Petra Dierkes-Thrun is a Lecturer in the Comparative Literature Department at Stanford University, co-editor (with Sharon Bickle) of  The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, and the author of Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression.


1.  to supply or brighten with light; light up.
2.  to make lucid or clear; throw light on (a subject).
3. to decorate with lights, as in celebration.
4. to enlighten, as with knowledge.
5. to make resplendent or illustrious: A smile illuminated her face.
1400–50; late Middle English  < Latin illūminātus  (past participle of illūmināre  to light up, brighten). See illumine, -ate1
2.  clarify, explain, elucidate.

“illuminate.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 Feb. 2012. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/illuminate>.

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