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Charles I. ARMSTRONG is Professor of British Literature at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is the author of Romantic Organicism: From Idealist Origins to Ambivalent Afterlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and co-editor of Postcolonial Dislocations: Travel, History and the Ironies of Narrative (Novus, 2006). In addition to being a regular book reviewer in various journals and Norwegian newspapers, he has also published articles on authors such as Derrida, de Man, Nancy, Spivak, Kant, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Hopkins, Tennyson, Yeats, Woolf, Beckett, Heaney, and Muldoon, as well as the Norwegian authors Obstfelder, Einan, and Jansson. A board member of the Nordic Irish Studies Network and the Norwegian Study Centre in York, he has been a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and the Irish Studies Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 2005, he was among the lecturers at the W. B. Yeats International Summer School. His main research interests are in modern literary theory, Irish Studies, and British poetry from Wordsworth to the present, and his most recent projects have addressed the connection between poetry and memory and the question of identity in the writings of W. B. Yeats.


Dumitra BARON is Lecturer at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. She earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature in December 2006 when she defended her doctoral thesis on The Anglo-American Intertextual Materials in Emil Cioran’s Work, at the University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis. She has pursued post-graduate studies (October 2003-March 2004) and trainee research at the Research Center CTEL of the University of Nice. Her research has been conducted at Jacques Doucet Library (collection of Cioran's manuscripts) in Paris and at the Documentary Center Marguerite Yourcenar in Clermont-Ferrand (March 2004). She has been guest lecturer at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Human Sciences of the University of Nice, Department of Modern Languages (teaching a course in comparative literature on “Writing the Decomposition: Cioran, Beckett, Fitzgerald”) (October 2005-January 2006) and has participated in national and international conferences with papers on Cioran, Beckett and Yourcenar, publishing numerous articles and studies on Cioran in various national and international reviews. Her research interests include: French literature of the 20th century, French-writing authors (Cioran, Beckett, Ionesco), intertextuality and intermediality, French civilization and mentalities.


Peter BARRY is Professor of English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is reviews and poetry editor for English (the journal of the English Association), an Advisory Member of the Association’s Executive Committee, and a Fellow of the English Association. He is series co-editor for the ‘Beginnings’ series of Manchester University Press, and author of Beginning Theory (Manchester University Press, 1st edition 1995, 2nd edition 2002), which has a current sale of over 100,000, plus Korean and Hebrew translations and a South Asian edition. His other books include Contemporary British Poetry and the City (Manchester University Press, 2000), English in Practice (Edward Arnold/ Oxford University Press, New York, 2003), Poetry Wars: British Poetry of the 1970s and the Battle of Earls Court (Salt, Cambridge, 2006), with a Foreword by Andrew Motion, and Literature in Contexts (Manchester University Press, 2007). As of 2005, Peter Barry is a subject specialist and consultant for ABC journal.


Caroline BENNETT is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK where she teaches on a wide range of courses. Her PhD, The Politics and Poetics of Latin American Magical Realism, was awarded by Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She is currently working with Sebastian Groes, editing a collection of critical essays on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels, and is contributing a chapter on representations of childhood in Ishiguro’s early works.


Joanne BISHTON holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Derby, an MRes from the University of Nottingham (2008), and is currently embarking on a PhD at the University of Derby. Her research area is the dissident lesbian voice of the twentieth/ twenty-first century.


Robert CARVER was born in the UK and brought up in Cyprus, Turkey and India. Educated at the Scuola Medici, Florence, and Durham University, where he read Oriental Studies and Politics, he taught English in a maximum security gaol in Australia and worked as a BBC World Service reporter and arts broadcaster in Eastern Europe and the Levant. Four of his plays have been broadcast by the BBC. He has written for the Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Telegraph, TLS, New Statesman, and other major London papers for the last fifteen years. He is the author of The Accursed Mountains: Journey in Albania (Flamingo 1999) and Paradise with Serpents: Travels in the Lost World of Paraguay (HarperCollins 2007) as well as a book of poetry. He also edited a book of essays. The Accursed Mountains: Journey in Albania was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Award in 1999.


Ana-Blanca CIOCOI-POP has been a teaching assistant with the Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, since 2005, running seminars in 19th- and 20th-century British and American Literature, the Beginnings of American Literature, Victorian Poetry and International Relations and Institutions, as well as practical courses in Text Interpretation and English as a Foreign Language courses with students of Drama and Acting. Her area of interest consequently ranges from 19th century, modern and postmodern British and American Literature, to Comparative and Global Politics. Ms. Ciocoi-Pop has been a Ph.D. candidate of LBUS since October 2005, her area of research and investigation being “Constructive Scepticism as Evinced in the Works of Franz Kafka, William Golding and Jeffrey Eugenides,” and she has published extensively in this field. Ms. Ciocoi-Pop is also the author of three volumes published at LBUS Press: Zwischen Weltschmerz und Lebensbejahung: Elemente der judischen Mentalitat in Franz Kafkas Kurzprosa (2005), Identity as Obsession and the Legacy of the Past in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Major Novels (2005), and Notes on 19th Century American Literature (2007), and is currently at work on a volume of lecture notes on Victorian Poetry.


Dorin COMŞA is Lecturer in the French Department at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. His teaching expertise includes: the francophone culture, with a special course and seminar in the French Canadian literature, narration theories applied to French and Canadian contemporary novels, French modern civilization, and debate workshops focusing on contemporary social and political events linked to France and the francophone countries. His research is centred primarily on narratology (specifically on subjects such as self-writing, autobiography and auto-fiction), francophone literatures and cultural studies.


Maria-Teodora CREANGĂ is Teaching Assistant in the Department of British and American Studies at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. She holds an MA in Translation Studies (2001) and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in philology at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca. She has been teaching E.F.L. to various target groups as well as seminars in English Phonetics and Phonology, and Sociolinguistics. She has also developed an interest in Semantics, Pragmatics and more recently in Contrastive Linguistics and linguistic-based translation theories.


Silvia FLOREA is Associate Professor of Linguistics and American Literature in the Department of British and American Studies, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. She earned her Ph.D. from L.B.U.S. with a thesis on the Poetics of Ezra Pound. Her teaching areas are diverse, combining literary and linguistic-based disciplines. Her main expertise is in Sociolinguistic and the Pragmatics of Communication, Contrastive Linguistics, Rhetoric and Communication Strategies, Translation Studies and of late, Cultural Anthropology and Higher Education issues. She is the author of two books: Ways with Words (2001) and Ezra Pound: His Poetic Universe of Ezra Pound and Its Reception in Romanian Literature (2003) and multiple studies, as well as a regular book reviewer for the international UNESCO-CEPES publication Higher Education in Europe. She has published extensively in Romanian scholarly journals and participated in numerous national and international conferences in Romania and abroad. She was the recipient of a Governmental Research Scholarship at the University of Helsinki, Finland (1996) and a Senior Post-Doctoral Fulbright Research Grant (2008) at Temple University, Pennsylvania, U.S., where she is currently conducting research on education.


Eric GILDER is University Professor and Fellow of the C. Peter Magrath Centre at Lucian Blaga University (Sibiu, Romania), holding a Ph.D. in Communication (rhetorical emphasis) from The Ohio State University (USA). Before coming to the University of Sibiu in 2000, he served as a Visiting Lecturer with the Civic Education Project in Romania (1992-1994), as an Associate Professor in the Faculties of Sociology and Foreign Languages at the University of Bucharest (1994-2000), and as a Visiting Lecturer (and then Professor) at Kyonggi University in South Korea (1998-2000). In link with his academic appointment, Dr. Gilder currently is an Appointed Missionary of the Episcopal Church of the USA serving in the Anglican Diocese in Europe. In these capacities, he is also a periodic Visiting Professor to Cuttington University (Liberia, West Africa) and as Book Reviews Editor of the international UNESCO-CEPES publication, Higher Education in Europe. Author of three books and multiple studies, he has published extensively in Romanian, American and international journals and books on topics of communication (rhetoric, mass media and theory), cultural studies, and international higher educational policy and practice. He is a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (UK), The World Association of Christian Communication (Canada) and the World Futures Studies Federation (USA).


Asbjørn GRØNSTAD is Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. His latest publications are Transfigurations: Violence, Death and Masculinity in American Cinema (Amsterdam University Press 2008) and Coverscaping: The Art of the Album Cover, co-edited with Øyvind Vågnes (forthcoming from Museum Tusculanum Press 2008).


Suman GUPTA teaches contemporary literature and cultural history at the Open University, London. He has held appointments at Nottingham University and the University of Surrey Roehampton before joining the Open University in 2000. He was the production course team chair for A300: Twentieth Century Literature: Contexts and Debates, and is currently involved in the production of A816, the New Literature MA, and the Level 3 course on Children’s Literature based in Education and Language Studies. As Principal Coordinator of the Globalization, Identity Politics and Social Conflict (GIPSC) Project, he arranges and oversees collaborations with institutions and colleagues in a range of countries: India, Nigeria, China, Morocco, Iran, USA, Bulgaria, and Romania. He is also Joint Director of the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies of the Open University Arts Faculty, and is coordinating collaborative research projects in Nigeria and India.


Jim HICKS is Director of the American Studies Diploma Program at Smith College, and a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also U.S. Project Director of the Educational Partnership Program between Smith College and the University of Sarajevo. He regularly teaches courses on literary theory, war stories, and transnational readings of US culture. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1999-2000, he was a Fulbright professor in the English Department at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2005, Hicks participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “Rethinking America in Global Perspective” at the Library of Congress. He has published work in The Centennial Review, The Minnesota Review, Postmodern Culture, Twentieth-Century Literature, as well as scholarly journals in Italy, Estonia and Turkey. His current research project is entitled “Lessons from Sarajevo: The Use and Abuse of Compassion in Telling the Story of War.”


David Brian HOWARD is Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Division of Historical and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the history and politics of Modernism in the United States and Canada after World War II, and, most recently, has published the article “From the Missile Gap to the Culture Gap: Modernism in the Fallout from Sputnik,” in Michael Ryan (ed.) Cultural Studies: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2008.


Alexandru Dragoş IVANA teaches Enlightenment and Victorian literature and translation studies in the English Department of the University of Bucharest. His main research interests include cultural and literary theory, comparative literature, the history of ideas, translation theory and practice. He is now completing his Ph.D. dissertation on Quixotism as political discourse and moral reform in the eighteenth-century English novel. Dragoş Ivana has published extensively in reputed Romanian cultural magazines and participated in numerous conferences in Romania and abroad. He is a founding member of the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity within the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Bucharest and editor of two recent volumes published by the University of Bucharest Press: Intra- and Intercultural Models and Metamorphoses (2006) and Trasee Conceptuale (2008). In January 2006 he obtained a Training Certificate issued by the Directorate General for Interpretation with the European Commission.


Jaroslav KUŠNÍR is Associate Professor at the University of Prešov, Slovakia, where he teaches such courses as American and British literature, Australian short story, literary theory and criticism. His research includes American postmodern and contemporary fiction, Australian postmodern fiction, and the critical reception of American, British and Australian literature in Slovakia. He is the author of Poetika americkej postmodernej prózy (Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme) [Poetics of American Postmodern Fiction: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme] (Prešov, Slovakia: Impreso, 2001); American Fiction: Modernism-Postmodernism, Popular Culture, and Metafiction (Stuttgart, Germany: Ibidem, 2005); and Australian Literature in Contexts (Banská Bystrica, Slovakia: Trian, 2003).


Adrian MATHEWS was born in London in 1957 and is a graduate and former bye-fellow of Cambridge University. He has lived in Paris and Touraine (central France) for many years. He has published many short stories and poems and is a former winner of the British National Poetry Competition. He is the author of a work of literary criticism, Romantics and Victorians (1994), and three novels, The Hat of Victor Noir (1996), Vienna Blood (1999, winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award), and The Apothecary’s House (2005, shortlisted for the Ian Fleming “Best Thriller of the Year” award). His novels have been translated into many languages. He currently works part-time for the French Prime Minister’s office as a teacher and translator, conducts a weekly literature course, looks after his eleven-year-old daughter and writes the rest of the time. He has just completed a new novel, Trinity Says, a contemporary tale set in upstate New York.


Clementina MIHĂILESCU is Lecturer in the Department of British, American and Canadian Studies, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. She received her Ph.D. from LBUS with a dissertation on the novels of Iris Murdoch as seen from a socio-psychological perspective. Her specialism is in stylistics and literature. She has published significantly and presented research and academic papers at numerous international conferences in Romania.


Anca MUREŞANU graduated in 2001 from Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, the Faculty of Letters, History and Arts with a major in English and Romanian. Between 2001 and 2003 she completed an MA in Translation Studies. In 2003 she embarked upon an academic career with the Department of British and American Studies (Faculty of Letters, History and Arts) as a Teaching Assistant. Her main teaching domains are English for Specific Purposes and ESP Writing. She also teaches practical courses in translation. So far her research activity in the humanities has materialized in the form of several articles on “The Stylistics of the Parts of Speech in Ion Creanga’s Memories of Childhood” and stylistic analyses of Faulkner texts in Romanian translation, published in American, British and Canadian Studies and East-West Cultural Passage.


Adriana NEAGU is Associate Professor of Anglo-American Studies at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, The Department of Applied Modern Languages. 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, the University of Bergen, Tuebingen University, the University of London, and a Leverhulme Research fellowship at the University of East Anglia. Her teaching areas are diverse, combining literary and cultural studies disciplines. Her main specialism is in comparative cultural studies and translation theory and practice. At present her research centres on the nation-translation nexus and the new paradigms of cultural identity in the U.K. 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.


Rebecca NESVET is a playwright and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire, and Literary Manager at Origin Theatre Company, which produces contemporary European plays Off-Broadway in New York. Recent stagings of her plays include The Shape Shifter (Thorny Theater, Palm Springs, 2007), The Girl in the Iron Mask (Babes With Blades, Chicago, 2007, The Georgetown Theatre Co., 2008) and readings at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Romania), Hampstead Theater (London), Public Theater (New York), and Kennedy Center (Washington DC). Dramatic writing awards include First Place in the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Playworks, First Place in the Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition. She earned her MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University, where she won a Sloan Writing Grant and the Department Chair’s Award.


Dr. T. RAVICHANDRAN is presently Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He won the Gold Medal Prize for his Ph.D. work on Fluidity of Identity in John Barth and Thomas Pynchon. He has been presenting a number of papers in seminars and conferences. Notable among his presentations are the recent ones in Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA, and Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. So far, he has published some forty research articles in national/ international journals and book chapters on Postmodern American Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Indian Writing in English, English Language Teaching, Communication Skills, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Ecocriticism, and Cybercriticism. He has recently published a book on Postmodern Identity.


Ana-Karina SCHNEIDER is Senior Lecturer at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, holding a Ph.D. in critical theory and American literature from Lucian Blaga University (2005), as well as a Diploma in American Studies from Smith College, MA, USA (2004). Her teaching expertise covers primarily English literature from the seventeenth century to modernism, alongside literary criticism. She has published a book entitled Critical Perspectives in the Late Twentieth Century. William Faulkner: A Case Study, and a volume of lecture notes 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 the author’s critical reception in Romania. Her published work also includes articles English novelists of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also on stereotypes, translation and reading practices in the wake of the globalisation. Dr Schneider has been Manuscript and Review Editor of American, British and Canadian Studies since its inception in 1999, Treasurer of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania since 2005, Director of the Department’s Reading Group since 2002, and a contributor to the online Literary Encyclopedia ( since 2007.


Stuart SILLARS, MA, PhD, FRSA is Professor of English at the University of Bergen, and was previously a member of the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. He is a Visiting Scholar of Wolfson College, Cambridge, has been a Visiting Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., the University of Washington, the University of Zagreb and the University of New Delhi, and has lectured widely at Universities in Europe and the United States. His main publications are Art and Survival in First World War Britain. London: Macmillan and New York, St. Martin’s, 1987; British Romantic Art and the Second World War. London: Macmillan and New York: St Martin’s, 1992; Visualisation in English Popular Fiction. London and New York: Routledge, 1995; Structure and Dissolution in English Writing, 1910-1920. London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s, 1999; and Painting Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic, 1720-1820. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. He has contributed articles and reviews on interdisciplinary subjects to journals including Victorian Poetry, Critical Quarterly, The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Archiv, and Performance Research and several volumes of essays devoted to art and literature. He is currently writing The Illustrated Shakespeare, 1709-1875 for Cambridge University Press, and recently received a major research grant from the Norwegian Research Institute for a collaborative research programme with Makerere University, Uganda on folklore and drama. As of 2005, Professor Sillars is a subject specialist and consultant for ABC journal.


David SIMMONS received his PhD in American literature from the University of Central England in Birmingham in 2006, and currently lectures in American Literary and Cultural Studies at both Birmingham and Northampton Universities. He has written on a wide range of issues relating to popular twentieth century American Literature including the Anglophile tendencies of H.P. Lovecraft (Symbiosis, 2007); 1960’s fictional reconfigurations of the cowboy figure (Paperback Westerns: A Collection of Critical Essays, 2008); and the novels of Chuck Palahniuk (Chuck Palahniuk: Beyond Fight Club, 2008). David has a forthcoming book entitled The Anti-Hero in the American Novel: From Joseph Heller to Kurt Vonnegut for publication by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008.


Randall STEVENSON is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature and Head of the English Literature Department of the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of The British Novel since the Thirties (1986); Modernist Fiction (1992; revd. edn, 1998); A Reader's Guide to the Twentieth Century Novel in Britain (1993); and the Oxford English Literary History, vol.12, 1960-2000: The Last of England? (2004), as well as many articles and book chapters on modernist and postmodernist fiction. He edited The Scottish Novel since the Seventies (1992) and Scottish Theatre since the Seventies (1996), both with Gavin Wallace; Twentieth-Century Scottish Drama: an Anthology (2001), with Cairns Craig; and The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English (2006), with Brian McHale. He is general editor of the forthcoming Edinburgh History of Twentieth-Century Literature in Britain series, and is currently working on a book for OUP on time and narrative.


Vivienne VERMES is an English writer, actress and broadcaster of Irish and Hungarian roots, living in Paris. She has taught creative writing workshops and performed her work throughout Europe at major international festivals, and in many other venues. She has published three collections of poetry: Sand Woman (Rebus, 2000), Metamorphoses (L’Harmattan, 2003) and Passages (L’Harmattan, 2005) in bilingual English-French editions with co-author Anne Mounic. In 1997, she was winner of the Piccadilly Poets’ award. Her published work includes ten non-fiction volumes and numerous short stories


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