GW English Alums On the Move: Ania Soltan and Rajiv Menon

Ireland’s Abbey Theatre
In her first week as an intern in the literary department of Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, Ania Soltan (who graduated from GW last year with an English major) has read and critiqued two plays submitted for possible performance at the Abbey; sat through the first read-through of a new comedy called Shush; attended a theater awards ceremony hosted by Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins; and worked on the Abbey’s archives (they date back to its 1899 founding by William Butler Yeats).  The internship is part of her Master’s program in drama at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Ania is the daughter of GW English Professor Margaret Soltan.

Another former GW English major, Rajiv Menon, BA ’10, is currently working on his PhD in English at New York University.  Focusing on popular forms of American cultural production, Rajiv’s research tracks representations of masculinity, identity and suicide in transnational popular culture—particularly film, contemporary fiction, advertising, and television–to locate the power relations that shape the making and unmaking of transnational masculinities.  Located within the field of transnational American Studies, his project illuminates what happens to masculine identities under globalization and militarism between the United States, South Asia, and the Middle East.  He has presented his research at conferences at King’s College, London, among others, and recently published a book review in the MLA-affiliated SALA journal South Asian Review. We look forward to seeing Rajiv’s research in print soon.

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