Michael Pifer received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2014. His dissertation, "The Stranger's Voice: Integrated Literary Cultures in Anatolia and the Premodern World," examines the development of poetry on strangers and exiles across Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Armenian literatures. In so doing, it proposes a novel framework for understanding the interconnected development of multiple literatures across vast geographic spaces.
Dr. Pifer, a former Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow, conducted research in Syria, Armenia, and Turkey while completing his dissertation. His post-doctoral research, which will draw from a remarkable trove of literary texts and manuscripts, seeks to intervene within contemporary debates on the spread of literary forms and figures across the premodern world.
As a Manoogian Simone Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Dr. Pifer will teach a course on border crossings -- geographic and cultural -- in world literature, with an emphasis on Armenian and Near Eastern poetry and novels.
Dissertation: THE STRANGER'S VOICE: ACTS OF APPROPRIATION IN ANATOLIAN LITERATURE AND SOCIETY (2014)