Dr. MARIA-SABINA DRAGA ALEXANDRU is Reader in contemporary American and British Studies. She has a PhD in philosophy on the aesthetics of Postmodernism from the University of Bucharest (2000) and a PhD in literature focusing on contemporary Indian fiction in English from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (2007). Her research interests include identity-related issues in postcolonial cultures, African American writing and post-communist Eastern Europe, with a special focus on performance theory, gender studies and diasporic US cultures.
She is a member of: the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Romanian Studies Association of America (RSAA), American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the Romanian Society for American Studies (ASAR), Asociación Española de Estudios Interdisciplinarios sobre India (AEEII).
She is a team member in three CNCSIS-funded projects: The Romanian Cultural Space in Transatlantic Perspective: From Postcommunism to Post-Accession (project director Prof. Rodica Mihăilă), Postcolonialism/ Postcommunism: A Dictionary of Key Cultural Concepts (project director Prof. Monica Bottez) and The European Dimension of Shakespearean Translations: Romanian Perspectives (project director Prof. Mădălina Nicolaescu).
- Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English,Amsterdam: Rodopi (forthcoming)
- Cultura românească în perspectivă transatlantică: Dialoguri româno-americane (Romanian Culture in Transatlantic Perspective: Romanian-American Dialogues), co-edited with Prof. Rodica Mihăilă, University ofBucharest Press, (forthcoming)
- Identity Performance in Contemporary Non-WASP American Fiction,Bucharest:University ofBucharest Press, 2008
- Women’s Voices in Post-Communist Eastern Europe, collective volume with international contributions, co-edited with Prof Madalina Nicolaescu (University of Bucharest) and Helen Smith (University of East Anglia): Volume I, Rewriting Histories, Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2005; Volume II, Bodies and Representations, Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2006
- Condiţia postmodernă: spre o estetică a identităţii culturale (The Postmodern Condition: Towards an Aesthetic of Cultural Identity), Bucureşti: Editura Universităţii Bucureşti, 2003.
- ‘Provincialising London in Vikram Chandra’s Novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain’, Les Carnets de Cerpac, Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée (forthcoming 2010)
- “When Subaltern Stories Look Colonial History in the Eye: Historical Revision in Dalrymple’s The Last Mughal”, proceedings of Transversalités, conference organised by the Centre de recherche Civilisations et Identités Culturelles Comparées des Sociétés européennes et occidentales, ed. Michel Naumann, 10 pp. (forthcoming 2009)
- ‘Shakespeare Goes Bollywood: Adaptation and Gender in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool and Omkara’, Translation: Betrayal or Creative Statement?, eds. Madalina Nicolaescu and Sorana Corneanu,Bucharest:University ofBucharest Press, 8 pp. (forthcoming 2009)
- ‘Digital Diasporic Communities: Towards a Romanian-American Internet Culture’, Transatlantic Dialogues, eds. Rodica Mihaila and Roxana Oltean,Bucharest:University ofBucharest Press, 7 pp. (forthcoming 2009)
- ‘Cartographies of Indian Modernity in Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet and The Enchantress of Florence’, Cartographies of Identity, ed. Mihaela Irimia and Dragos Ivana,Bucharest:University ofBucharest Press, 2009, pp. 392-403
- ‘Performative Symbols and Structures in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things’, Commonwealth Essays and Studies 31.2, 2009, pp. 62-77
- ‘Love as Reclamation in Toni Morrison’s African American Rhetoric’, European Journal of American Culture 27.3, 2008, pp. 191-205
- ‘Performance, Performativity and Nomadism in Vikram Chandra’s Red Earth and Pouring Rain’, Comparative Literature Studies 45.1, 2008, pp. 23-39
- ‘Alternatives to the Novel Form: Oral Storytelling and Internet Patterns in Vikram Chandra’s Red Earth and Pouring Rain’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature 43.3, 2008, pp. 45-60
- ‘Towards a Politics of the Small Things: Arundhati Roy and the Decentralisation of Authorship’, in Authorship in Context, eds Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and Polina Mackay,Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007, pp. 163-181
- ‘Changes and Challenges in Gender Stereotypes in Romanian TV Shows and Publicity in the Light of EU Accession’, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 6.1, Winter 2007, pp. 101-122
- ‘Inhabiting Alterity: The Americanness of Female Protagonists in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Narratives of Dislocation/Relocation’, University of Bucharest Review: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, vol. IX, Identity and Alterity: Geographies of the Mind, no. 1, 2007, pp. 87-93
- ‘Bodies and History in Ruxandra Cesereanu’s The Woman Crusader’, Euresis: Cahiers roumains d’études littéraires,Bucharest: Univers Publishing House, March 2007, pp. 183-194
- ‘Black Modernity and Toni Morrison’s Rhetoric of (Absent) Love’, University of Bucharest Review: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, vol. VIII Modernity: The Crisis of Value and Judgement, no. 4, 2006, pp. 137-142
- ‘Palimpsestic Bodies in Ruxandra Cesereanu’s Poetry’, Women’s Voices in Post-Communist Eastern Europe, edited by Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Madalina Nicolaescu and Helen Smith, Volume II, Bodies and Representations,Bucharest:University ofBucharest Press, 2006, pp. 35-56
- ‘“Emperors of the Realm of Taste”: Rasa Aesthetics in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things’, University of Bucharest Review: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, vol. VII, A Matter of Taste, no. 4, 2005, pp. 92-97
- ‘Virtual Reality on Infinite Bandwidth: Vikram Chandra in conversation with Maria-Sabina Alexandru, WashingtonDC, 4 September 2003’, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 40(2), 2005, pp. 5-22