ProfileJennifer Rhodes is a Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia University. She completed her PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature and Society in 2017. Her research investigates sites of interchange between literature and the visual and performing arts in Europe and the Americas and her current book project explores the influence of Richard Wagner on the 20th and 21st century novel. Jennifer draws extensively from the disciplines of film studies, performance studies, and gender studies in her work. She spends summers on the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, where she runs and writes subtitles and speaks frequently on opera and drama.
Jennifer completed her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Columbia College and credits her undergraduate experience in the Core Curriculum with sparking her enduring fascination with the ways in which narratives move across the permeable membranes of medium, culture, and time. While a graduate student, Jennifer received the 2015 Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching for Lit Hum. She is particularly invested in developing experimental pedagogies that employ performing and visual arts practices in the literature classroom.