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Marta Wilkinson

Professor and Gen Ed Global Education Director,

Marta Wilkinson came to Wilmington College in 2006 having completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara. While at UCSB Marta taught courses not only in Comp Lit, but in Spanish and the Writing Program. Prior to her time at UCSB she also worked full-time as a high school teacher where her load included English, Spanish and French. This varied background and range of expertise inform her current range of World Literature courses which include engaging lower-division themes such as “The Hero: From Achilles to Zorro” or more theoretically framed upper division courses such as “Family & Nation.”

In addition to her courses in the English program, Marta also teaches many sections of Wilmington’s senior global cultures seminars (IDS425), focusing on art and literature as avenues into understanding culture and global relationships. Beyond the traditional classroom setting Marta has taken two groups of students abroad, first to France (2008), then to Italy (2010).

Marta is a southern California native whose educational experiences have had her move to France, to northern California and back south again, to Russia, and finally, to Ohio. She currently lies in Wilmington with her husband and two young daughters. When there is free time to be had she volunteers at her daughter’s elementary school, leads a Girl Scout troop, runs, draws, paints and enjoys watching as many live-action movies about comic book heroes as possible.

Recent publications

Review of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov: Art, Creativity, and Spirituality. Edited by Predrag Cicovacki and Maria Granik. For The Russian Review. (Sept 2014)

Review of Aller(s)-Retour(s) Edited by Loïc Guyon and Andrew Watts. For Contemporary and Modern France. (Feb 2014) Web.

“Victims of the City in Novels of Zola and Dostoevsky.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 14.5 (2012) Web.

“Is The World Enough? Culture, Translation, and Impassable Differences in the Life of Victoria Ocampo.” TranscUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies. 4.1 (2011): 39-48. Web.

“Raskolnikova: Rodion Romanovich’s Struggle With the Woman Within.” Genders. 50 (2009) Web.

“The Death of the Living and the Death of the Dead: An Exploration of Self in María Luisa Bombal’s La amortajada and María Zambrano’s La tumba de Antigona” Hispanófila. 155 (2009): 81-92. Print.

Antigone’s Daughters: Family, Gender, Expression in the Modern Novel. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. Print. Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature. Vol 97.

Book translation of Delphine de Girardin’sBalzac’s Cane, Lang, 2017

Foreword to The Influence of Dance on Poetics, Performance, and Art (1830-1930), Mellen, 2017

Recent presentations

Forthcoming, CCCC: Poster Presentation, “Integrating, Assessing & Closing the Loop: Risks and Rewards of Program Revision at a Small Liberal Arts College.” Tampa, FL. March 18-21, 2015.

Midwest Modern Language Association: “Architectural Intent, Panoptic Surveillance, and the Subversion of Domestic Order in Zola.” Conference theme: “The Lives of Cities.” Nov 12-15, 2014. Detroit, MI.

Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association: “When Buildings Betray: Saccard, la serre, and the Subversion Of Order In La Curée.” Conference theme: “Thresholds and Horizons.” Oct 24-26, 2013. U of Richmond, VA.

Midwest Modern Language Association: “Keep Your Money: Zola’s Forgiveness of Services Unpaid.” Conference theme: “Debt.” Nov 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, OH.

Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association: “Dinner Is Served: The Manipulation of Meals, Morals, and Men in Nana.” Conference theme: “Feast and Famine.” Oct 11-14, 2012. Raleigh, NC.

Nineteenth Century Studies Association: “Just Walk All Over Me: Psychogeography and the 19th Century Streetscape.” March 21-23, 2012. Asheville, NC.

Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education: “Using Developmental Interviews to Create Learning Outcomes Networks.” Lexington, KY, June 5-7, 2011.

American Comparative Literature Association: “”The City Did It: The Inhabitants, Passengers & Victims of Zola and Dostoevsky.” Panel theme, “The Global Street” March 31-April 3, 2011. Vancouver, BC, Canada.