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  • Nancy Ruttenburg

    Nancy Ruttenburg

    William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature and Professor, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Languages and Literatures

    BioNancy Ruttenburg is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature in the English Department at Stanford. She also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She received the PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford (1988) and taught at Harvard, Berkeley, and most recently at NYU, where she was chair of the Department of Comparative Literature from 2002-2008. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political, religious, and literary expression in colonial through antebellum America and nineteenth-century Russia, with a particular focus on the development of liberal and non-liberal forms of democratic subjectivity. Related interests include history of the novel, novel theory, and the global novel; philosophy of religion and ethics; and problems of comparative method, especially as they pertain to North American literature and history.

    Prof. Ruttenburg is the author of Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship (Stanford UP, 1998) and Dostoevsky's Democracy (Princeton UP, 2008), and she has recently written on the work of J. M. Coetzee and on Melville’s “Bartleby.” Books in progress include a study of secularization in the postrevolutionary United States arising out of the naturalization of “conscience” as inalienable right, entitled Conscience, Rights, and 'The Delirium of Democracy'; and a comparative work entitled Dostoevsky And for which the Russian writer serves as a lens on the historical development of a set of intercalated themes in the literature of American modernity. These encompass self-making and self-loss (beginning with Frederick Douglass's serial autobiographies); sentimentalism and sadism (in abolitionist fiction); crime and masculinity (including Mailer's The Executioner's Song); and the intersection of race, religious fundamentalism, and radical politics (focusing on the works of James Baldwin and Marilynne Robinson). Her courses will draw from both these projects.

    Prof. Ruttenburg is past president of the Charles Brockden Brown Society and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, a University of California President's Research Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council for Russian and East European Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

  • Thomas Ryckman

    Thomas Ryckman

    Professor (Teaching) of Philosophy

    BioI am author of The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics 1915-1925 (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science), 2005, and co-author (with Zellig Harris and Michael Gottfried) of The Form of Information in Science (Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science), 1987. Among recent articles are "Hilbert's 'Foundations of Physics: Gravitation and Electromagnetism within the Axiomatic Method" (with Katherine Brading), Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics v. 39 (2008); "Analytic and Continental Traditions: Frege, Husserl, Carnap and Heidegger" (with Michael Friedman), in The History of Continental Philosophy, v. 3 (2009); and "Worlds Without Number and Without End", catalogue essay for the exhibition "The Island Universe" by Josiah McElheny, White Cube Gallery, London, October, 2008 and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, January, 2009.

  • Constance Rylance

    Constance Rylance

    Lecturer, Stanford Language Center

    BioLecturer and Coordinator, Graduate Summer Intensive English Program. (M.A., San Francisco State University)
    Connie teaches Academic Discussion, Oral Presentation, Advanced Listening, Advanced Academic Writing, Speaking and Teaching in English, and English for Business, Industry and Professional Communication as well as a methodology course for Stanford undergraduates planning to teach English in other countries. During the summer, she coordinates the Academic Orientation program, EFSLANG 688, for graduate students. She has also taught EFL in Spain and ESL in many corporate settings. Her special interests include helping students develop interpersonal communication strategies, international TA training and ESL methodology. She is proficient in Spanish.