Dana Mihailescu

Dana Mihăilescu is Associate Professor of English/American Studies at the University of Bucharest. She earned her Ph.D. in Philology at the University of Bucharest in January 2010, with a dissertation entitled Ethical Dilemmas and Reconfigurations of Identity in Early Twentieth Century Eastern European Jewish American Narratives. She was a Fulbright Junior Visiting Researcher in 2008-2009 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Her main research interests include Jewish American Studies, Holocaust survivor testimonies, trauma and witnessing, ethics and memory.

On the one hand, she has examined how memory and the ethics of remembrance function for the immigrant generations of Eastern European Jews coming to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century, as reflected in narratives of authors born in the Pale of Settlement (e.g. Mary Antin, Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska) or Romania (Konrad Bercovici, M.E. Ravage, Maurice Samuel). On the other hand, she is interested in how memory works for Holocaust child-survivors and for the 2nd and 3rd (plus) generations, and how its complex paths influence fiction writing and history-making. Her most recent projects are a co-organized visual exhibition, Family Line-Ups. Trans-generational Encounters in Family Photography and a co-edited volume on Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

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Last updated at: January 16, 2018.