Spencer Lee Lenfield

Spencer Lee Lenfield

Class of 2012, Modern Europe
Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, Yale University
Spencer Lee Lenfield

Thesis Title: Mrs. Dalloway and Virginia Woolf’s Conception of the Self

What Now: Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at Yale University

What Next: Further graduate study, leading to dissertation

Follow Me: @sleelenfield (Twitter); Loose Signatures (blog); Yale Comparative Literature Department Biography

I graduated from Harvard in 2012 and spent 2012-15 in the United Kingdom at Oxford University reading for a second bachelor's degree in classics and philosophy on a Rhodes Scholarship. After that, I worked for two years at Dumbarton Oaks, a Harvard-affiliated humanities research center, library, and art museum in Washington, D.C. on a postgraduate fellowship. As Media Fellow, I directed multiple video projects, managed the center's audio-visual equipment, and worked extensively on public relations and outreach initiatives. I left in the summer of 2017 to take a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Korea, where I taught middle school English while continuing to study Korean (which I began learning immediately after graduating from Oxford). I began graduate studies at Yale's comparative literature department in fall 2018, where my current principal interests are in global modernism and the twentieth century, histories and theories of the novel, and theories of fictionality and fictional characters across English, French, Latin, Greek, and Korean. (Of those five, I was only proficient in the first two while I was at Harvard, which shows you don't need to be bounded by your undergraduate interests in graduate school!) I continue to write occasionally as an arts journalist and reviewer.

Read More:
"A World of Literature: David Damrosch's Literary Global Reach" in Harvard Magazine (September-October 2019)
"Adoption Anxieties" in Public Books (May 2018)
"Korean as a Second Language" in Catapult (April 2018)
"Feelings Ought to Be Investigated" in Harvard Magazine (January-February 2017)