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We will be showcasing multiple alumni with their stories, career development, interests or family milestones. Alumni Spotlight will be displayed starting in November and we hope you can help by sending us something about you!

Spencer Hawkins Featured in The Slate Book Review

CompLit Graduate Program alum Spencer Hawkins featured in The Slate Book Review.

Review: David Auerbach recommends The Laughter of the Thracian Woman, by Hans Blumenberg:Hans Blumenberg’s The Laughter of the Thracian Woman traces the history of an origin myth of science. Greek astronomer Thales of Miletus was the original absent-minded professor. He was walking and studying the night sky, it is said, when he tripped and fell into a well, leading him to theorize that water—and not a god or gods—was the prime mover of reality.German-Jewish “philosophical anthropologist” Blumenberg follows the myth of Thales through the ages to show that the scientific endeavor is necessary but also fundamentally ridiculous. It culminates with an attack on “incomprehensible arrogance” as the most destructive human tendency, reaffirming modesty and skepticism. Today everything is made of data instead of water; Blumenberg, translated with great care by Spencer Hawkins, reminds me that we are still as ridiculous as Thales.

Nahoko Fukushima Receives Award for Ph.D.

Nahoko Fukushima's Ph.D. ‘Sharebon’ and Courtesans: A Phase of Edo Aesthetics as the Dispersal of Ideology (2011) won Humanities Best Ph.D. Accolades at IBP (ICAS Book Prize) 2013 by ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars).

Ronit Ricci Receives Award

Ronit Ricci received Honorable Mention for the third Emerging Scholars Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She was chosen for her book Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2011). Ronit completed her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2006, having pursued her interests in the literary traditions of Javanese, Tamil, and Malay speaking Muslims in a route that took her from Ann Arbor to Yogyakarta, Madras, Columbia, and Singapore. Ronit returned for a brief visit to Ann Arbor in April 2010, to present a talk entitled “The Book of One Thousand Questions and its Asian Translations,” as part of the Department of Comparative Literature’s 2009-2010 “Year of Translation.” She is currently Lecturer in the College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University in Canberra.

SHAI GINSBURG PUBLISHES HEBREW TRANSLATION OF PAUL DE MAN

Shai Ginsburg (2001 Phd in Comparative Literature) has published the Hebrew translation of Paul de Man, The Resistance to Theory (Resling 2010). He has also published articles on a wide range of topics in film studies, literary theory, and Hebrew literature, including an essay on "Anton Shammas's 'Arabesques' and the Rhetoric of Hebrew Literature" (Comparative Literature 58.3). In March of 2010 Ginsburg returned to the UM campus as a guest speaker for the symposium, "Between Languages: The Translational Lives and Afterlives of Arabesquot." He is currently Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.