About the Director

Dr. Dorota Heneghan (Interim Director)

Dorota Heneghan

Dorota Heneghan is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Louisiana State University. She received her PhD in Spanish from Yale University in 2008 and MA in German from the University of Silesia (Poland) in 1995. Her research centers on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spanish Literature and Culture, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern Spanish Culture, Modern German, Russian, and Polish Narrative and Theater, Gender, Transatlantic Studies and Art History. She is the author of Striking Their Modern Pose: Fashion, Gender, and Modernity in Galdós, Pardo Bazán, and Picón, (Purdue University Press 2015). Dr. Heneghan was awarded the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, United Kingdom (2018-2019). She is the recipient of an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant (2016); Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, Hispanex Research Grant (2014); ATLAS Board of Regents Award to Louisiana Artists and Scholars (2011-2012); Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities Research Grant (2009); as well as an A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship at the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; a Yale University John Perry Miller Grant (2005) and Yale University John F. Enders Grants (2003, 2004). Dr. Heneghan is currently working on a book, Gender Relations and Nation in Sofía Casanova’s Writings from Poland (1913-1933), which is about the relationship between the Spanish writer, Sofía Casanova’s experiences in Poland and Russia and her input in the literary and political life of early twentieth-century Spain. Her work has also appeared in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Siglo Diecinueve Literatura Hispánica, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Review, Anales Galdosianos, and Dissidences Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. She is an invited participant in the International Digital Research Project “Ibero-American Editors and Publishers (XIX-XXI Centuries)” launched by the Research Group on Culture, Publishing, and Literature in the Hispanic Ambit (XIX-XXI Centuries) in the Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Spain’s National Research Council (CISC) in Madrid. Dr. Heneghan is the recipient of numerous teaching awards: LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award (2019), LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Robert L. “Doc” Amborski Faculty Teaching Award (2018), LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award (2012) and Yale College Prize Teaching Fellowship (2004, 2006) awarded to her twice for excellence in teaching undergraduate courses. Most recently, she was awarded LSU Women’s, Gender & Sexualities Award for Outstanding Affiliate Faculty Contribution to Women’s, Gender & Sexualities Program (2020).

Vision Statement

The LSU Program in Comparative Literature provides a vibrant, collaborative space for students and faculty to explore transnational and interdisciplinary research in literary, cultural, and artistic traditions. Through scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, the program establishes and maintains relationships with a number of local, national, and international entities. Mutual exchange is a core value that fosters the program’s dynamic scholarly atmosphere.  The interdepartmental nature of the program creates an opportunity for dialogue and research that enhances LSU’s linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary diversity.  In addition to an excellent grounding in multiple areas of literary study, the program envisions expanding the geographical and cultural scope of student and faculty projects.