UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

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

Author Biographies

Rachel Whitford is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh who wrote this paper in her final year of her Undergraduate degree. While at the University of Edinburgh, Rachel worked as a Senior News Writer for the university’s main campus newspaper The Student where she mainly reported on social and gender issues in the Edinburgh area. She also interned for an academic publishing company that specialises in medical research. Rachel has always been drawn to contemporary literature and became particularly interested in postmodernist and constructivist thinking and its tension with capitalist normality while studying her undergrad. Rachel is due to start studying an MSc in Applied Educational and Social Research with the University of Strathclyde in September 2019.

Nicole Bilan is a third-year student of Comparative Literature at King’s College London. She is especially interested in the role that poetry plays in exploring identity within zones of conflict and postcolonial societies. She is currently researching Cuban and Caribbean poetry, namely Derek Walcott’s Omeros, for her dissertation. Nicole is also the editor of Chapter Catcher, a quarterly magazine that aims to make a range of literature more accessible, and to broaden literary horizons. Once she has graduated, she plans to continue her campaign for a more diverse canon in her role at Chapter Catcher, and to pursue her study of Comparative Literature at graduate level.

Tae Catalina Markey grew up in between Bogotá, Colombia and Paris, France. She recently graduated from Duke University’s Program in Literature with a major in Global Cultural Studies and a minor in Philosophy. She is interested in media theory, Latin American literature, and contemporary film. While at Duke, she also undertook projects in dance, podcast production, and DJing. Although she will be working at a film magazine next year, she plans to pursue a PhD in comparative literature at some point in her life.