Wendi Bootes

English, Russian, German
19th and 20th centuries
Academic Area: 
modernism, the novel, colonial/postcolonial studies, critical theory, literature and philosophy

Research Areas


Wendi joined Berkeley’s Comparative Literature Department in 2015. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College (English and Russian) and an M.A. from Yale University (European and Russian Studies). Her research encompasses British, Irish, and Russian modernist cultures, with interests in theories of the novel, colonial and postcolonial studies, philosophy (especially empiricism, epistemology and philosophies of language), and narrative theory. Her dissertation, Revolutionary Perception: History and Modernist Form in Ireland and Russia, explores Russian and Irish narrative aesthetics of indirection in relation to twentieth-century revolutionary politics. She is also pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.