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Irenae Aigbedion

Irenae Aigbedion
252 Burrowes Bldg.
Office Phone: (814) 863-1125

Education:

  1. M.A. Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, 2016
  2. B.A. International Studies: Race, Class, and Gender; Language and Culture Studies: Latin and Hispanic Studies,Trinity College, 2013

Biography:

Irenae Aigbedion is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on representations of blackness and racial identity in contemporary literature and visual culture from the Americas. Focusing on a corpus of comics and films from the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, her dissertation examines the ways in which images of blackness create and sustain a cultural imaginary of black identity/identities throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Published in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition, her article, “‘Atalanta, The Soul of Atlanta?’: Rewriting Ovid in W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903),” reflects not only her primary focus on race and representation, but also her research on contemporary redeployments of Greco-Roman myth/mythologies and on African American engagement with the classical tradition.

Classes Taught:

* CMLIT 153: International Cultures: Film and Literature

* CMLIT 101: Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature

* CMLIT 108: Myths and Mythologies

* PORT 197: Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers 

Areas of Specialization:

* Race and Ethnicity Studies

* Visual Culture, Information, and Media

* Iberian and Latin American Literature and Culture

* Latin Language and Greco-Roman Culture