Yonina Hoffman

Yonina Hoffman

Yonina Hoffman

PhD in English Candidate


507 Denney Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • 20th century British and American literature
  • Narrative theory
  • Critical theory
  • Continental philosophy


  • MA, English, The Ohio State University, 2013
  • BA, English & Philosophy, West Virginia University, 2011


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Yonina Hoffman is a PhD candidate focusing on post-1945 American literature and writing a dissertation called “Narrative Voices in David Foster Wallace: Comic, Encyclopedic, and Sincere.” That project tracks the variation in narrative voice through three periods of Wallace's career, addressing theoretical issues regarding voice, exploring Wallace's changing purposes, and identifying Wallace’s influences for each of his novels. Yonina’s research interests include narrative theory, sound/rhythm, stylistics, aesthetics, and the experience of reading. Yonina writes mostly about David Foster Wallace and his ilk but also thinks a lot about 20c philosophy theory, from Benjamin to Heidegger, Lukacs to Luhmann, Derrida to Deleuze.

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