Dora Zhang

Dora Zhang

Assistant Professor
Wheeler Hall, room 442

Professional Statement

My research interests include Anglo-American and continental modernist fiction, literature and philosophy, affect theory, visual culture, and history of science. I'm currently completing 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. I have written on topics including Proust and photography, Woolf and the philosophy of language, and Roland Barthes's travels in China. My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in RepresentationsNew Literary History (where my article "Naming the Indescribable" won the 2013 Ralph Cohen Prize), Modernism/modernity Print Plus, and Qui Parle, as well as Public Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.



Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Peer reviewed articles

"Notes on Atmosphere," Qui Parle 27:1 (2018), 121 - 155. 

"Modernist Setting," co-authored introduction to cluster on "Setting" co-edited with Hannah Freed-Thall, Modernism/modernity Print Plus, March 2018

"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, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45C/1 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century Introductory Surveys
45C/101 -- discussion section Eisenberg, Emma
45C/102 -- discussion section Su, Amanda Jennifer
45C/103 -- discussion section Cohan, Nathan
45C/104 -- discussion section Cohan, Nathan
45C/105 -- discussion section Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet
45C/106 -- discussion section Su, Amanda Jennifer
45C/107 -- discussion section Eisenberg, Emma
45C/108 -- discussion section Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
177/1 Literature and Philosophy Special Topics

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