Mihaela Irimia

Professor of British Literature and Culture with The English Department of the Faculty of Foreign 
Languages and Literatures

Director of Studies, British Cultural Studies Centre

Director, Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity (University of Bucharest, Romania) & Literary-Cultural Studies Doctoral School (University of Bucharest, Romania)

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 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 Gdansk, Central European University (CEU) Budapest, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE) Budapest, 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, Bogazici Universitesi Istanbul, Beykent Universitesi Istanbul.

Among her publications in the field the following constitute a representative selection: ‘The Ineffectual Angel of Political Hijacking: Shelley in Romanian Culture’, in Michael Rossington & Susanne Schmid (eds), The Reception of Shelley in Europe (2008); Lures and Ruses of Modernity / Leurres et ruses de la modernité (2007) (editor); Travel (of) Writing (2006) (coeditor); ‘The Byron Phenomenon in Romanian Culture’, in Richard Cardwell (ed.), The Reception of Byron in Europe (2004); Dictionarul universului britanic (A Dictionary of Britishness) (2002); The Stimulating Difference: Avatars of a Concept (1999, 2005); The Rise of Modern Evaluation (1999); Postmodern Revaluations (1999); An Anthology of English Literature: The Romantic Age (1989) (coeditor), An Anthology of English Literature: The Age of Sentiment and Sensibility (1987) (coeditor). She has authored some 200 articles and studies, translations of Romanian literature into English, as well as translations of British and American literature into Romanian.

Areas of Specialization:

Philology: English 18th-Century & Romantic Literature

               Literary-Cultural Theory

               Comparative Literature

Cultural Studies: British Cultural Studies

                        Cultural Identity

                        History of Ideas

                        Cultural History     

                        Memory Studies

Current Research Interests:

  • Cultural Identity & Comparative Studies

  • 18th-Century British Culture

  • Revisitations and Revisions of the Enlightenment Paradigm

  • Memory and/in Literature

  • The ‘Long Modernity’

Recent Publications:

  • ‘Are these the Alps which I see before me, or are they but some mountains of the mind?’, in Romantic Explorations, Selected Papers from the Kobleny Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism, (ed. Michael Meyer), Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011 (266 pp.), pp. 23-37.
  • ‘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, pp. 205-210.

  • Imitatio – Inventio: The Rise of ‘Literature’ from Early to Classic Modernity, International Interdisciplinary Conference, New Europe College, Bucharest, 13-14 November, 2009, (eds Mihaela Irimia & Dragoş Ivana), Bucureşti: Institutul Cultural Român, 2010, 423 pp.
  • ‘Classic Modernity and the Shakespeare Vulgata: A Case in Cultural Translation’, Madalina Nicolaescu & Sorana Corneanu (eds), (In)Hospitable Translations: Fidelities, Betrayals, Rewritings, Bucharest: Bucharest University Press, 2010, pp. 203-220.

  • ‘Traveling and the Grand Tour’, Carmen Andras (ed.), New Directions in Travel Writing and Travel Studies, Aachen; Shaker Verlag, 2010, pp. 17-27.
  • ‘From London into the Wide World and Back: Guineaing It in Eighteenth-Century England’, Leonor Santa Bárbara (ed.), Identitdade e cidadania: Da antiguidade aos nossos dias, Porto: Papira Editora, 2010, pp.219-232.




Address: Facultatea de Limbi si Literaturi Straine, St. Pitar Mos, 7-11, Sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel: 004021-318-1580 / ext. 114 (BCSC);
Fax: 004021-327-0774 (New Europe College)
MOB: 0040-742-096020
Email: irimia.mihaela@clicknet.ro; mirimia2003@yahoo.com
WWW: www.english-unib.ro



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Last updated at: June 18, 2011.