Faculty of Arts - Cultures, Languages and Linguistics


Dr Ruth Diver

BA(Hons) (Oberlin) , MA , PhD/DNR (Auckland/Paris VIII)

Lecturer in Comparative Literature,
Subject Coordinator Comparative Literature,
Postgraduate Adviser Comparative Literature,
Undergraduate Adviser Comparative Literature,
PhD Adviser Comparative Literature

Dr Ruth Diver

Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, Comparative Literature, French, European Languages and Literatures

Email: r.diver@auckland.ac.nz

Extension: 85559 (ph + 64 9 373 7599)

Location:
Arts 1 Building
14a Symonds St
Level 7
Room 711
Hours available Semester 2: Monday 12-1pm, Thursday 11am-12pm



Research interests

French writers of Russian origin, exile, life-writing, translation, pseudonymous writing, intercultural psychology and literature.
 

Current research

Ruth Diver is carrying out research on the impact of childhood cultural displacement on creativity, considering questions of language, cross-cultural intertextuality, the inscription of displacement, and comparative reception.
 

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Theses

Marcelo Mendes de Souza, For a Latin American Irony: Dialogic Misreadings in Machado de Assis' and Jorge Luis Borges' Intertextualities with English Narrative and Criticism (co-supervision, in progress)

Xiaowen Yang, Representations of criminality in contemporary Chinese literature: a comparative study (co-supervision, in progress)

Manuela Cazan, Exorcising Communism. Three Case Studies: Czeslaw Milosz, Milan Kundera, Norman Manea (co-supervision, 2012)

 

MA Theses
Maria Mitenkova, Dystopia and National Identity: a Comparison of CK Stead’s and Tatyana Tolstaya’s Dystopias (in progress)

 

BA(Hons) Dissertations

Tamaki Tokita,  Translating the Ninth Art: A Socio-cultural and Linguistic Analysis of the Japanese Translations of Astérix, (2012)

Rafe Hampson, "Les Mots médiocrement justes": A Comparison of Samuel Beckett's and Vladimir Nabokov's Writing in French as a Foreign Language, (2012)

Recent publications

Monographs

Enfants russes, écrivains français: Nathalie Sarraute, Romain Gary. Paris, Éditions Honoré Champion, 2013.


Articles

‘Filles de Liouhbov : Gary et les prostituées littéraires russes’ in Romain Gary 2: Picaros et paumés, ed. Julien Roumette, Caen, Lettres Modernes Minard, série "La Revue des lettres modernes", in press.

"Les Mythes de l'enfance: modèles autobiographiques russes de Romain Gary", in Romain Gary 1 : le jeu des générations, jeune chien vieux chien, ed. Julien Roumette, Caen, Lettres Modernes Minard, série "La Revue des lettres modernes", 2010, pp 111-130.

"L’Enfance russe de Nathalie Sarraute", in Autour des écrivains franco-russes, ed. Murielle-Lucie Clément, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2008, pp 27-39.       

"Iegor Gran", in Écrivains franco-russes, ed. Murielle-Lucie Clément, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2008, pp 207-213.

"Le monde russe des Enchanteurs ou l’art de tromper son monde", Littératures (Presses Universitaires du Mirail), 56, 2007, pp 129-140.

"The New 'Petersburg Text': a Reading of Mikhail Veller's Legends of Nevsky Prospect", The European Connection 7 (2001), pp 23-28.


Recent conference presentations

"Changing stories: Andreï Makine, Gabriel Osmonde," AULLA Congress “Storytelling in Literature, Language and Culture”, The University of Auckland, 8 February 2011.

"Self-translation as Self-Reinvention: the case of Romain Gary", presentation to the International Conference in Literary Translation, "Writing Past Each Other? Literary Translation and Community", Victoria University of Wellington, 11-13 December 2010.

"Escaping Identity: Language and the Self-Invention of Romain Gary", ACLA Annual Conference, New Orleans, 3 April 2010.

"« Un samovar ? Chez moi ? »: Nathalie Sarraute et la littérature russe", presentation to Interuniversity French Seminar, Victoria University of Wellington, 4 July 2008.

"Nathalie Sarraute’s Russian Childhood", presentation to University of Otago Russian Studies Research Cluster Symposium, 13 November 2008.

"Le monde russe des Enchanteurs ou l’art de tromper son monde", presentation to international conference
'Romain Gary : l’ombre de l’Histoire’, Université de Toulouse le Mirail, 3-4 May 2007.
 

Thesis topic

Enfance et déracinement : Nathalie Sarraute, Romain Gary (2010) (Childhood Cultural Displacement and Creativity: Nathalie Sarraute, Romain Gary). Supervisors: Professor Raylene Ramsay, Associate Professor Mike Hanne, and Pierre Bayard, Professeur, Université Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint Denis (joint registration).

 

Current teaching




Comparative Literature
Course Title Availability in 2014
COMPLIT 202 Interpreting Folktales Semester 2
COMPLIT 206 When East Meets West Not offered in 2014.
COMPLIT 302 When East Meets West Not offered in 2014.
COMPLIT 303 Interpreting Folktales Semester 2
COMPLIT 703 Rethinking Literary Translation Semester 2
COMPLIT 704 Special Topic: A World of Short Stories Not offered in 2014.
COMPLIT 705 Reading Across Cultures Semester 1
COMPLIT 707 Special Topic: A World of Short Stories Not offered in 2014.
COMPLIT 709 Reading Across Cultures Semester 1



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