East Asian Languages and Cultures Faculty
Vernacular narrative of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the history of sexuality in China to the verge of modernity, the history of imperial marriage from the legendary past to the end of the last dynasty, mythical and historical narrative from ancient times to the end of the last dynasty, the history of opium smoking and its culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Chinese language teaching.
French and Italian Faculty
Italian Literature, 18th Century to the Present, Italian Cinema, Anthropology and Folklore, Women’s and Gender Studies, Comparative Literature
Comparative medieval literature, especially Old French and Occitan romance and lyric poetry, with interests in the Renaissance, theory, medievalism, and film
Second language acquisition, with special interest in phonology/phonetics, and language pedagogy. the history of the French language and has worked on language changes from Old to Middle French.
Germanic Languages and Literatures Faculty
Ph.D., Indiana University
Research and Teaching Interests: German and European visual culture and literature since 1700, intermedial encounters of literature and art, representation and narrative in museums, monuments, and tourist spaces, discourses of pathology, gender, and the body from Romanticism to the Weimar Republic
Reception and transformation in 19th-century America of German cultural materials, immigrant identity formation; German nationalism and national identity; 19th-century political drama and poetry
Slavic Languages and Literatures Faculty
Reconstruction of Common Slavic, Indo-European; dialectology; sociolinguistics; phonetics, esp. pitch-accent systems; language and identity/nationalism; Western South Slavic languages (Slovene, BCS).
Spanish and Portuguese Faculty
Comparative approach to colonial Latin American texts and visual representations; space and place in the construction of identities, and studies of religion, colonialism, and representations of cultural difference.
Critical Languages Consortium
Geetanjali Tiwari, PhD, is Coordinator of the South Asian Studies Program, CGIS. Tiwari developed the KU Hindi foreign language program in 2009. She has been teaching Culture Courses at KU with a South Asia focus since 2011.