Gloria Fisk writes about contemporary literature in a global context, with a particular interest in the novel. Her areas of interest include the critical debates surrounding world literature in the U.S. as well as novel theory, postcolonial studies, translation theory, and critical writing.
In her first book, Gloria reads the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk as a case study in the unevenness of Western canons’ expansion across the eastern border of Europe. Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature theorizes the ways the Turkish novelist arrives among his readers in the U.S. and Europe, where he meets a standard for literary value that that emerges in tandem with him.
In her current research, Gloria traces the rise of prolepsis in novels and films that reach U.S. publics in the contemporary period. Asking why this narrative form that was a rarity in the early twentieth century has become ubiquitous today, this project theorizes the reasons why so many contemporary works represent the end of the story at the beginning—beginning with a car crash, for example, to narrate the convergence of paths that creates it.
These projects are interdisciplinary as well as international, and Gloria pursues her research toward them through her work on the Motherboard of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.
English 130 Writing About Literature in English
English 255W Global Literatures in English
English 379W Topics in Transnational Literature: The Global Novel
English 391W Senior Seminar: The Good of World Literature
English 391W Senior Seminar: Slow Violence
English 391W Senior Seminar: What is the Contemporary?
English 729 Studies in Modern Literature: The Contemporary
English 781 Special Seminar in World Literature
English 781 The Politics of Time
English 793 Teaching Practicum
Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature. Literature Now. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018.
“Teaching Snow in Translation,” in MLA Approaches to Teaching Orhan Pamuk, ed. Sevinç Türkkan and David Damrosch, MLA Press, 2017.
“‘Against World Literature’: The Debate in Retrospect.” The American Reader, Web. April 9, 2014.
“Putting Tragedy to Work for the Polis: The Rhetoric of Pity and Terror, Before and After Modernity.” New Literary History 39.4 (2008): 891-902.
“Orhan Pamuk and the Turks.” n + 1 6 (2008): 157-166.
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