Welcome Incoming Comparative Literature Student, Anthony Otey

On August 15, 2014 by Grad Forum

Anthony Otey will be joining the graduate Comparative Literature (COLT) program at Dartmouth College this fall. He is a New York City native and alumnus of Beloit College, where he studied literature in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Otey has conducted research in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Brazil. He was also granted a Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistantship to Portugal.OteyPhoto_Forum-0815

Otey, a first generation college student, says that he felt drawn to the study of literature as it offered insight into his self and the greater human condition. He adds that his favorite literary characters taught him to face his fears and follow his heart. As an undergraduate, he was selected to participate in the McNair Scholars Program and successfully completed two intensive research summers in Beloit, Wisconsin and Paris, France. In his two theses, he examined ugliness and beauty in literature, and the effect of Parisian architecture on the psychical and somatic experiences of Parisians. Otey credits his experience as a McNair Scholar for the confidence he gained to pursue graduate studies.

When asked why he chose Dartmouth, Otey said that he had previously spoken with members of the COLT graduate Class of 2012. Consequently, he was convinced that it was the right place for him to gain the skills required to succeed in the future as a PhD candidate. In addition to pursuing doctoral studies in comparative literature, Otey’s long term plans include advocating for literacy and literature education.

At present, Otey is studying environmental literature with the Nordic Network for Environmental Interdisciplinary Studies and the University of Akureyri in northern Iceland. The research examines the significance of nature in the Icelandic sagas through an interdisciplinary lens of archaeology, sociology, history, literary analysis, and philosophy.

Outside the classroom, he enjoys being in nature, traveling, writing letters, and spending time with friends.

The Graduate Forum extends a warm welcome to Anthony Otey and wishes him all the best at Dartmouth.


by Meg Menon

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