Mihaela Irimia, Director of Studies


A specialist in British Studies, Prof. Mihaela Irimia teaches Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature and Culture, Cultural Theory, History of Ideas, and Cultural Studies at undergraduate, graduate, MA and Doctoral level. She is the Director of Studies of the British Cultural Studies Centre (BCSC), Director of the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity, as well as Director of the Doctoral School for Literary-Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Her professional affiliations comprise: the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), the Romanian Philological Association, the Romanian Association for English and American Studies (RAEAS), the Hellenic Association for the Study of English (HASE), the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS), the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS), the Romanian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the German Society for English Romanticism, the Romanian Comparative Literature Association. She has been Fulbright Professor at Harvard, fellow of St. John’s College Oxford, research fellow at Yale, Baylor, the Bodleian Library, the Taylor Institution Oxford, and is currently alumna of New Europe College.

She has been Visiting Professor or/and given invited papers at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Sheffield University, University of Wales Cardiff, Nottingham University, University of Ulster Coleraine, Trinity College Dublin, Harvard University, Yale University, Oslo Universitat,  Helsinki Universitet, Universität Heidelberg, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München, Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Universität Wien, Jagelonska Univerzita, Univerzita Gdańsk, Central European University (CEU) Budapest, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE) Budapest, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università Gabriele d’Annunzio Pescara, Università La Sapienza Roma, Università di Padova, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Universidad de Zaragoza, Universidade Clássica de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Université Paris XII, Université Marc Bloch Strasbourg, Université d’Orleans, Université de Franche-Comté Besançon, Aristotelis Panepistimiu Thessaloniki, Boğazici Universitesi Istanbul, Beykent Universitesi Istanbul.

She has attended prestigious international conferences in Dublin, Budapest, London, New York, Rostock, Brighton, Bristol, Miami, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Athens, New Orleans, Rome, Graz, Heidelberg, Duisburg, Cardiff, Erfurt, Pescara, Helsinki, Strasbourg, Los Angeles, Vienna, Oxford, Padua, Zaragoza, Cambridge, New Haven, Lisbon, Paris, Halle, Munich, Tubingen, Giessen. Her activity at ESSE events includes papers given in conference sessions, panels and seminars, session chairing and a subplenary keynote lecture.

Recent Publications

  • “From hand to hand, from country to country: What the Gold Coin Knew and What It Said”, in The Silent Life of Things: Reading and Representing Commodified Objecthood, eds Rogobete Daniela, Jonathan P.A. Sell, Alan Munton, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015
  • “Dante, ‘The Greatest Figure of World Literature’”, Dante in the Nineteenth Century (eds Ciugureanu, Adina & Stephen Prickett), in International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication, Vol. 4, issue 1, 2015
  • Literary Topoi, Vision and Techniques in Cultural Context, (ed.) Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2015
  • Literature and the Long Modernity (ed.) Amsterdam – New York: Rodopi, 2014
  • “Romanian Romanticism,” in Stephen Prickett (ed.), European Romanticism: A Reader, London – New Delhi – New York – Sydney: Bloomsbury 2014, © 2010
  • “No chimney half so foul appears, as doth the human heart”: (S)weeping the City Clean from Blake to Popular Culture’, in Jens Martin Gurr & Berit Michael (eds), Romantic City Scapes, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013
  • “The true idea of a literary journal is to give the history of the Republic of Letters”: The Empire of Truth and Reason and the New “Literary” (Re)public,’ in Representações da República eds Luís Manuel Bernardo, Leonor Santa Bárbara, Lisboa: Edições Húmus, 2013
  • “In England you have wealth… Here, we have the sun”: Lawrence and the Spirit of Place, in Lake Garda: Gateway to D.H. Lawrence’s Voyage to the Sun, ed. Nick Ceramella, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013
  • “The Classic Modern Canon and the Disciplinary Separation,” in Papadima, Liviu, David Damrosch and Theo D’haen (eds), The Canonical Debate Today: Crossing Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries, Amsterdam: Rodopi; /New York, NY: Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 149, 2011
  • “The Ineffectual Angel of Political Hijacking: Shelley in Romanian Culture,” in Michael Rossington & Susanne Schmid (eds), The Reception of Shelley in Europe, London & New York:Continuum International Publishing Group, 2008

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