About the Director

Dr. Dorota Heneghan

Dr. Heneghan, the director of the program

Dorota Heneghan is the Director of Comparative Literature and Associate Professor of Spanish at Louisiana State University. She received her PhD in Spanish from Yale University in 2008 and MA in German from the University of Silesia (Poland) in 1995. Her research centers on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spanish Literature and Culture, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern Spanish Culture, Modern German, Russian, and Polish Narrative and Theater, Gender, Transatlantic Studies, and Art History. She is the author of Striking Their Modern Pose: Fashion, Gender, and Modernity in Galdós, Pardo Bazán, and Picón, (Purdue University Press 2015). Dr. Heneghan was awarded the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She is the recipient of Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, Hispanex Research Grant; Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States’ Universities Research Grant; as well as an A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellowship at the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; a Yale University John Perry Miller Grant and Yale University John F. Enders Grants. Dr. Heneghan is currently working on a book, Gender Relations and Nation in Sofía Casanova’s Writings from Poland (1913-1933), which is about the relationship between the Spanish writer, Sofía Casanova’s experiences in Poland and Russia and her input in the literary and political life of early twentieth-century Spain. Her work has also appeared in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Siglo Diecinueve Literatura Hispánica, Hispanic Review, Anales Galdosianos, and Hispanófila. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards: LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award, LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Robert L. “Doc” Amborski Faculty Teaching Award, Yale College Prize Teaching Awards, and most recently the LSU Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures Award for Outstanding Teaching. 

Vision Statement

The LSU Program in Comparative Literature provides a vibrant, collaborative space for students and faculty to explore transnational and interdisciplinary research in literary, cultural, and artistic traditions. Through scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, the program establishes and maintains relationships with a number of local, national, and international entities. Mutual exchange is a core value that fosters the program’s dynamic scholarly atmosphere.  The interdepartmental nature of the program creates an opportunity for dialogue and research that enhances LSU’s linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary diversity.  In addition to an excellent grounding in multiple areas of literary study, the program envisions expanding the geographical and cultural scope of student and faculty projects.