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Dora Zhang

Assistant Professor
C46 Hearst Field Annex
On leave 2016-7

Professional Statement

My research interests include Anglo-American and continental modernist fiction, history of philosophy, history of science, and visual culture. I'm currently at work on a book project that traces a transformation in the forms of narrative description during the modernist period. At the heart of my work is an abiding concern with histories of aesthetic forms and the roles these play in broader histories of knowledge.

I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and my B.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. At Berkeley I hold a joint appointment in the departments of English and Comparative Literature. My work has appeared in Representations and New Literary History, where my essay on Woolf, Bertrand Russell, and William James won the 2013 Ralph Cohen Prize.



Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


"Naming the Indescribable: James, Russell, Woolf and the Limits of Description," New Literary History 45.1 (Winter 2014), 51-70. Winner of the 2013 Ralph Cohen Prize.

"A Lens for an Eye: Photography and Proust," Representations 118 (Spring 2012), 103-125.

Public Writing

"Always Already Translated" Public Books, August 2016

"Love, Loot, and Lit" The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2015

"Melancholy Surprise: Marcel Proust's Collected Poems" Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2013

"The Sideways Gaze: Roland Barthes's Travels in China" Los Angeles Review of Books, June 2012 (translated into German and reprinted in Merkur)

"Small Talk" The Point, 2012 (translated into French and reprinted in Nouveau Projet)





Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
177/1 Literature and Philosophy Special Topics

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