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Chiara Giovanni


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Chiara Giovanni

I received my training in Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, completing an undergraduate and a master's degree in Spanish and German. My graduate work at Oxford, generously funded by the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun House Graduate Programme in the Humanities, addressed questions of identity, whether individual or literary: I produced work on race and performativity, and on love and the self, in Early Modern Spanish writing. My thesis examined a little-known West German novel from 1967, Don Quichotte in Köln, that explicitly refashions Cervantes' magnum opus in the service of contemporary political concerns, and the manuscript of this piece is currently under peer review. 
Now at Stanford, I am currently in the stage of broadening my interests and expertise, but aim to continue my work on personal and literary identity. My thematic interests cover two main areas: first, that of affect and emotion in literature, specifically love. I am interested in how literary texts recreate emotional experiences in readers, how love is portrayed as a transformative force, and how desire and loss interact in literature. Second, I am interested in the sitios de encuentro between the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds, and the tension that arises as a result. I hope to focus on texts that move between the two worlds and languages, and physical and figurative spaces of Latin resistance within the United States, including borders and the concept of a mestizo identity.
One of my priorities as a scholar is to bring as much of my work as possible into the public sphere. I published an article with Buzzfeed Reader in August 2017 on a well-known internet poet, and hope to produce more cultural criticism over the rest of my time at Stanford. 


2017-present: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University 
2016-2017: M.St. in Modern Languages (Spanish), Magdalen College, Oxford (Distinction)
2012-2016: B.A. (Hons) in Modern Languages (German and Spanish), Magdalen College, Oxford (Congratulatory First Class)

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English (native)
German (near-native)
Spanish (near-native)
Portuguese (beginner/low intermediate)