I tailor my tutoring program to the writing needs and literary interests of each student. I develop their awareness of literary history, their ability to read and analyze literature in a sophisticated and pleasurable way, and their skills in clear and complex writing. Alongside developing this unique program, I help students with their writing assignments for school or university, and with essays for applications (university or postgraduate school).
I have a PhD in English literature from Harvard and a BA from UC Berkeley. I offer literature and writing tutoring for gifted students, age 12 to adult. I have experience teaching students at all levels, including multiple years teaching middle school students and Harvard undergraduates.
CV, teaching evaluations, and rates available upon request.
Ph.D. English, 2017
Thesis: Back Stories: Human Embodiment and the Novel
Abstract: My thesis describes the relation between literature and the phenomenology of the body’s physical back surface. Through formal analyses of novels by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy, I argue that the perceptual asymmetry between the front and the back of the human body is deeply associated with fundamental narrative frameworks and concerns.
University of Cambridge
Visiting Research Student English, Spring 2017
University of California, Berkeley
B.A. English, 2007
Summa Cum Laude
Back Stories: Human Embodiment and Narrative
‘Austen Equilibrium’, Representations, 143 (Summer 2018), pp. 63–90.
Winner of the Richard Stein Essay Prize, awarded by the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS)
‘Cranford in Cranford: Regional Loops’, for submission to NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction.
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi at Work: The Politics and Aesthetics of Archives, eds. Jonathan Larcher and Alo Paistik (Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming, 2021)
‘Back Stories: Human Embodiment and the Novel’, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, February 2017
‘Extraction, Circulation, Consumption: New Investigations in Nineteenth-Century Commodity Culture (Stein Prize Panel)’, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of Southern California, March 2020
‘Novel Counts’, International Conference on Narrative, Las Vegas, March 2012
‘Embodied Trauma and Metaphor in Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, Narratives of Temporality: Continuities, Discontinuities, Ruptures, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, July 2019
‘Age and Dissymmetry in Austen’s Persuasion’, Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century, University of Lincoln, July 2019
‘The Political Economy of Novelistic Prose’, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of Roma Tre, June 2018
‘Dorsal Cognition’, Curiosity and Cognition: Embodied Things, 1400–1900, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, June 2017
‘The Sound of Authenticity’, Poetics and Linguistics Association, University of Cagliari, July 2016
‘Narratological Embodiment in Persuasion’, International Conference on Narrative, University of Amsterdam, June 2016
‘Rhythmic Regularity as Rhetorical Strategy’, American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, March 2016
‘Plotting Against the Plot: Narrative Struggle in The Bostonians’, International Conference on Narrative, MIT, March 2014
‘Words Over Time: Narrative Efficiency in the Novel’, Modern Languages and Literatures Conference, University of Western Ontario, March 2014
Lecturer, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Embodied Cognition and Narrative Structures
Graduate Seminar at the Principles of Cultural Dynamics Summer School
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Department of English
Postwar British and American Fiction
Autumn 2014 & Autumn 2016
The Comic Enlightenment
On the eighteenth-century British novel, the Enlightenment, and theories of humor
Literature and Sexuality
The Reflection of Reality
On mimesis in nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels
Nineteenth-Century American Novel
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Economics
On scarcity and resource allocation
Senior Thesis Advisor, Harvard University, Department of English
Geneva Ideas: Dostoevsky, Rousseau, and the Confessional Personality
Rebecca Panovka, 2016
The Theatrical Imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Olivia Ball, 2014
Three Stages and Two Studios
Shiya Wang, 2013
English Teacher (High School), Lycée Louis de Broglie (France)
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Richard Stein Essay Prize, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS), 2019
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Bok Center, Harvard, 2017
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Harvard, 2016
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Bok Center, Harvard, 2015
Annie Dexter Fellowship for Dissertation Research, English Department, Harvard, 2014
Departmental Citation for Outstanding Achievement in English, UC Berkeley, 2007
Mark Schorer Prize (Departmental Valedictorian), UC Berkeley, 2007
James Phelan Scholarship for Excellence in the English Department, UC Berkeley, 2006
H. W. Hill Scholarship for Excellence in the English Department, UC Berkeley, 2005
Chauncey Wetmore Wells Prize for Best Essay, UC Berkeley, 2005
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS
Founder and Producer, Harvard Graduate Play, 2013-2015
Arts Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 2013-2015
Contributor, Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin, 2014
Spanish (reading knowledge)
Trisha is a highly dedicated tutor and a gifted writer in her own right. She is incredibly sensitive to students’ needs, abilities, and motivations. We met as academic colleagues—a role in which I was able to observe her brilliance in literary criticism, as well as her passion for teaching. Any student would be extraordinarily lucky to be tutored by her, and a gifted student would be spurred to excel and achieve their full potential. I cannot recommend Trisha highly enough.
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