Alexa Barger is in her second year of graduate study at SFSU. She works with literatures in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Her research interests include African and Afro-diasporic literature, representations of the “exotic,” and global feminist thought.
Raghda is in her 2nd year of Graduate study at SFSU. She has an MA degree in English Literature from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Her thesis title was “Orientalism and Occidentalism in Tariq Ali’s Islam Quartet”. She works on Arabic, English and French literature with special interest in works written by female Arab writers. Her research interests are postcolonial feminist literature, narrative theory, along with languages, culture and literature in translation.
Marisa Jimison is in the second year of her Comparative Literature M.A and finishing her Certificate in the Teaching of Composition. Her research interests include Latin American and LatinX literatures as well as feminist, postcolonial, gender, and critical theory. Currently, she works as a reading, writing and study skills tutor at SFSU’s Learning Assistance Center. Marisa also volunteered with 826 Valencia as a highschool writing coach and interned in San Francisco’s Office of Education and Family Services of the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee, as a Willie Brown Jr. Fellow. As a future English language and literature teacher, she strives to offer the best to her students. She has a particular interest in working with immigrant and urban youth and would like to use her accumulated professional experience to venture into policy-planning and development in the future. She hopes her efforts in teaching and beyond will help make local educational institutions more equitable to at risk populations.
Paige is a first year MA student studying at SFSU. She works on Spanish and English literature with a focus on the representation of female archetypes, hybrid landscapes and identities, and borderland narratives in the Americas. She is also interested in feminist literature, trauma and healing, and translation theory.
Jessica is a second year MA student studying in Spanish and English, and a 2017-2018 California Pre-Doctoral Scholar. She focuses on late 20th century prose and poetry of the Americas, and her additional interests include studies in literary value, translation, poetics, and resistance literature. Jessica is also a poet and frequently organizes literary events in the Mission district. Her poetry explores the transformative nature of the family unit, music as an element in trauma and healing, and the Salvadoran diaspora.
Karen Peña is a part of the Comparative Literature M.A. cohort of 2018 and is sitting President of the Comparative Literature Student Association. She studies Spanish and English literary traditions with an emphasis on the literature of the Americas. Her research interests include resistance literature of the 20th and 21st century, testimonio, metafiction, and confessionals, as well as writing center theory pedagogy, ecocriticism, narrative, feminist, and queer theory. Karen also works as a writing, reading, and study skills tutor at the Campus Academic Resource Program, which is a free, student-led, tutoring center specializing in inclusive pedagogy. During the Spring Semester of 2019, Karen will be the instructor of record for one section of a lower division literature class she calls “Trapped in Literature.
Ederlyn Peralta is a current graduate student in the M.A. Comparative Literature Program. Her languages are English and Japanese. Her research interests include classical Japanese poetry, medieval love lyrics, 20th to 21st-century literature, issues on romance and love in literature, cosmology/astronomy, popular culture and media, and digital literature. In her spare time, Ederlyn does freelance writing and editing.
Javier Villafuerte is a first year M.A. student in CWL that works with literatures in Spanish, English, and, at times, Italian. He is interested in historical fiction produced in the late 20th and early 21st centuries by Latin American and Latinx writers in both Spanish and English and the relationship between historical fiction and historiography. He is particularly interested in the relationships between the Mexico, Central America, and the United States and how they are represented in fiction.
My literary interests are still quite broad, but I am currently enjoying exploring post-colonial texts as well as literature of migration and diaspora. With French and Spanish as my foreign languages, I am particularly drawn to Francophone and Hispanic traditions, and I have recently discovered Caribbean immigrant narratives. This semester I have had the opportunity to work as a Graduate Teaching Associate on the FR101 course (beginner’s French).