Regina Chiuminatto - Comparatist
Currently based in Maryland, educated at Union College in Schenectady, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Université de Rennes II, I am a teacher and writer working with different age groups and languages. I hold a PhD in Comparative Literature based on my research on Russian, French, and German poetry, and the intersections of poetry and philosophy. My ongoing work concerns the ethics of reading the dead.
PhD, Comparative Literature
University of Wisconsin Madison
July 2013 - August 2018
My dissertation follows the poetic projects of Rainer Maria Rilke and Marina Tsvetaeva, as well as their correspondence in 1926, the year of Rilke's death.
I focus on the poetics that each elaborates, interpreting their understanding of the structures of poetic discourse through the lenses of the love-relationship and Gaston Bachelard's idea of Phenomenology of Imagination.
I defended my dissertation, "The Poetics of Self-imagination with Tsvetaeva, Rilke, and Pasternak," on 17 November, 2017.
Reading and Writing Teacher
The first pillar of my teaching philosophy is to help students to identify what they already know and to grow their understanding from there. All students have unique capacities that, once identified, can help them to excel as close and discerning readers.
Writing is my favorite subject to teach, and while I work closely with my students on technique and clarity of thought, I also believe and teach my students that writing is an ongoing process that we continue to improve throughout our lives.
University of Wisconsin, Department of Comparative Literature
September 2010 — May 2012
I worked with students every day, leading discussions and holding office hours where I helped students with their writing or worked through difficult concepts. I also graded tests and papers, and learned how to navigate difficult situations, like how to handle sticky moments around discussions of sensitive topics in class.
Bachelor of Arts, Classics and French
Union College Schenectady, NY 2009
Master of Arts, Comparative Literature
University of Wisconsin, Madison 2011
In my undergraduate study, I was exposed to a variety of literary traditions, reading poetry and occasionally prose in Latin, Ancient Greek, French, and German, as well as English. I developed a sense of my personal approach to the comparative in coursework on poetics and in my own research into the history of metrical forms across these languages. I also enjoyed the freshness of discovery as I read Roman Jakobson and Walter Benjamin for the first time.
My time at Madison was deeply formative on many levels. The master's exams required focus and synthetic thinking under pressure at levels I didn't know I was capable of. Teaching and discussing the difficulties of teaching with my fellow graduate students showed me how to think of work as process. I also volunteered with my union and realized that I love the interpersonal connection and the collaborative energy of organizing.