2012 BA in Comparative Literature Mimi Zhou is currently a PhD candidate in New York University’s Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture. She primarily studies medieval French romance through the lens of Jacques Derrida’s early definitions of deconstruction. Her dissertation, “Beginning to Read Chrétien de Troyes,” explores moments of thematic beginning – or, moments of openings, entries, and emergences – and their relation to adventure and identity for Chrétien’s knights.

Mimi is additionally working on several digital humanities projects that center on using Python to analyze patterns in literary texts. They have earned support from the Renaissance Society of America, the Newberry Library, and the Polonsky Foundation.