Rebecca Karni


Rebecca Karni completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at UCLA, earned a postdoctoral research fellowship and was a visiting scholar in Stanford University’s Departments of English and Comparative Literature. Her teaching and research interests include 20th- and 21st-century world, global Anglophone, British, American, Asian British and Asian American, Japanese, Asian Diasporic and French/Francophone literatures; global, transnational, diaspora and postcolonial studies; the novel and narrative; global film and visual culture; translation and mediation; aesthetics and ethics; affect theory; and ecocritical approaches to the study of literature, film and culture.

Karni is currently completing revisions on a book-length study of the Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction in the contexts of world literature and reading transnationally. An article related to this study was published in Comparative Literature Studies. She is also at work on a second book project focusing on aspects of style, translation, mediation and affect in late 20th- and 21st-century transnational novels and films.

Fall 2022

  • LAS-E101-20 First-year Literature Seminar
  • LAS-E309-01 Transnational Spy & Detective Fiction
  • LAS-E309-02 Transnational Spy & Detective Fiction

Spring 2023

  • LAS-E308-01 Kazuo Ishiguro And/as World Literature