Sherilyn Hellberg

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Sherilyn joined UC Berkeley’s Comparative Literature department in 2014. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University and an M.Phil. in European and Comparative Literatures and Cultures from the University of Cambridge. At Berkeley, she focuses on modern and contemporary Danish, French, and German literature, film, and critical theory. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Despair: Face, Voice, Body, Text,” examines the representation and politics of despair in a selection of works of literature and film from the 1960’s. Some of her other research interests include: women’s writing, affect theory, expressionism, visual art, ghosts, and tiny objects. Outside of her academic research, Sherilyn also translates contemporary Danish literature into English.