Congratulations to Hunter Resler, 2015 recipient of the Roy Arthur Swanson Merit Scholarship in Comparative Literature!


Hunter Resler is currently a senior pursuing majors in Comparative Literature and Philosophy and a minor in French. He was initially drawn to the Comparative Literature program because of his love for reading literature from around the world and how the program takes an interdisciplinary stance that allows for the integration of his philosophical studies along with other strong interests of his, including music, film, the visual arts, and anthropology. Comparative Literature is also an appealing program for him because of the possible overlap in his language studies, providing the opportunity to take courses on literature in French that count towards both degrees. Hunter’s favorite literary writers are composed a wide range of selections: novelists include Victor Hugo, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Roberto Bolaño, William Faulkner, Herman Melville, Thomas Pynchon, and Cormac McCarthy. He also enjoys shorter works from Jorge Luis Borges, Fernando Pessoa, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Georges Bataille. His favorite film-makers include Andrei Tarkovsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Stan Brakhage.

After graduating from UWM, Hunter plans on teaching English overseas and doing a considerable amount of traveling for a couple of years before returning to the United States to look for a career or go to grad school, potentially Law. His studies in Comparative Literature are providing him with a worldly knowledge necessary for these foreign affairs, strong skills in critical analysis and argument building, and the opportunity to integrate his passions into one interdisciplinary field.