contemporary time period. Her undergraduate thesis “BrexLit: The Problem of Englishness in Pre- and Post-Brexit Referendum Literature” will be published as a full length book in 2021 by Zero Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing. She currently works as a Communications Executive at a PR firm based in London, England.

Soo Hyun Hwang is a fourth year Comparative Literature and Culture major at Yonsei University in South Korea. Among her many and disorganized academic interests, the more current ones are novels of circulation, gothic campus novels, the nouveau roman, Walter Benjamin’s fixation with Chinese philosophy and art, and depictions of mathematics and fashion in literature. At the moment her favorite author is Eileen Chang. Following her acceptance to a graduate program in English literature, she is currently pursuing an independent research project on xenophilia among expatriate communities in 20th century Europe and its relation to theories of art developed during this time.

Jingyan Zhang grew up in Dongguan, a city in Guangdong, China. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2019, double majoring in Comparative Literature and Linguistics. This article was written as a Senior Honor Thesis for her undergraduate studies. Her research interests include comparative analysis, linguistics, trauma studies, and Chinese literature. At UCSB, she also undertook Linguistics independent studies projects on Mandarin and other lesser-known languages. She will start her MA in East Asian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Annalena Wolcke just graduated from Princeton University, where she majored in Comparative Literature. Born and raised in Germany, she came to the States for college, where she became involved in prison tutoring and investigative journalism. She considers herself a prison abolitionist and is interested in examining the intersections of prison abolition and feminism, and particularly the role that the MeToo movement has played in nourishing carceral feminist viewpoints. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and expand her understanding of activist academia, producing scholarship that can both act as and inspire activism.