Meet our Faculty: Myrto Drizou
Instructor, English Department
Ph.D. Comparative Literature SUNY Buffalo
Phone: (217) 206 8332
Office: UHB 3069
Teaching Concentration: English Rhetoric and Composition (ENG 101 and 102)
Courses Taught: Introductory and Advanced English Composition; World Civilizations; Childhood and Imagination
Biography: Myrto Drizou studied English Language and Literature at the University of Athens, Greece. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, UK, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also received her PhD. Her interests lie in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature (particularly realism and naturalism), literary theory and criticism, rhetoric and composition, and gender studies. She has presented papers on turn-of-the-century American literature in conferences in Europe and the United States.
Dissertation: “The Politics of Necessity: Negotiating the Future in American Literary Naturalism” (SUNY Buffalo)
“Floundering between Worlds Passed and Worlds Coming: The Charm of the Unstable Balance in Henry Adams” (forthcoming in Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Fall 2012)
Selected Conference Papers:
- “The Promise of Change: Scientific Contexts in The Education of Henry Adams.” Annual Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association , Durham, NC, November 2012.
- “The Use of Attempting the Impossible: Edith Wharton’s Backward Glance in The Age of Innocence.” Edith Wharton in Florence Conference, Florence, Italy, June 2012.
- “Lily Bart’s Necessary Failure: Reconsidering Edith Wharton’s Vision of the Future in The House of Mirth.” American Literature Association Symposium, Savannah, GA, October 2011.
- “Negotiating the Relation between the Past and the Future: Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.” Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2010. Nomination for the Horst Frenz Prize for Best Graduate Student Presentation.