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Adele Kudish

College: Graduate Center
Awards: Student Speaker for Graduate Center Commencement, 2012; Student Speaker for Graduate Center Commencement, 2012

Outstanding Student

Adele Kudish, who earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature and was student speaker at the Graduate Center's 2012 commencement, accepted a tenure-track job in the English department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she will teach composition and literature.

In her dissertation, "Double-Dealings and Double Meanings: Doubting and Knowing in European ‘Analytical' Fiction," she examined the way authors represent consciousness - in particular, doubt, error and obsessive love - in works written well before Freudian psychoanalysis and the discipline of psychology were established in the late 19th century.

During 2011-12, Kudish received a Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship and the Renaissance Studies Certificate Program's Travel and Research Grant. In Spring 2012, she was invited to present three papers: "Adapting the Novels of Madame de Lafayette" at the American Comparative Literature Association's annual conference; "Double-Dealings and Double Meanings: Deliberation and Dissimulation in La Princesse de Clèves" for the Graduate Center's Renaissance Studies Certificate Program's colloquium series; and "Intimacy and Dissimulation in Marguerite de Navarre's Tenth Nouvelle" for a graduate seminar on "Fictions of the Psyche."

She is working on an article on Samuel Richardson's last novel, tentatively titled "Avoiding the Chimera: Anti-Romance in the History of Sir Charles Grandison."

During her graduate studies, Kudish taught English composition, English literature, comparative literature and French language at various CUNY colleges; served as a 2009-11 BMCC writing Fellow; and, in 2009-11, as adjunct instructor for European humanities courses in the Morse Academic Plan at New York University.