The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

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

Author Biographies

Jamie Huffer graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in the summer of 2018 with a degree in Spanish & Portuguese. He plans to explore his interest in Brazilian Cinema, contemporary Latina/o writing and modern Latin American literature at graduate level. Jamie is also a film enthusiast and filmmaker. Whilst at Oxford, he co-wrote and co-directed Ellipsis, a short film inspired by the life and writing of Portuguese modernist Fernando Pessoa and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil that is currently in post-production. He is currently pursuing a career in film production in the UK.

Viviana Kawas is a recent graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi, where she majored in Literature and Creative Writing. Her research interests include twenty-first century Latin American fiction, translation theory, gender, decolonial studies, and notions of the “contemporary”—particularly within a Latin American literary context. Viviana currently works as Assistant Researcher at NYU Steinhardt, where she is project coordinator of the MEAL (Math in Everyday Activities of Latino Families) project under NYU L-FELD, an Applied Psychology research team. Some of her favorite books include Valeria Luiselli’s Los ingrávidos, Guadalupe Nettel’s Después del invierno, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

Elizabeth Winter is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University where she majored in English as well as French and Political Science. First enamored by Jane Eyre in high school, Elizabeth was even more intrigued to discover Wide Sargasso Sea at Vanderbilt and to have the opportunity to research and write extensively on both texts in her senior thesis. She is especially interested in feminist and critical race theory, violent expressions of agency, and how depictions of such violence may signal transatlantic literary connections. In the coming years, she hopes to continue to explore these topics while pursuing graduate study in English literature.