Core Summer Faculty

Teaching the first-semester Humanities, CC 101, in Summer I:

summer-faculty-gillmanAbigail Gillman

Office: STH 613A | agillman@bu.edu | 8-6374
Education: BA, Yale University; PhD, Harvard University
Office Hours: TBD

Professor Gillman’s research interests are German Jewish literature and thought; Austrian literature; modernism; memory (literary, religious, cultural); Biblical and Rabbinic texts; Bible translation; modern Hebrew literature; and foreign-language pedagogy.

Among her courses are Franz Kafka; Nineteenth-Century German Literature; Early 20th-century German Literature; Modern Hebrew Literature; German-Jewish Literature and Thought; and the literary afterlife of the book of Genesis. She oversees the Hebrew section of MLCL.

Her book Viennese Jewish Modernism: Freud, Hofmannsthal, Beer-Hofmann, and Schnitzler was published by Penn State Press in April 2009. According to the publisher’s website, Professor Gillman “challenges the conventional understanding of modernism as simply a break from tradition. Until recently, the study of Jewish modernism has centered on questions of Jewish and non-Jewish identity, generally ignoring the role Judaism played in the formulation of European modernism as a whole. By focusing on the works of major Viennese authors and thinkers — Freud, Hofmannsthal, Beer-Hofmann, and Schnitzler — both within and outside the contexts of Jewish identity, Abigail Gillman provides a profound new perspective on modernism.”


Teaching the second-semester Humanities, CC 102, in Summer II:

summer-faculty-hamillKyna Hamill

Office: CAS 119 | kyna@bu.edu | 8-2894
Education: BA, University of Ottawa; MA, University of Alberta; PhD, Tufts
Office Hours: TBD

Professor Hamill received her doctorate in Theatre History. She specializes in iconography of the Commedia dell’arte, theatre and war, and theatre semiotics. She has published articles in Print Quarterly, Theatre Symposium and The Performance of Violence in Contemporary Ireland. She also edited They Fight: Classical to Contemporary Stage Fight Scenes, a collection of stage combat scenes, with special attention paid to diverse weaponry and scenes for women.

Her current research project, Staging War from Troy to Iraq, explores how theatre confronts the topic of war across a broad historical, cultural and performative spectrum. Her favorite books in Core are Gilgamesh, the Aeneid, and Don Quixote.