Callie Starn is a junior transfer student majoring in Comparative Literature. Her focus is on German and English literature. Because of her love of languages she is learning the International Phonetic Alphabet to get a leg up on the pronunciations of all the world’s languages. However, currently she is just being taunted by words like this, [ínʈ͡ɬ’ànt͡ɬ’à] the phonetic transcription of “good luck” in Zulu.
Wesley Boyko is a third year student. He studies Comparative Literature (with a focus on English and Latin) and desires to read Virgil’s Aeneid in the original language one day. After spending two years at Mt. San Antonio College, he transferred to Berkeley, hoping to plumb the depths of his favorite books. Wesley is particularly interested in how literature can both offer insights into and influence the human condition.
Joe Temes is a first-year at Berkeley. He intends to study philosophy and comparative literature. He enjoys thinking about the nature of the individual, the structural means through which people come together and interact, and how things should be. Falling asleep on the grass under the shade of trees on sunny California afternoons is a cultural ritual he practices with utmost dedication.
Andrew Kuznetsov is a second-year studying Comparative Literature and History. He is eternally learning French, Russian, Spanish, and so on. His interests include the internet, world languages, world music, world history, and post-everything-ism. His favorite authors alternate at despicable speeds that would likely outdate this short autobiographical blurb within minutes of its publication.
Emily Shen is a second year applied math major and major literature enthusiast. She has a background in Chinese languages and Latin literature. Her academic interests include analyzing classical and intersectional themes in literature as well as trying to learn enough math to understand numerical analysis. She uses up more time, than she will admit, sketching on campus, watching dogs on Memorial Glade, photographing the squirrels of Dwinelle Hall, and indulging in cafe food.
Madeline Cline is a third year at Berkeley studying English and Political Economy. She is planning on graduating a semester early which means she is frantically concerned about her lack of marketable skills and the fact that she may never have another class in the infamous, beloved, and (currently) elusive Wheeler Hall. Her academic focus is 20th century literature, particularly that which is written from and by the subaltern, as well as globalization and what those phenomena mean for the majority of the global population. When she is not reading with fervorous panic for one of her classes you can find her knitting, sleeping in sun-filled parks, cooking for her friends, and generally practicing to be a grandmother.
Tasha Symons is a junior English major and Philosophy minor, who is originally from England but transferred to Berkeley from Orange County. She speaks decent French, indecent Spanish, and drinks more tea than anyone she’s ever met. Her greatest joy in literature is identifying philosophical structures within a given text—the wilder the better—and testing the limits of how outlandish a thesis the GSIs will let her get away with. She’ll read almost any genre, but maintains a lifelong love of “Frankenstein,” “Paradise Lost,” and anything SF.
Arya Sureshbabu is a second-year English major who has been described alternately as either a “smol bean” or “Hamlet but a girl” (no, she does not understand how those two coexist either). She’s fond of saying that she’s fond of most literature but often finds that once she starts qualifying her tastes, she can’t stop—at any rate, she particularly likes Shakespeare, Austen, and Woolf. She wishes she could say she were a raconteuse, but it would probably be more accurate to say that she’s prone to overenthusiastic rants. When she isn’t hiding behind her books, Arya enjoys overanalyzing animated movies, delivering melodramatic monologues to her long-suffering sister, listening to increasingly obscure folk music, and consuming unhealthy amounts of cheese.