Annie Julia Wyman
PhD Candidate, English.
I'm a scholar and a screenwriter and sometimes a journalist, an essayist, a critic, a fiction writer, and/or a translator. I'm interested in all kinds of books and culture. I'll be a Fellow of the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. New Mexico, for Fall 2017.
At Harvard, I work with a wide range of perspectives on comedy. My dissertation presents three readings of comic novels (by Dickens, Joyce, and Ben Lerner) not just to make the case that comedy has become late-phase capitalism's dominant aesthetic mode but to suggest that because life has become thinly, oppressively comic we need true comedy — its subversions and affirmations — more than ever. To that end, my readers serve as grounds for a new trans-historical theorization of comic art.
I teach everything from Shakespeare to American poetry to the history of the joke.
I have essays in the anthologies Read Harder (Believer Books, Fall 2014) and City by City (n+1 / Farrar Straus Giroux, Spring 2015) and pieces forthcoming or published with newyorker.com, parisreview.org, n+1, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice, McSweeney's (where I was also an editor), the Believer, Cabinet, and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can find my clips here.
My co-translation of philosopher Giorgio Agamben's The Unspeakable Girl was published in April 2014. I am now working on translations of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet and Dante's Purgatorio.
My first screenplay is an adaptation of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities; I'm also working on a hour-long TV pilot set in Louisiana and another set in Texas. I like extravagantly strange nonfictional worlds. All my stories are about who does and doesn't deserve love — and the terrible things we'll do to ourselves and other people to get it.