Wendi Bootes joined Berkeley’s Comparative Literature Department in 2015. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College (English and Russian) and an M.A. from Yale University (European and Russian Studies). Her research focuses on Russian and British realism and modernism, theories of the novel, and legacies of nineteenth-century German intellectual thought. Other interests include revolution, war, and violence, as well as philosophies of language and aesthetics. She is pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.