Department of Comparative Literature and the College
Anna Elena Torres specializes in Jewish studies, gender studies, and labor history, with particular attention to the subjects of statelessness, anti-statism, and borderlands literature.
Her forthcoming book Any Minute Now the World Streams over Its Border!: Anarchism and Yiddish Literature (Yale University Press) will examine the literary production, language politics, and religious thought of Jewish anarchist movements from 1870 to the present in Moscow, Tel Aviv, London, Buenos Aires, New York City, and elsewhere. Her second project is a study of Polish writer, philosopher, and art critic Dvoyre Fogel, whose work exemplifies Cubist-Constructivist experimentation and who translated approaches developed in photography, film, and painting into literature Torres translated Fogel’s poetry collection Manekinen (Mannequins, 1934) from the Yiddish, and is currently organizing a symposium on Fogel and her circle. Other ongoing projects include a comparative study of racialization, indigeneity, and colonial education in Puerto Rico and Native American residential schools in the mainland United States.
Torres holds a BA in religion from Swarthmore College, an MA in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Jewish studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, she was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago.