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Petra Dierkes-Thrun

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Building 260, Room 232
Phone (650) 725-8646
pdthrun@stanford.edu (email preferred)

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19th Century Studies
Fin de siècle
modernism
Gender and Sexuality
Feminist and Queer Theory
digital humanities
Digital pedagogy

Petra Dierkes-Thrun

Lecturer in Comparative Literature

Instructional Consultant, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL)

Petra Dierkes-Thrun’s research and teaching interests include the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance, and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; and digital pedagogy as well as literary theory for the digital age; pedagogically smart uses of technology in teaching, and project-based learning in the Humanities.

Petra Dierkes-Thrun serves as an Advisory Editor for Gender and Sexuality Studies at boundary 2 (Duke University Press) and Editorial Board member of Rodopi's "Dialogue" series. She was the Founding Editor of The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, a peer-reviewed, international scholarly online journal dedicated to the figure of the New Woman in fin-de-siècle and modernist society and culture (Rivendale Press, UK). 

Petra is also an Instructional Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning (Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning) and serves on the Program Committee for Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford

 

Honors and awards:

2015 Teaching Excellence Award, Phi Beta Kappa (Northern Caifornia Association)

2015 Honoree of the World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum for leadership in education in the Bay Area

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books:           

Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression.  Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Wilde’s Worlds: International Perspectives on Oscar Wilde. Edited essay collection on new Comparative Literature directions in Oscar Wilde studies, co-edited by Petra Dierkes-Thrun and Michael Davis. (Currently in preparation.)

Special issues:

Gender, Sexuality, and the Posthuman. A special issue of boundary 2: An international Journal of Literature and Culture, edited by Petra Dierkes-Thrun. (Currently in preparation.)

 

Peer-reviewed articles:

  1. “Decadent Sensuality in Rachilde and Wilde.” In Decadence and the Senses, ed. Jane Desmarais and Alice Conde. Oxford: Legenda (MHRA & Maney Publishing). Forthcoming in 2015.

    “Victoria Cross’s Six Chapters of a Man’s Life: Queering Modernist Middlebrow Feminism.” In The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism: British Middlebrow Writing 1880-1930, 2 vols. Eds. Christoph Ehland and Kate Macdonald. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming in 2015.

    “Wilde’s Take on New Women in The Importance of Being Earnest: A Comparison with Ibsen and Shaw.” In The Importance of Being Earnest, ed. Michael Y. Bennett. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming in 2015.

  2. “’Sincere and Studied Triviality’: The Importance of Being Earnest as an Aestheticist Comedy of Manners.” In Wilde in Earnest, ed. Emily Eells. Collection Intercalaires: Agrégation d’anglais. Paris: Presses universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2015. 19-34.

  3. “Realism.” The Fin-de-Siècle World, ed. Michael Saler. New York: Routledge, 2015. 706-718.

  4. “Salomé in the Comics: P. Craig Russell’s Intertextual Graphic Adaptation from Strauss and Wilde.”Special issue on Wilde’s Salomé in The Oscholars (open-access, peer-reviewed journal), ed. by Virginie Pouzet-Douzer. Spring 2013. Online.

  5. “Aestheticist Comedies of Manners.” A History of British Drama: Genres – Developments –Interpretations.  Ed. by Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, and Ansgar Nünning. WVT Handbücher zum Literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium.  Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011.  227-240.

  6. “’The Brutal Music and the Delicate Text’?  The Aesthetic Relationship between Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome Reconsidered.” Modern Language Quarterly 69.3 (September 2008): 367-389.

  7. “Salomé, C’est Moi?  Salome and Wilde as Icons of Transgression.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. by Philip E. Smith. Modern Language Association, Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008. 171-179.

  8. “Incest and the Trafficking of Women in G.B. Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession: ‘It Runs In the Family’.”ELT (English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920) 49.4 (September 2006): 293-310.

  9. “Arthur Symons’ Decadent Aesthetics: Stéphane Mallarmé and the Dancer Revisited.” Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature, ed. by Paul Fox.  Studies in English Literatures.  Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2006. 33-65. 

 

Book reviews and other publications:

  1. Salomé Stripped Down and Dressed Up for Today’s Stage: A New Translation of Oscar Wilde’s Play.” Review of a new edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, ed. and trans. by Joseph Donohue (University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville and London, 2011).  Irish Literary Supplement, September 2013.
  2. “Comparisons Worth Making: Queer Studies and Comparative Literature.” Review ofComparatively Queer: Interrogating Identities Across Time and Cultures, ed. by Jarrod Haynes, Margaret R. Higonnet, and William J. Spurlin.  London: Macmillan, 2010. GLQ 19.2 (2013): 264-66.
  3. “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age.”  Co-authored with John Seely Brown, Betsy Corcoran, Cathy N. Davidson, Todd Edebohls, Mark J. Gierl, Sean M. Morris, J. Philipp Schmidt, Bonnie Stewart, Jesse Stommel, Sebastian Thrun, Audrey Watters.  First published simultaneously in several online venues and by the Chronicle of Higher Education on January 23, 2013.
  4. Review of Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin.The Eighth Lamp: Journal of Ruskin Studies (Spring 2010).
  5. Salome by Richard Strauss.”  Pittsburgh Opera Magazine (Fall 2001): 16-19.
  6. Review of Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role, by Andrew Elfenbein. The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 54.2 (Fall 2000): 110-112.
 

Education

2003     PhD, University of Pittsburgh (English, Cultural and Critical Studies)

1996    Erstes Staatsexamen, Rheinische Freidrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany (English, German, Catholic Theology)

COURSES

COMPLIT 239B Literature and Social Online Learning (CS 27, ENGLISH 239B)

Study, develop, and test new digital methods, games, apps, interactive social media uses to innovate how the humanities can engage and educate students and the public today. Exploring well-known literary texts, digital storytelling forms and literary communities online, students work individually and in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative projects aimed at bringing literature to life. Tasks include literary role-plays on Twitter; researching existing digital pedagogy and literary projects, games, and apps; reading and coding challenges; collaborative social events mediated by new technology. Minimal prerequisites which vary for students in CS and the humanities; please check with instructors.

COMPLIT 236 Literature and Transgression (FEMGEN 236)

Close reading and analysis of erotic-sexual and aesthetic-stylistic transgression in selected works by Wilde, Schnitzler, Joyce, Barnes, Bataille, Burroughs, Thomas Mann, Guenter Grass, Kathy Acker, Junot Diaz and others. Along with understanding the changing cultural, social, and political contexts of what constitutes "transgression" or censorship, students will gain knowledge of influential theories of transgression by Foucault, Blanchot, and contemporary queer and feminist writers.

COMPLIT 236 Literature and Transgression (FEMGEN 236)

Close reading and analysis of erotic-sexual and aesthetic-stylistic transgression in selected works by such authors as Baudelaire, Wilde, Flaubert, Rachilde, Schnitzler, Kafka, Joyce, Barnes, Eliot, Bataille, Burroughs, Thomas Mann, Kathy Acker, as well as in recent digital literature and online communities. Along with understanding the changing cultural, social, and political contexts of what constitutes "transgression" or censorship, students will gain knowledge of influential theories of transgression and conceptual limits by Foucault, Blanchot, and contemporary queer and feminist writers.

COMPLIT 224 Literature in the Age of Digital Culture

Study literary classics about readers and reading (by Austen, Dickinson, Wilde, Benjamin, Eliot, Orwell, Borges, Calvino, Bechdel, etc.) and compare with digital reading/writing today: fan fiction and online expansions of "the book", literary collaborations online, changing notions of "author", "reader", "work", literary-social interactions. Our literary close readings will also introduce some useful new digital tools and methods for literary studies (annotation, editing, and research tools, web-based public social interactions, innovative digital humanities projects in literary studies today). No technical prerequisites.

FRENCH 312 Oscar Wilde and the French Decadents (COMPLIT 112, COMPLIT 312, FRENCH 112)

Close reading of Oscar Wilde's work together with major texts and authors of 19th-century French Decadence, including Symbolism, l'art pour l'art, and early Modernism. Points of contact between Wilde and avant-garde Paris salons; provocative, creative intersections between (homo)erotic and aesthetic styles, transgression; literary and cultural developments from Baudelaire to Mallarmé, Huysmans, Flaubert, Rachilde, Lorrain, and Proust compared with Wilde¿s Salomé, Picture of Dorian Gray, and critical writings; relevant historical and philosophical contexts. All readings in English; all student levels welcome.

FRENCH 112 Oscar Wilde and the French Decadents (COMPLIT 112, COMPLIT 312, FRENCH 312)

Close reading of Oscar Wilde's work together with major texts and authors of 19th-century French Decadence, including Symbolism, l'art pour l'art, and early Modernism. Points of contact between Wilde and avant-garde Paris salons; provocative, creative intersections between (homo)erotic and aesthetic styles, transgression; literary and cultural developments from Baudelaire to Mallarmé, Huysmans, Flaubert, Rachilde, Lorrain, and Proust compared with Wilde¿s Salomé, Picture of Dorian Gray, and critical writings; relevant historical and philosophical contexts. All readings in English; all student levels welcome.

COMPLIT 312 Oscar Wilde and the French Decadents (COMPLIT 112, FRENCH 112, FRENCH 312)

Close reading of Oscar Wilde's work together with major texts and authors of 19th-century French Decadence, including Symbolism, l'art pour l'art, and early Modernism. Points of contact between Wilde and avant-garde Paris salons; provocative, creative intersections between (homo)erotic and aesthetic styles, transgression; literary and cultural developments from Baudelaire to Mallarmé, Huysmans, Flaubert, Rachilde, Lorrain, and Proust compared with Wilde¿s Salomé, Picture of Dorian Gray, and critical writings; relevant historical and philosophical contexts. All readings in English; all student levels welcome.

COMPLIT 112 Oscar Wilde and the French Decadents (COMPLIT 312, FRENCH 112, FRENCH 312)

Close reading of Oscar Wilde's work together with major texts and authors of 19th-century French Decadence, including Symbolism, l'art pour l'art, and early Modernism. Points of contact between Wilde and avant-garde Paris salons; provocative, creative intersections between (homo)erotic and aesthetic styles, transgression; literary and cultural developments from Baudelaire to Mallarmé, Huysmans, Flaubert, Rachilde, Lorrain, and Proust compared with Wilde¿s Salomé, Picture of Dorian Gray, and critical writings; relevant historical and philosophical contexts. All readings in English; all student levels welcome.

COMPLIT 226A Queer Literature and Film (FEMGEN 226A)

Close analysis of major works of LGBTQ literature, film, and visual art from the 1890s to today. Students will gain deeper knowledge and appreciation of historical and contemporary forms of queer representation in various national literatures, film, and visual art; understand relevant social and political debates; and gain a basic knowledge of feminist and queer theory. Course will include an optional online component to reach out to the public (class website queerlitfilm.wordpress.com, social media).