PhD Students

Nell Wasserstrom


Nell Wasserstrom's research interests include European modernism, continental philosophy, and theories of temporality and of reading. She has recently published two articles: “Disfiguration and Desire: The Erotic Historiography of Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem” in Modern Philology and “After All: Traces of the Literary in Freud’s Moses and Monotheism (A Historical Novel)” in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Her book reviews have appeared in Twentieth-Century Literature, Modern Language Studies, Modern Language Notes, The Modernist Review, and Modern Language Review. Nell has completed a minor field exam on the problem of time in philosophy and critical theory, and a major field exam on modernism and modernity. She also served as the co-founder and co-director of the Boston College Theory Colloquium, a cross-disciplinary graduate student organization dedicated to bringing new theoretical movements and discourses to the BC graduate community.

Currently, Nell is at work on her dissertation, The Aesthetics of Lateness: Freud, Benjamin, Woolf, which works at the intersection of psychoanalytic theory and deconstruction in order to explore, in the last works of these three writers, the relation between Nachträglichkeit and literary modernism as a phenomenon of belatedness. During the academic year 2018-2019, she held the position of pensionnaire étrangère at the École normale supérieure in Paris, where she also participated in Northwestern University's Paris Program in Critical Theory.

Nell's teaching experience includes First-Year Writing Seminar and Literature Core courses on the themes of “untimeliness” and "pleasure." In the Fall 2017 semester, she taught an advanced English elective course titled “Apocalyptic Modernism.” Most recently, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Harvard University’s Extension School and Summer School, where she taught courses on literary theory and literature and social change.

Nell received her M.A. in English from Boston College and B.F.A. in Theatre Studies, with Departmental Honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.