Anita Starosta is a Lecturer of English at RISD. She holds a BA in Literature from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz. Before RISD, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown. In addition to teaching and writing, she is an assistant editor at boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture and a board member of A-Line, a new journal of progressive commentary.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
Anita Starosta's comparative, interdisciplinary research and teaching are concerned with the kinds of constraints-be they aesthetic, epistemological, ethical, or political-that affect our capacity to think, to imagine, and to create. Literary texts and cultural theory are her favorite tools for testing such limits, and for asking what constitutes our "present." She is most interested in theories of translation and transnationalism; concepts of aesthetic form; gender studies; and theories of globalization. She has several publications and works in progress on post-socialist Eastern Europe: articles in Intermédialités and Angelaki; a forthcoming special issue of boundary 2; and a book manuscript, entitled Eastern Europe, Literature, and Post-Imperial Difference, under review. She has also written on visual representations of sex trafficking for a book on visual culture and human rights. Her next book considers translation as a lens on the contemporary condition, through texts from Eastern Europe, North Africa, and Latin America.
- BA, Cornell University
- PHD, University of California, Santa Cruz
LITERATURE SEM: DESIGN IN WORDS
VISUALIZING HUMAN RIGHTS