What is the Ph.D. in Literature Program?
Known for its multilingual, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature, Notre Dame’s innovative Ph.D. in Literature program enables students to complete a Ph.D. with a specialization in one or more national literature, a genre, a historical period or literary theory.
By combining the resources of a broad spectrum of departments and research institutes across the University, the program also encourages students to pursue advanced studies in overlapping disciplines and areas of interest.
María Rosa Olivera-Williams
María Rosa Olivera-Williams, Professor of Latin American Literature, teaches and writes on representations of subjectivities and national identities in modern and contemporary Latin American cultural production; artistic projects from the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay); and issues of dictatorship, democratic transition, and traumatic memory. Olivera-Williams is author of articles in journals such as Romance Quarterly, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, A contracorriente, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista Chilena de Humanidades, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, and Revista Hispánica Moderna, and chapters in books such as El lenguaje de las emociones: Afecto y cultura en América Latina, eds. Moraña & Sánchez Prado (2012), Telling Ruins in Latin America, eds. Unruh & Lazzara (2009). Her most recent book, El arte de crear lo femenino: ficción, género e historia del Cono Sur. Santiago, Chile: Cuarto Propio, 2012, has been hailed as a “ground-breaking study of feminine identity through an original and in-depth analysis of the work of seven foundational authors of the Southern Cone.” Other books include El salto de Minerva: Intelectuales, género, Estado en América Latina, coeditor with Mabel Moraña (Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2005), and La poesía gauchesca de Hidalgo a Hernandez (Xalapa, Veracruz, México: Centro de Investigaciones Lingüistico-Literarias. Universidad Veracruzana, 1986). She is currently completing the book manuscript, “The Rhythms of Modernization: Tango, Ruin, and Historical Memory in the Rio de la Plata Countries,” for which she received a J. William Fulbright Research Award (2011-2012). (PhD, Ohio State University, Presidential Award)
W. Martin Bloomer
Bloomer’s chief areas of research lie in Roman literature, ancient rhetoric, and the history of education. His books include Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility (Chapel Hill 1993), Latinity and Literary Society at Rome (Philadelphia 1997), The Contest of Language (Notre Dame 2005) and The School of Rome (University of California Press, 2011).
Professor Morel’s research focuses on fiction and trauma, the city in literature, and critical theory. In 2010, he defended a doctoral dissertation in Comparative Literature at Paris 8 on contemporary German writers and Berlin as world literary space. Olivier Morel studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) before pursuing post-master's degrees in history and philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
His film On the Bridge, about veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has been selected for more than a dozen festivals, won multiple awards, and has been the subject of countless media interviews since its fall 2011 release.
Sabrina Ferri specializes in the Italian eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an interdisciplinary focus on literature and its relationship to science, art, and philosophy. Her work on Giacomo Casanova, Giambattista Vico, and Vittorio Alfieri has appeared in Sincronie, New Vico Studies, and European Romantic Review. A recent article on Lazzaro Spallanzani’s scientific expeditions to Troy and Pozzuoli is forthcoming with Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. She is currently completing a book manuscript on ruins in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Italian literature and culture, entitled Temporal Ruinations: Decadence in the Age of Progress.