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Trans Area Literature Collective

2019 TALC

We are scholars of 20th and 21st century literatures across media, with special interests in global, interdisciplinary, and multilingual perspectives.  Our work draws on area-studies models to expand beyond comparative approaches to literary studies.  We challenge the power inequities inherent in traditional practices of comparison, focusing on histories of colonialism and imperialism, the politics of minority and indigenous cultures, and questions of race and gender. These research commitments also inform our pedagogy in the undergraduate and graduate classroom.

People & Areas


Candice Amich             

Assistant Professor of English 

Performance Studies, Poetics, Neoliberal Americas   


Piyali Bhattacharya


Creative Writing, Contemporary Asian American, Non-binary South Asia


Colin Dayan

Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Law

Caribbean, Early American, Animal Studies



Jen Fay                       

Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts Studies and English

Film & Media Studies, Critical Theory, Environmental Studies


Vera Kutzinski        

Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of English, Professor of Comparative Literature 

Americas, Translation, Black Atlantic   


Akshya Saxena             

Assistant Professor of English 

Global South Comparatism (South Asian and African Anglophone literatures), Critical Translation Studies, Sound and Media


Allison Schachter               

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English

Diaspora, Transnationalism, Jewish Modernity


Haerin Shin               

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Transnational, Transmedia, Decolonial         


Hortense Spillers         

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English 

Diaspora, U.S. National, Black American 


Ben Tran                             

Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English

Decolonization, Translation, Transpacific