Laleh Boroujerdi-Rad

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?

I am working under Dr. Margot Norris, Professor of English in the School of Humanities. My project examines James Joyce's famous work, "Ulysses," from the perspective of narratology, which studies the theory of narrative texts. Specifically, I am looking at instances of exile in the relationship between Leopold Bloom and the greater Dublin community.

2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I first became interested in this topic when I took a criticism class last year with Professor Norris titled, Narratology and Joyce. It was my first experience with the author and we really dove right into it. From there I wanted to keep up my studies on the subject, and began a research project.

3. How has research enhanced your education?

This research project has led me through several priceless learning experiences, and has enhanced my understanding of James Joyce's works and the many different approaches that have been taken to interpret them. I am also much more familiar with narratology as a theory as well as its application to different texts.

4. What has been your favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

In the summer of 2005 I was able to attend conference-style James Joyce summer schools in Italy and Ireland, alongside graduate students, PhDs, and esteemed professors from around the world. I consider it to be my crash course in Joycean theory, and I was able to get instruction and advice from some of the top scholars in this field. Since then I have been given the opportunity to research at the Zurich Joyce Foundation, the largest James Joyce archive in the world.

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

This project has made me realize that I would like to attend graduate school in literature. The projected course for this endeavor typically involves becoming a professor along with ample research opportunities, which I think would be very interesting. In a way, my study of Joyce has altered my entire life plan.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

Find something you are passionate about and deeply interested in, and then just go for it. UROP is a very unique program, and students should take advantage of its resources while they can.

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