Marta Figlerowicz

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Professional Statement

I got my BA in English, with a minor in French literature, at Harvard University. I have been a graduate student at Berkeley since Fall 2009. My research tries to bring together strands of literary theory, philosophy, critical theory, and cognitive studies in order to describe the relationship of affect to literary form as well as--more generally--to examine the links between theories of affect and theories of consciousness or subjectivity. I am chief editor of Qui Parle, an interdisciplinary journal of the humanities and social sciences. 


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


"Comedy of Abandon: Lars von Trier's Melancholia," Fiim Quarterly 65.4 (Summer 2012): 21-26. 

"Forgetful Pleasures: Michel Houellebecq's Exciting Tale of Boredom," Boston Review 37.4 (July/August 2012): 60-63. 

"Timing and Vulnerability in Three Hitchcock Films," Film Quarterly 65.3 (Spring 2012): 49-58.

“The Affect Theory Dossier: Introduction,” Qui Parle 20.2 (2012): 3-18.

“Bounding the Self: Ethics, Anxiety, and Personhood in Samuel Beckett’s Fiction,” Journal of Modern Literature 34.2 (2011): 76-96.

“Beyond Introspection: Novelistic Space in Isabelle de Charrière’s Lettres de Mistriss Henley,” Romance Sphere 1 (2011), online.

“Rester femme, devenir personne: L’externalisation dans les Lettres de Mistriss Henley,” Dix-huitième Siècle 42 (2010): 245-258.

“‘Frightful spectacles of a mangled king’: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and narration through theater,” New Literary History 39.2 (2008): 321-334.

“Translating history into art: the influences of Cyprian Kamil Norwid in Abraham Sutzkever’s poetry,” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 27.3 (2007): 427-473 (coauthored with Justin Cammy, Smith College).

I also regularly write book reviews for MAKE Literary Productions


Papers Delivered:

“To linger in learning, and to wait for it: Wallace Stevens and the timing of sublimity,” Annual American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 24-27, 2012. 

"Sadness is Coming: Lars von Trier's Melancholia," Berkeley Social Ontology Group, Berkeley, April 4, 2012. 

“‘I Have to Think of Abraham: Crisis and Lingering in Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Brown University, March 29-April 1, 2012. 

“On Loudness and Timing in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956),” International Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 15-17, 2012.

“‘The Sky is Always the Hardest Part’: On Making Affective States Conscious,” Berkeley Social Ontology Group, Berkeley, November 2, 2011. 

“Sarah Orne Jewett’s Embarrassed Pastorals,” Annual American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, May 26-29, 2011. Also delivered at the Berkeley English Department Colloquium on October 27, 2011.

“The Miming Child: Thomas Hardy’s Non-Introspective Character-Drawing,” International Society for the Study of Narrative 25th Anniversary Meeting, Cleveland, OH, April 8-11, 2010.

“Showing the Self: Theater in Francoise de Graffigny’s Lettres d'une peruvienne,” ASECS Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, March 18-21, 2010.

“Beyond Introspection: Rethinking Novelistic Space Through Theater,” Objects of Knowledge, Objects of Exchange: Contours of (Inter)Disciplinarity. Humanities Center Mellon Graduate Student Conference, Harvard University, April 3-4, 2009. 

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