Paul De Morais
Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature / Graduate Student Instructor
Paul De Morais has a penchant for reading novels by women authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He completed his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature (highest honors) at UC Davis, where he wrote his honors thesis examining the metafictional figure of authorship in novels by George Sand and Charlotte Brontë through the lens of post-structuralist and feminist theory. His teaching and research interests include comparative romanticisms; the psychological novel and the novel of manners; political and aesthetic ideologies; theories of gender and sexuality; ecocriticism; feminist criticism; the Gothic and horror in literature. At UC Berkeley he has taught reading and composition courses on topics such as imagined communities, utopian fiction, environmental literature, love stories, and literature and the human body. Paul has presented papers at various conferences on the ecological form of writings by Sand, Ann Radcliffe, and Rachel Carson. His dissertation examines the responses to modernity in the aesthetics and thought of George Sand, Bettine von Arnim, Victor Hugo, and Honoré Balzac. In his spare time, Paul laments his inability to learn Japanese and translates the poetry of Alcipe, marquesa de Alorna.