UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

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

Author Biographies

 Claudia Carroll graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a joint honours B.A. in English Literature and History. Her research interests include narrative theory, specifically the development and effects of fragmentary novel forms in the long nineteenth century, Irish literature, historiography and memory studies. She also has an interest in the realist/non-realist dichotomy in literary criticism, and the implications of the vitality of the Gothic and other imaginative novel genres in peripheral Anglophone writing. She is currently working as a technical writer in the small, friendly city of Cork in southwest Ireland, and hopes to return to university as a postgraduate student in English in the near future.

Ozichi Emeziem is a senior at UC Berkeley where she studies Comparative Literature, concentrating on English as well as French literature, and also holds a minor in Ethnic Studies. Her research interests center around postcolonial, spatial, and queer theories as it relates to African/Black identities and narratives in literature as well as film. In addition to these interests, she hopes to one day extend her publications to include short stories and essays. Her ultimate goal is to utilize writing as a liberatory practice that honors not only her own experiences, but those of her ancestors and those who will come afterwards.

Alec Fisher is a senior at the University of Southern Maine, majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing.  His academic interests include Marxist theory, queer theory, and French postmodern critical theory.  His undergraduate scholarship has gathered around the French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, exploring their intersections with the literature of multiple time periods.  He hopes to enter into a PhD program in critical theory in 2017.  When he is not writing for publication, Alec works to make the perfect cappuccino as a barista at Starbucks.

 Rachel Park earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature with highest honors at UC Berkeley in May 2016, focusing on Francophone and Korean literature and film. She is interested in developing a transnational perspective on how art and language can be powerful forms of social critique, particularly in the face of historical violence. She is currently working at the Social Science Matrix, a research institute at UC Berkeley that focuses on promoting cross-disciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences to tackle globally significant issues.