Jennifer G. Rhodes

Jennifer G. Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes is a Lecturer in Literature Humanities. She holds a PhD in Italian and Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2017). Her research investigates sites of interchange between literature and the visual and performing arts, particularly opera and the novel. Her current book projects explore the influence of Richard Wagner on modernist prose and the dimensions of multimedia underworlds from the concert stage to PlayStation. Jennifer draws extensively upon the disciplines of performance studies, translation studies, and gender studies in her work. Material culture and book history are also increasingly vital threads of her research program. Jennifer is active in the performing arts community--she spends summers on the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, where she runs and writes subtitles and presents public programming on music and literature. She is also a titlist with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Jennifer is immensely grateful for her enduring relationship with Columbia's Core Curriculum. She completed her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Columbia College, and the program's expansiveness across the arts sparked her enduring fascination with the ways in which narratives move across the permeable membranes of medium, language, culture, and time. While a graduate student, Jennifer received the 2015 Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching for Literature Humanities. Trained as a musician and painter, Jennifer is deeply invested in incorporating performing and visual arts practices into the literature classroom. Synthesizers, textiles, historical pigments, and foraged inks often make appearances in her courses as natural vehicles for exploring the multifaceted indentities and afterlives of texts.