Program in Comparative Literature

Dusty Hixenbaugh and Pearl Brilmyer Awarded 2010-2011 Outstanding English Department TA and AI Awards

Tue, July 19, 2011

We are proud to announce that two students at the Program in Comparative Literature have been awarded the 2010-2011 Outstanding English Department TA and AI awards. Dusty Hixenbaugh achieved the Outstanding TA of the Year award and S. Pearl Brilmyer achieved the Outstanding AI of the year award.

S. Pearl Brilmyer
S. Pearl Brilmyer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently at work on a dissertation on vitality, agency and Victorian literature (supervised by Ann Cvetkovich and Tracie Matysik) called "Character Drives: Vitality and the Victorian Novel". Her interests include queer theory, the 19th-century novel and literary sketch, the history of German philosophy and science, and 21st-century digital literacies. She won the Outstanding English Department AI Award, which is a teaching excellence award given by the English department, for my work developing and teaching E314V: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture: History, Feeling, Form.  This course taught students the basics of literary analysis through a cannon of gay and lesbian fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music and performance art.


Dusty Hixenbaugh
Dusty Hixenbaugh is the winner the 2010-2011 Outstanding English Department TA Award. He graduated from UT Austin with his Master's Degree in Comparative Literature and, beginning this fall, he will continue to work towards his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. He has also been awarded the FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) fellowship from the US Department of Education to study Portuguese for the next two semesters. He is co-organizer of the 2011 GRACLS Conference for Graduate Students of Comparative Literature. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in English and Spanish from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, joining Teach For America corps and spending three years teaching English to high school students in La Joya, Texas, on the US-Mexico border. He continues to work for Teach For America as a "Literacy Specialist" in the summers, training their incoming teachers.

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