Dora Zhang

Associate Professor
442 Wheeler
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My research interests focus on Anglo-American and European modernist fiction, literature and philosophy, theory of the novel, affect theory, aesthetics, visual culture, and more recently, ecocriticism. I also teach 20th and 21st century American literature and art. I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and my B.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. At Berkeley I hold a joint appointment in the departments of English and Comparative Literature.

My first book, Strange Likeness: Description and the Modernist Novel, is forthcoming as part of the "Thinking Literature" series from the University of Chicago Press in fall 2020. I have also written on topics including Proust and photography, Woolf and the philosophy of language, the role of atmospheres in everyday life, and Roland Barthes's travels in China. My work has appeared in Representations, New Literary History (where my article "Naming the Indescribable" won the 2013 Ralph Cohen Prize), Modernism/modernity Print Plus, and Qui Parle, as well as Public Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.