Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Recent Grads

Sergiy Yakovenko
PhD Comparative Literature

Ecological Ideologies of Modernity and Their Temporal-Spatial Representations in Canadian, Russian, and Polish Literatures of the Twentieth Century

The dissertation focuses on the temporal-spatial representations of the ecological ideologies of modernity in the writings of Canadian authors Georges Bugnet, Sheila Watson, and Howard O’Hagan, Russian authors Andrei Bitov and Tatiana Tolstaia, and Polish author Czesław Miłosz.


Adrien Guyot
PhD French Language, Literature, and Linguistics 


 L'Amérique, un ailleurs partagé



Nataliya Bezborodova
MA Ukrainian Folklore


Maidan on Facebook: Sensitive, Expressive and Interpretative Protest Lore

The thesis traces Internet textual representations of the Maidan, a wide-scale protest movement that took place in 2013-2014 in Ukraine, and their function in identifying the opposing sides during the protests. These texts helped to formulate new narratives, articulate attitudes, and build relationships, create a sense of community within the protestors’ side, which had its impact on institutional changes of commemorative practices.


Lars Richter
PhD Germanic Languages and Literatures


Echoes and Oscillations: Poetics, Public Intellectualism, and Contemporary Literature in the Work of Juli Zeh

The dissertation Echoes and Oscillations: Poetics, Public Intellectualism, and Contemporary Literature in the Work of Juli Zeh examines the work of German author Juli Zeh. The dissertation is an exploration of how Zeh’s poetological positions, her work as a public intellectual and the incorporation of modes of realistic writing in her narratives result in an interplay between diegetic and non-diegetic realities that, in turn, have an impact on the question of what role literature can play in the present cultural landscape of Germany and beyond.


Marine Gheno
PhD French Languages, Literature and Linguistics



Femmes scandaleuses: le pouvoir transformatif de la transgression chez Virginie Despents, Nelly Arcan et aurélia aurita



Reem Alzaid
MA Comparative Literature



A Comparative Study of Thomas More’s Utopia and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet



Jenny Osorio
MA Applied Linguistics


Literature in the Language Classroom: Developing Reading Strategies in Beginner Spanish Students

Why is it difficult to include literature content in a language class? Reading in a second language may be stressful to certain students, caused by their limited linguistic skills and vocabulary, or lack of the cultural context assumed in literary texts (Grabe and Stoller, 2001, p. 189). The main goal of introductory language courses is the linguistic development of students; academic literacy is usually neglected at this level. More attention tolinguisticsis typically paid in upper-level courses (Allen and Paesani, 2010, p. 120). As students do not get enough exposure to literary and cultural material at the introductory levels, they are more likely to struggle when asked to do textual analysis. Bearing this divide in mind, My project discusses the progress made in the use of literary texts in foreign language classes by teaching reading strategies to beginner students of Spanish, facilitating the understanding of authentic literary material and decreasing their level of anxiety when facing the text.


Sabujkoli Bandopadhyay
PhD Comparative Literature


Dominant, Dormant and Emergent Tendencies in the Twentieth Century Working-Class Novel









My project engages in a historicist reading of the genre of the working-class novel and presents a comparative study of literary texts from the UK, the USA, Canada, India, Kenya and Morocco.

Viktoriya Yakovlevya
PhD Social Theory and Cultural Studies


Childhood after Chornobyl: A Social History of Childhood in Ukraine 1986-1996  

Katherine Alexander
MA Translation Studies


Examining Themes of Gender in the Short Fiction of Carme Riera through Translation



Kateryna Kod
MA Ukrainian Folklore


Ethnocultural Identity and Edmonton Painters Recently from Ukraine



Dianna Brittian
MA Spanish and Latin American Studies

El nuevo cine argentino y la pobreza: ¿Cómo se retrata la pobreza causada por la política neoliberal menemista en las películas pertinentes al nuevo cine argentino?


Wenjuan Xie
PhD Comparative Literature


(Trans)Culturally Transgendered: Reading Transgender Narratives in (Late) Imperial China


Larisa Cheladyn
MA Ukrainian Folklore
Stitched Narratives: The Ukrainian Canadian Embroidered Pillow