Taylor Kang '19

Comparative Literature
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Concentration: Comparative Literature

Certificates: Translation & Intercultural Communication, Gender & Sexuality Studies 

Hi, all! My name is Taylor, and I'm a junior from Long Island, New York. As a Comparative Literature major, I'm hoping to combine my interests in Italian, German, and Ancient Greek to explore, amongst other things, architecture, textual scholarship, phenomenology, and avant-garde poetry. COM is a great department in that it's so interdisciplinary and has allowed me to collapse a lot of my seemingly irreconcilable interests into my concentration! 

On campus, I'm also the Co-President of Programming of the Princeton Women's Mentorship Program, a Student Tour Guide at the Art Museum, and a contributor to Stripe Magazine. I enjoy running and hiking, baking desserts, making stained glass windows, train rides (morning commutes in general - I'm already well-suited for middle age), coffee, and contemporary art! 

I'm always happy to talk, whether it be about academics, the latest NYT "By the Book," or why Hugh Grant is a transatlantic treasure (or anything else, really)! 

Favorite Courses: 

COM 402/TRA 402 - Radical Poetics, Radical Translation - An all-around amazing course, COM 402 exploded my understanding of translation and poetics, and, in more general terms, the purpose of art. You'll read texts that stun you with their strange beauty and/or novelty, and Professor Emmerich is a fantastic facilitator of classroom discussion. 

ITA 305/COM 375/GSS 308 - A Gendered History of the Avant-Garde: Bodies, Objects, Emotions, Ideas - As my friends have pointed out, the name of the course alone is a lot, yes, and the class does not disappoint - Dr. Giammei is wonderful and manages to incorporate modern Italian history, visual art, and literature (particularly the manifesto as a genre) into a cohesive, dynamic syllabus (and it's an HA!). 

FRE 405/AMS 405/GSS 402 - French and American Comparative Feminism - Covering everything from philosophy to public policy, this course not only provides you with a strong theoretical framework in gender theory but also a much more general understanding of the ideological gaps/affinities between French and American culture; it's since made me rethink my relationship with fad/corporate feminism and how to live more conscientiously. 

ARC 203 - Introduction to Architectural Thinking - I took this course on a whim freshman fall, and it has provided me with an interest and strong foundation in architectural theory; Learning from Las Vegas is one of my favorite books and has fueled my love affair with the eponymous city, as bizarre as that may sound, of late.