A doctoral candidate at Fordham University in NYC, Olivia Badoi is currently working on her dissertation, "Picturing Modernity: Modernism and Graphic Narrative." The project examines the relationships among the woodcut novel, the graphic novel, and the modernist novel—three genres that have never been placed in dialogue before, yet which together alter our understanding of both modernist and contemporary fiction and visual culture. Her research has been generously supported by the Library of Congress and Princeton University.
There is always some degree of confusion when I tell people that I am getting my PhD in English by writing a dissertation about wordless novels. While I’m used to giving my “elevator pitch” to fellow academics, describing my project to people outside of academia can be more of a challenge: