Kathleen L. Komar
Professor Komar earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1977. She holds an appointment in the Comparative Literature Department and an affiliated appointment in the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA. She has served as President of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Komar has published on a wide variety of topics from Romanticism to the present in both American and German literature. Her books include Pattern and Chaos: Multilinear Novels by Dos Passos, Faulkner, Döblin, and Koeppen (1983), Transcending Angels: Rainer Maria Rilke's "Duino Elegies" (1987), and Reclaiming Klytemnestra: Revenge or Reconciliation (2003). She co-edited with Ross Shideler the volume Lyrical Symbols and Narrative Transformations (1998). Her recent publications focus on contemporary women authors such as Christa Wolf, Bessie Head, Ingeborg Bachmann, Monique Wittig, and Christa Reinig, as well as male authors such as Rilke, Stevens, Faulkner, James, Brecht, and Broch. Komar has also published articles on the status of feminist studies in the academy and the current status of Comparative Literature as a discipline. She has recently developed an interest in cyberliterature and the effects of the internet on literary study. A recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989, Professor Komar's classes include courses on feminist theory, modernism, and contemporary women's literature. She served as Chair of the Academic Senate at UCLA in 2004-05.
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