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Notes on Contributors


Charlotte BEYER is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. She has published a number of articles on Margaret Atwood and other contemporary women writers, and an article and a book chapter on Willa Cather’s journalism (Routledge, 2007). Her recent publications include a book chapter on “the boy detective” in The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others, edited by Michael Cornelius (McFarland, 2010), and an article on Sophie Hannah’s crime fiction in Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook (in press, 2011). Her forthcoming publications include several book chapters on crime fiction in edited collections.

Dr. Douglas COWIE teaches Creative Writing and American Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of a novel, Owen Noone and the Marauder, as well as of several short stories and essays.

Maria-Teodora CREANGĂ is Assistant Professor with the Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. She holds an MA in Translation Studies (2001) from Lucian Blaga University and a PhD in Philology (2010) from the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca. She teaches English Phonetics and Phonology, Functional Grammar, Discourse Analysis and English as a Foreign Language. She has also developed an interest in Semantics, Pragmatics and more recently in Contrastive Linguistics and linguistics-based translation theories.

Dr. Maria-Sabina DRAGA ALEXANDRU is
Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her main research and teaching interests are contemporary literatures in English, postcolonialism, Ethnic and African American literatures and women’s literature. She holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Bucharest (2000) and a second one in postcolonial literatures in English from the University of East Anglia (2007). She has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2004-2009) and the book series “Discursos de la postmodernidad” (Sevilla: Arcibel Publishing House) (since 2011). She has published articles in Romanian and international journals and books, among which: Women’s Voices in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (co-edited with Mădălina Nicolaescu and Helen Smith, Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2005 and 2006); Identity Performance in Contemporary Non-WASP American Fiction (Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2008); Cultura românească în perspectivă transatlantică: Interviuri (co-edited with Teodora Şerban-Oprescu, Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2009); Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English (Amsterdam: Rodopi, forthcoming). She has been part of several CNCSIS-funded team research projects at the University of Bucharest and has recently won a grant for a project entitled Women’s Narratives of Transnational Relocation.


Gabriel C. GHERASIM has taught in the American Studies programme of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca since 2009. Gherasim holds a PhD in philosophy, his main interests being in analytic philosophy, the philosophy of pragmatism, aesthetics, and political philosophy. The courses and seminars that he teaches include: The History of American Political Ideas, the American Political System, Contemporary American Art, American Political Discourse, and The Aesthetics of Jazz. He is currently working on a monograph of the analytics and pragmatics of American political doctrines. He is a member of the Romanian Association for American Studies, RAAS.

Sélima LEJRI is Assistant Lecturer in English and American Literature and Literary History at the University of Humanities and Social Science in Tunis. She graduated from the University of Tunis, obtained a Masters Degree (1998) and a PhD (2005) in Renaissance Drama, at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her research interests include Greek, Renaissance, Modern and Post-Modern Drama, New Historicism and Anthropology. Her more recent publications include: “‘Play and Lose’: The Same as the Worst in Endgame,” Coup de Théâtre, “Autour de Fin de Partie/ Endgame, l’oeuvre de Samuel Beckett”; and “‘Are You a Man’: Gender Roles in Macbeth,” in Représentations et identités sexuelles dans le théâtre de Shakespeare. Mises en scène du genre, écritures de l’histoire. Ed. Delphine Lemonnier-Texier (Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010).

Adriana NEAGU is Associate Professor of Anglo-American Studies at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She is the author of Sublimating the Postmodern Discourse: toward a Post-Postmodern Fiction in the Writings of Paul Auster and Peter Ackroyd (2001), In the Future Perfect: the Rise and Fall of Postmodernism (2001), and of numerous critical and cultural theory articles. Dr Neagu has been the recipient of several pre- and postdoctoral research awards. Previous academic affiliations include an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and visiting positions at Oxford University, University of Bergen, University of East Anglia, and University of London. Her teaching areas are diverse, combining literary and cultural studies disciplines. Her main specialism is in the poetics of modernist and postmodernist discourse, postcolonial theory and the literatures of identity, and translation theory and practice. At present her research centres on new paradigms of cultural identity in the UK. Since 1999, Dr Neagu has been Advisory Editor and, since 2004, Editor-in-Chief of American, British and Canadian Studies, the journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania.

 Ana-Karina SCHNEIDER is Associate Professor at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, holding a PhD in critical theory and Faulkner studies from Lucian Blaga University, as well as a Diploma in American Studies from Smith College, USA. Her teaching expertise covers mainly English literature from the seventeenth century to the present, alongside literary criticism. She has published a book entitled Critical Perspectives in the Late Twentieth Century. William Faulkner: A Case Study, and a textbook on the history of Anglo-American literary criticism (Lucian Blaga UP, 2006), as well as an assortment of articles on William Faulkner’s novelistic achievement and its critical reception, English prose fiction, literary translation, stereotypes and reading practices, and English Studies in the Romanian higher education. Dr Schneider has been Manuscript and Review Editor of American, British and Canadian Studies since its inception in 1999, Review Editor of East/West Cultural Passage, reviewer for College Literature, Treasurer of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania, and Director of her Department’s book club, The Chocolate House.

Wasfi SHOQAIRAT was awarded his English Literature PhD in the United Kingdom in 2006 for a thesis which researched representations of Arabia and North Africa in twentieth-century English novels and prose. He teaches English Literature at Al-Hussein bin Talal University in Jordan. His research interests include the modern novel, the postcolonial studies, and the cultural theory. His publications include “Anglo-American Identity and Romanticizing Arabia: Wilfred Thesiger’s Arabian Sands and Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky (2010), and “Between Orientalism and Post-modernism: Robert Irwin’s Fantastic Representations in The Arabian Nightmare (forthcoming 2011). In addition to these he is writing on a wide range of subjects related to Victorian Literature including dialogic exchanges and chronotopes in Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the D’Urbervilles (forthcoming 2011).

David SIMMONS has written and published material on a wide range of issues related to twentieth century popular literature and culture. His books include The Anti-Hero in the American Novel (2006) and New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut (2008). He is currently co-editing an upcoming collection on twentieth-century canonical novels for Rodopi.

Andreea TEODORESCU is Teaching Assistant in the Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. She works in the field of Translation Studies, Semantics and Pragmatics, and is currently working towards her PhD in Translation Studies.  Her chief didactic interest is in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting, and she plans to contribute to the development of an MA programme in Interpreting at Sibiu, which will effectively train language professionals to meet the demands of a growing interpreting market.

 Matthew TURNER is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he got Bachelor’s degrees in both English and Communication. He received his Master’s degree in Telecommunications and his Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Arts both from Ohio University. Dr Turner is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. His dissertation developed a semiotic theory of comedy in the arts, portions of which have been presented at various national and international conferences. Dr Turner is an interdisciplinary scholar with a declared research interest in the relationships between and among disciplines and the arts, with a particular focus on film, theater, literature, semiotics, and aesthetics. He has published articles on comedy Westerns and the Marx Brothers. His research interests include film, television, digital communication, pop culture, theatre, visual arts, and philosophy, specifically as seen through the lens of comedy.
E-mail: mrturner@RADFORD.EDU

Oana-Alis ZAHARIA, PhD, is Lecturer in English at the University of Bucharest and at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University. She teaches a BA course on Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture. Her subjects of predilection are Shakespeare and Early Modern literature and culture, Shakespeare translation, early modern political thought. She has published several articles in the above mentioned areas. She is a member of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) and the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA). She is also a member of the CNCSIS-funded research project, The European Dimension of Shakespearean Translations: Romanian Perspectives (project director: Prof. Mădălina Nicolaescu), University of Bucharest.

 Ali Shehzad ZAIDI is Associate Professor of Humanities at the State University of New York at Canton where he teaches courses in literature, civilization, and Spanish language. He holds a doctorate and a master’s in comparative literature from the University of Rochester, a master’s in Spanish literature from Queens College (City University of New York), and another in English literature from the University of Peshawar (Pakistan). Zaidi is currently working on a book on the plays of Shakespeare and Calderón. His essays on the fantastic fiction of Mircea Eliade have appeared in various academic journals, including Neohelicon, Balkanistica, Science Fiction, Interlitteraria, Archaevs, and International Journal on Humanistic Ideology.



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