M.A. Draper Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Thought
Tamara Day is pursuing an M.A. in the Draper Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Thought. After earning a B.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara in global studies, a professional degree in screenwriting from UCLA, and spending a year living in Paris, Tamara chose GSAS in part because of the university’s unique urban setting. “Being part of a large and diverse community outside of the academic one was important to me,” Tamara says. “My experiences outside the classroom—at museums, conferences, art and music shows—have greatly complemented my experiences inside the classroom and provide greater depth and a necessary balance to my studies.”
Her research focuses on literary cultures, particularly postcolonial literature, and Caribbean and magical realist texts. Tamara’s work explores perspectives that have traditionally been privileged in academic discourse, and the representations and creative expressions of groups considered “other.” Recently she’s been examining Dominican-born author Jean Rhys’ novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, on which she gave a presentation at the fall 2009 Draper Colloquium. In the summer of 2010, she will give another presentation on literary afterlives as a postcolonial strategy in Wide Sargasso Sea at the 21st annual UCLA English Southland Graduate Conference. Additionally, Tamara is an editor for Anamesa, an NYU graduate student literary journal.
Updated on 10/02/2012