Students of the REMS DE
Zach’s primary interest is the development of Swedish national identity from the Scandinavian Reformation until King Gustaf III’s assassination in 1792. This research project particularly concerns the depiction of Norse antiquity by authors such as Olaus Magnus, Olaus Rudbeck, and Olof von Dalin. Other interests include the influence of English and French literature on Swedish satire, the rococo troubadour Carl Michael Bellman, and the partisan patronage of writers by Mösspartiet (the Cap Party) and Hattpartiet (the Hat Party). Zach came to UC Berkeley in 2014 by way of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota where he earned his BA in Scandinavian Studies and Latin.
Spanish and Portuguese
Molly came to Berkeley in 2012 by way of Princeton (A.B. 2009), Cambridge (M.Phil 2010), and the Dominican Republic, where she taught high-school history. She is interested in all things Jesuit—intellectual history, imagination and the fashioning of worlds and selves, world systems and cosmology, and subject-formation under colonial labor systems and the emerging modern State—in early-modern Iberia and Ibero-America. She is a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the DE in Critical Theory.
Simon is primarily interested in the history of theology and its relationship to pedagogical and scholarly practices between the Reformation and the Enlightenment, with a particular focus on England in the seventeenth century. He is currently focusing on the history of “useful knowledge” as it emerged from the practice and literature of practical divinity in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. This work fits into his broad interests in religious devotion, theories of knowledge and secularity. He joined the Department of History in 2015 after graduating with a BPhil in history and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.
Keith Budner joined UC Berkeley’s Comparative Literature department in 2010 after graduating from the University of Chicago (2007) and three years living and teaching in Madrid. His primary focus is on Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain with complimentary interests in Latin, Italian, Greek and English literature. His work and research is guided by questions of individual vs. communal identity, the social function of genre, the relationship between historiography and literature, and the transmission of cultural forms against divergent socio-political backdrops.
History of Art
A native of France, Karine Douplitzky moved to the Bay area in 2011 having worked for ten years as a documentary filmmaker. Her current research focuses on early modern France, in particular on the period of transition in the iconographical model from Poussin to Rubens during Louis XIV’s reign, and on the shift of influence from Italy to the Netherlands. Her interests include the relation of art and literature, the idea of the “natural” developed by the *précieuses* in feminine literature and the expressions of “passions” codified by Le Brun in art. Overall, she is intrigued by themes such as spontaneity, pleasure, and contingency in painting.
Kate’s interests are primarily in sixteenth-century Italian literature and their seventeenth- and eighteenth century counterparts in music, opera, and theatre. She particularly focuses on the reception and adaptations of the Italian Renaissance chivalric epics (Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso) and their performances on stages throughout Italy, France, Germany and England. Currently, she is studying how these “themes and variations” of Italian literary texts contributed to the birth and popularity of early Baroque opera. Kate joined the Italian Studies department at Berkeley in 2014 after having completed her M.A. in Italian at New York University in 2012, where she also received her B.M. in music performance in 2011.
Michael works primarily on late medieval and early modern Italian literature, with a principal interest in examining the connection between literary and ‘scientific’ ways of thinking during the early modern period. He is also fascinated by questions of subjectivity, memory, and the imagination, and his research often engages with the history of reading, including authorial figurations of readership and the material history of the book. He is a native of Texas, and arrived at Berkeley in 2013 after receiving his A.B. in Psychology and Italian from Bowdoin College.
Spanish and Portuguese
Dexter’s current research interests focus on the interaction of manuscript, print, illustration, and engraving in Spanish colonial chronicle and satire from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. By grounding critical textual analysis in the materiality of early modern book objects, Dexter hopes to explore how editorial revision, illustration, print production, and circulation of Early Modern Spanish and Portuguese narratives reconfigure textual discourse while broadly anticipating and contributing to systemic shifts towards modern political and economic structures. Bridging his studies of Early Modern colonialism with contemporary cultural studies, Dexter also researches surfing’s relationship to imperial and colonial subjectivities, modernity, globalization, and nationalism. Dexter earned his B.A. from University of Chicago and his M.A. from San Diego State University.
Margaret’s current research interests focus on instrumental music circulating in Italy in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Her experience as a guitarist and lutenist guides her work more specifically toward music for fretted instruments and the musical texts written and transcribed for them. She is interested in the ways reading and performativity intersect with the physical objects of books, musical ephemera, notation, and relationships between instruments and bodies. Her interests also include book history, print and manuscript culture studies, modes of musical text transmission, and sound studies.
Nicole joined UC Berkeley’s Comparative Literature department in 2014 after graduating with a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Her primary focus is on Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, with interests in the intersections of Medieval and Early Modern French, English, and Latin literatures. Her work and research explores questions of language and the relationship between Latin and the developing vernaculars; representations of the body, desire, and sexuality (both physical and psychological); conceptions of space, landscape, and travel in epic, romance, and narrative genres; and the influence of theology and biblical readings on literature.
Aileen’s current research interests include Shakespeare, romance, endings, and film. Her work is guided by questions about identity, communality, performance, genre, plotting, and storytelling. She graduated cum laude from Duke University in December 2008 with a BA in English. Before matriculating at UC Berkeley, she taught high school English in Atlanta Public Schools for two years as a Teach For America corps member.
French, Romance Languages and Literature
Linda is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Romance Languages and Literatures, emphasis French. A native of Arizona, she came to Berkeley in 2011 after working for Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program in New York. She studies the role of translation in the emergence of national vernacular literature from the late Middle Ages to the Early Modern period. Research interests include manuscript studies, history of the book, translation studies, historical Romance linguistics, language and identity, and textual transmission and reception. She received her BA from Cornell University in 2008.
Raphael returned to academia after several years as a journalist, editor, student of classical rabbinic texts, and aspiring dancer. He focuses on the influence of Christian Hebraism on early modern English poetry, particularly Milton; more broadly, he is also interested in secularism, law and literature, and the intersections between theology and poetics. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, and he received his BA in English from Yale.
Joseph’s research interests include Renaissance humanism, rhetoric (classical and early modern), English Renaissance drama, and popular politics. Broadly speaking, he is interested in the conjunction of the classical tradition—both rhetorical and literary—and early modern politics in English literature. Other interests include violence and revenge in English Renaissance drama; early modern libels; and the relationship between print and manuscript culture. Joseph received his B.A. from Cornell University in English and Mathematics.
Jane came to Berkeley in 2009 from Washington, DC after teaching English and Latin at The Field School. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in English and Classics and she continues to work in those literatures as a graduate student. She focuses on the reception of Greek in Early Modern English literature and she is particularly interested in questions of authorship, intertextuality, and imitation. Other guiding fields of interest are: history of the book, dialogue, epic/anti-epic, structures and practices of reading, Hellenistic and Second Sophistic Greek literature, and travel narratives.
“Speak of the Devil: Representing the Devil in Literature”
“Lost in a Book”
“The Exquisite Horror of Literature”
“Magic, Metamorphosis, & the Artistic Imagination.”
Sarah Sands Rice
Sarah focuses on early modern English literature and its continental influences, with particular emphasis on law and literature, depictions of the body, gender and sexuality, and the development of English as a literary language. Her work places literary texts in dialogue with social history, drawing on external sources such as legal texts, midwifery manuals, and rhetoric guides. Sarah joined the English Department in 2015 following a BA at Colorado College and an MLitt at the University of St Andrews. Outside of academia, she has worked as a victim advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, a housekeeper at the Iona Abbey, an AmeriCorps VISTA at a childhood literacy nonprofit, and a writing tutor at Central New Mexico Community College.
Jonathan’s current research focuses on depictions of friendship in English Renaissance poetry, prose, and drama. He is particularly interested in the notion, prevalent throughout classical antiquity as well as the Renaissance, that friendship is “rare.” His dissertation, “Rare Friendship,” focuses on the works of Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Mary Wroth to track friendship’s complexity and evolution in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period.
Saraswathi draws on her musical experience as a harpsichordist and her undergraduate training in history to research the instrumental music and musical culture of 17th- and 18th-centuries France and Germany. She incorporates her passion for material culture, literature, and manuscript studies into her work. Her research often examines the circulation of music across genres and social, geographic, and temporal boundaries. Her current project on the remodeling (ravalement) of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Flemish harpsichords in eighteenth-century Paris is leading her to explore the decorative arts, organology, and academic debates in Golden Age Antwerp and Ancien Régime France.
History of Art
Jessica studies the art of the Spanish Empire with particular emphasis on colonial Mexico. Her research interests include the role of art within colonial social and political hierarchies, the transferal of objects, materials, techniques and ideas between Spain and its colonies, the historicization of the conquest, methods of Christian instruction employed by missionaries during the sixteenth century, and the activation of the senses in religious contexts.
David is broadly interested in the Renaissance, its relation to European humanism and rhetoric and its place in intellectual history. He came to Berkeley in 2014 after completing his undergraduate and an MA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Between, before and after degrees he worked in the food industry as a baker, a chocolate maker and a pastry chef.
Ian James Thompson
Ian’s primary area of focus is the literature, culture, and history of the Danish empire, specifically, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. He is interested particularly in early modern antiquarians and their contributions to the collection, reception and reinterpretations of the literature of the Scandinavian middle-ages. Medieval works of interest for his studies include the Danish ballad tradition, the Danish Latin chronicle Gesta Danorum of Saxo, and the Icelandic vernacular saga tradition, specifically the narrative history Heimskringla. Ian is broadly interested in the distinction and overlap between historiography and literature, and the understanding of medieval histories in the early modern period. Authors of interest to him from this period include Anders Sørensen Vedel, Tycho Brahe, Hieronymus Justesen Ranch, Thomas Kingo, all the way through to his personal favorite Ludvig Holberg. Ian hopes to further expand his research to include more synthesis between Scandinavia and the continent, particularly contacts between Denmark and Germany.
Rosemarie came to Berkeley after receiving an MSc from the London School of Economics in Political Theory. Before that, she received a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and Philosophy. Rosemarie’s fields of interest include the history of moral, political, and legal thought, with a focus in Early Modern British and French philosophy. She is currently working on the legal theory of Thomas Hobbes as it relates to contemporary debates over the Rule of Law.
Samuel Garrett Zeitlin
(Major field: Political Theory and Philosophy; Minor field: International relations)
Samuel’s research Interests include political and moral philosophy, history of political thought, intellectual history, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), and textual transmission in the early modern period.