Tess Bissell

Comparative Literature, Class of 2017

I’m a member of the Class of 2017 from Pittsfield, Massachusetts majoring in Comparative Literature.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Certificate Student

Activities on campus:

Student Volunteers Council co-chair, Expressions Dance Company, Peer Academic Advisor

Why I decided to study the humanities:

I decided to study the humanities because I am fascinated by stories and how we tell them, and because I wanted to spend my four years at Princeton interacting with diverse and intellectually curious peers.

What I have gained from the humanities:

Studying the humanities has made me a more interesting thinker, a more skillful reader and writer, and a better person.

Independent work:

My senior thesis lies at the intersection of comparative literature and social justice: it examines the personal, political, and literary implications of higher education programs in prisons, and the structures and assumptions that inform what texts we choose to teach there. My junior independent work focused on postcolonial power dynamics in French and Algerian literature (fall), and the ethics of pseudotranslation (spring).