Maria Vendetti is completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation focuses on literary and cultural representations of torture that took place during the Algerian War of Independence, examining the possibilities of writing about limit experiences and trauma. This work takes into account theories of memory and transmission, as well as considering literature's role in the writing of history. Maria is especially interested in women writers of Algeria and hexagonal France, as well as contemporary poetry and theater. She completed a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, and taught English at the Université de Bourgogne and the Université de Paris IV before moving to California to pursue a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.