Nozomi Irei earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to an M.A. in Comparative Literature, she also earned an M.A. in English and Related Literatures from the University of York, U.K. Dr. Irei's current research interests include poetry and poetics, drama, genre and mode theory, literary theory, Continental Philosophy, among others. She has published articles on Heidegger and poetry; Celan's poetry; and Donne's sermons. Work-in-progress includes Eternal Risk, a book exploring the phenomenological status of literature, incorporating texts by Mallarmé, Rilke, Celan, Mishima, Blanchot, Deleuze and Guattari, Heidegger, Bataille, Nietzsche, Kuki, and others
Office Hours - Fall 2015
T: 9:50-11:20; 5-5:30; W: 10:30-12; R: 9:50-11:20; and by appointment
Course Information - Fall 2015
Spring 2016 course offering:
ENGL 4310 MAJOR AUTHORS: Dostoevsky and Beckett
This course will explore the writings of Dostoevsky and Beckett, highlighting some of their major works. We will compare the two from different contexts, including narrative forms, style, diction, philosophical concerns, among others. We will investigate how a study of both writers may reveal important concerns and shifts in the history of western literature. Some questions we will investigate include the following: How do their novels differ? Is "reality" represented differently? What can we learn from Beckett's experimentation with different media? What are some dramatic elements in Dostoevsky's novels which might be comparable to Beckett's plays? (Some may recall Camus' dramatic adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel, The Possessed.) Course readings will include Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"; and Beckett's Molloy, Happy Days, "Texts for Nothing," among others.