Monica Spiridon Ph.D.

First name: 
Monica
Family name: 
Spiridon
Title postfix: 
Ph.D.
Country: 
Romania
Institution: 
University of Bucharest
Department: 
Faculty of Letters
Title: 
Professor
Short description: 

Research experience:- Partner in the Project: The Comparative History of East-Central European Literatures: Junctures and Disjunctures in the XIX-th and XX-th Centuries, based at the Univ. of Toronto and co-sponsored by the Univ. of Toronto and  NIAS Wassenaar- Member  of the Advisory Board of the international project: National Learning: Scholars and Cultural Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century, (2000- 2010), co-ordinated by The Huizinga Institute (Dutch National Research Institute for Cultural History).- Member of the Steering Committee and member of the Scientific Board of the European Project ACUME (Approaching Cultural Memory) Coordinator of the Subproject3: Spaces and Memory with Astradur Eisteinssson (University of Iceland) - Member of the Steering Committee of the project Nationality  Building and the Break up of  the Empire(Balkan Literatures in the Era of Nationalism) and coordinator of the sub-project: Representing the Ottoman Empire in National Literatures, Initiated by Bilgi University Istanbul and SEAL ( The  South-East European Academic League)-              Partner in the ACUME 2  European Project, Subproject 2: Cultural Representations of Science in the Medias.  

Professional experience-  Member, Editorial board of Multicomparative Theory, Definitions, Realities, Council on National Literatures World Report, St. John’ s Univ., New York, USA. Editor Anne Paolucci.- Liaison offcier, Literary Research / Recherches Littéraires, International Comparative Literature Association and University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.- Member, Editorial board of Synthesis, Bulletin du Comité Roumain de Littérature Comparée, Bucharest: Ed. Academiei.- Member, Editorial board of Interlitteraria, Publication of the ICLA and the Estonian Comparative Litterature Association, University of Tartu, Estonia- Member, Editorial board of Spectrum, Publication of the Macedonian Academy, Skopjie- Member, Editorial board of Revista de Jurnalism si Comunicare, Universitatea din Bucuresti- Member, editorial board of Scrisul Romanesc, Craiova 

Professional membership:1.The International Comparative Literature Association, ICLA / AILC, since 1984.- Member of the Executive Bureau ( 1997-2003)- Chair to the ICLA Research Committee on Eastern and South- Eastern Europe since 2000.2. The International Society for Phenomenology and Literature, since 19873. The Romanian Writers Union4. The  PEN CLUB, Romanian Chapter5. The International Association of Business Communicators, IABC6. The European Network for Comparative Studies /Le Réseau Européen d’Etudes Comparatives, ENCS/REEC, founder,  member in the Executive Bureau  

Awards:  The  National  Order  for Faithful Service,  Rank of High Officer (Ordinul National Serviciul Credincios, in rang de ofiter) awarded by the President of Romania , December 2000

Peer Review Activity:

1. Chair to the Literature Experts Panel of the European Science Foundation (Program ERIH)2. Member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the Romanian National Board for Assessing the Universities  (ARACIS) 
Languages: 
English, French
Teaching areas: 

Cultural Semiotics

20th century European Intellectual  Discourse

Popular Culture

Narratology

Research areas: 

Cultural Studies

Comparative Literature

Literary Theory

Scholarships:1.1981, British Council Scholarship, University of Cambridge, U.K.2.1984, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), postdoctoral research scholarship (Indiana University, Bloomington and University of California, Berkeley.)3. 1991, Research associate « haut niveau », L’ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (Le Laboratoire pour l’ étude des Langages Artistiques.)4.1992, Research Scholarship, Soros Foundation for an Open Society, (Paris, Collège International de Philosophie et l’ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)5. 1994, Fulbright Senior Research Associate, Department of Philosophy (Philosophy of Mind and Language), University of California, Berkeley  (Professor John R. Searle)6. 1995, Visiting Scholarship, Soros Foundation for an Open Society, (Université de Sorbonne IV; Collège International de Philosophie, Paris).7.1996, Research Associate, Northrop Frye Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto 8.1998, Visiting Scholarship, U.C. Berkeley: Department of Philosophy UCB and IABC’s(International Association of Business Communicators) International Conference, Univ. of New Orleans 9.1998-1999, Research Scholarship, New Europe College, Bucharest (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences) 10.1999, Research Scholarship, NIAS (The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies), Wassenaar, The Netherlands)11.1999, Research Scholarship, The Rockefeller Foundation: The Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, Italy 12. 2004, Visiting Fellow, St. John’s College, Oxford, U.K.
Conferences: 

Participation to numerous international conferences in Europe (France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Iceland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Sweden, Estonia),  U.S.A., Canada, South Africa.

Publications: 

I. Books:1. Sadoveanu. Divanul înteleptului cu lumea. (Sadoveanu. The Wise Man’s Argument with the World), Bucharest: Albatros Publishing House, 1982.2. Despre aparenta si realitatea literaturii. (On the Appearance and the Reality of Literature), Bucharest: Univers Publishing House, 19843. Melancolia descendentei. O Fenomenologie a memoriei generice în literatura. (Melancholy of Descent.  A Phenomenology of the Generic Memory in Literature), Bucharest: Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1989; 2nd. Edition, Iasi: Polirom Publishing House, 2000.)4. Omul supt vremi. Eseu despre Marin Preda romancierul. (The Man and the Terror of History: An Essay on Marin Preda the Novelist), Bucharest, Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, 1993 (Romanian Writer’s Union Prize)5. Eminescu: O anatomie an elocventei (Eminescu: An Anatomy of Eloquence), Bucharest: Minerva Publishing House, 1994 6.Apararea si ilustrarea criticii, (In Defense of Criticism), Bucharest: The Romanian Publishing House for Education, The Akademos Series, 1996.7. Interpretarea fara frontiere. (Interpretation Without Borders), Cluj: Echinox Publishing House, 1998 8. Stefan Banulescu. Monografie (Stefan Banulescu: A Monograph), Brasov; Editura Aula, 2000.9.  Principii de semiotica, ( An Introduction to Semiotics), Bucuresti: Casa de Editura si Presa Viata Romaneasca, 200010. Cultura: Modele, repere, perspective (Culture: Concepts, Models, Perspectives), Bucharest: Ararat Publishing House, 2002.11.  Eminescu. Proza jurnalistică  (The Press Discourse of Mihai Eminescu)  Bucuresti: Ed. Curtea Veche,   200312.Cultural Frameworks: Real and Made-up Patterns, Bucharest, Ararat Publishing House, 2004.13. Les dilemmes de l’identité aux confins d’Europe, Le cas roumain, Paris, La Maison d’édition “L’Harmattan” (coll. La philosophie en commun , dirigée par Jacques Poulain et Patrice Vermeren),  200414. « Cum poti sa fii roman ? »  Explorari pe teme identitare,( “How Can  One Be a Romanian ?”  The Feud of Identity) Craiova, Scrisul Romanesc, 2006 

II. Books in co-authorship:1. Monica Spiridon, Gh, Crăciun, Ion Bogdan Lefter, Experimentalismul literar postbelic. Studiu si antologie, Piteşti: Editura Paralela 45, 1998.2. Monica Spiridon, Gh, Crăciun, Ion-Bogdan Lefter, Experiment in Post-war Romanian Literature, Piteşti, Ed. Paralela 45,  Seria Mediana, 1999. 

III. Edited books1.Comunicarea şi schimbarea culturală, coordinated by Monica  Spiridon, Bucureşti, Editura Ars Docendi, 2001.2.(Multiple)Europe: Multiple Identity, Multiple Modernity / Europes (multiples): Identités multiples, modernités multiples, Monica  Spiridon editor, Bucharest, Ararat Publishing House, 2002. 

IV. Chapters in books1.Literary Criticism and the  Magnifying Glass of Sociology, in Proceedings of the International Comparative Literature Association Colloquium. Literature and Values, Sussex University, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1985: 53-60.2. New Creative  and Existential Dimensions of Hermeneutics  in Postmodernism, in Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (ed.), Man within his Life World, Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989:395- 415.3. Le strategie dell’elloquenza eminesciana, in Eminescu e il romanticismo europeo, a cura di Marin Mincu e Sauro Albisani,  Bulzone Editore,  Roma, 1990: 261-271.4. Le sacré et le profane dans l’univers imaginaire de Mircea Eliade, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Ernst Junger, in Spaces and Boundaries in Literature, II, Munchen: Iudicium, 1990: 436-442.5. Conceptul de Eminescu. Limbaj şi viziune poetică, in Portret de grup cu Ioana Em. Petrescu, Cluj: Ed. Dacia, 1991:86-91.6. A la recherche du sens perdu: Le thème du passage chez J.-M. G. Le Clézio et Mircea Eliade, in Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Marlies Kronegger (eds.), Harmony and excess, Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers,  1998; 359-366. 7. The Anxiety of Confluence, în vol. Cercetarea literară azi. Studii dedicate profesorului Paul Cornea , editate de L. Papadima şi Mircea Vasilescu, Iaşi: Ed. Polirom, 2000:124-135.8. Run-Away Identities:The Quest for the Other in European Travel Writings, in  The Paths of Multiculturalism. Travel Writings and Postcolonialism, Ed. by Maria-Alzira Seixo, John Noyes, Graca Abreu and Isabel Moutinho. Lisbon: Ediciones Cosmos, 2000:313-326.9.  Entre la herméneutique et la théorie de la lecture : La part du lecteur dans la mise en scène de la mémoire littéraire, in  Methods for the Study of Literature as Cultural Memory, ed. by Raymond Vervliet and Annemarie Estor, Amsterdam/Atlanta GA: Rodopi. 2000: 93-114.10. Orient et Occident: Un stéreotype de l’identité culturelle roumaine au XX-e siècle, in Eleni Politou-Marmarinou, Sophia Denissi (eds.), Identité et Alterité en Littérature, XVIIIe-XXe sičcles, vol.III: Processus historiques, théoriques et esthétiques, Athens: Ed. Domos, 2000: pp. 207-23511. De ce scrie Mihail Sebastian un jurnal, in Sebastian sub vremi, Ed. Geo Şerban, Bucureşti: Universal Dalsi, 1998:284-299.12.Mircea Cărtărescu; Mircea Horia Simionescu; Nichita Stănescu  in Dictionary of Literary Biography: 20th Century Eastern European Writers.3rd Series, Steven Serafin ed., Columbia S. C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman Inc., 2000, pp.53-59; 321-326; 352-357.13. Romanian Poetry and the Great Romantic Narrative about the Mission of  the  Poet, in Angela Esterhammer ed., Romantic Poetry, Amsterdanm,: John Benjamins Publishing Comp., 2002, pp. 255-267.14. L’herméneutique des catégories de l’Occident et de l’Orient dans la culture roumaine du xxe siècle, in New Europe College Yearbook 1998-1999, Bucuresti, NEC, 2001: 351-40615. Les guets-apens des géographies identitaires, in Monica  Spiridon Editor  (Multiple)Europe: Multiple Identity, Multiple Modernity /  Europes (multiples): Identités multiples, modernités multiples,   Bucharest, Ararat  Publishing House, 2002, pp.81-9516. Chronicle of a Death Foretold: Postmodernism, in The Finer Grain, Studies presented to Mihaly Szegedy-Maszac, Bloomington,  Indiana University Press, 2003, pp. 45-6217. Proiecţia identităţii în cultura romînă modernă,  in Indentitate românească şi integrare europeană. Probleme şi perspective, Bucureşti, Ed. Ars, Docendi, 2003, pp.  145-151 18.The Romantic Pamphlet: Thematic and Stylistic Impurity of a Double-Edged Genre, in  Steven P. Sondrup, V. Nemoianu  Editors, Expanding Borders: Studies in Romantic Non-Fictional Prose, din seria The Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages,  Amsterdam: John Benjamin Publisher, 2003, pp. 335-34919. Models of Literary and Cultural Identity on the Margins of (post)modernity: The Case of pre-1989 Romania,  in Marcel-Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer, editors, History of The Literary Cultures of East Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and the 2oth Centuries, Volume I, Temporal Nodes, Amsterdam: John Benjamin Publisher, 2004, pp. 65-71. 20.Palympsests of Memory, in  Edouardo Coutinho, Lisa Bloch de Behar Eds,, Elogio da lucidez: a comparação literária em âmbito universal. Textos em homenagem a Tania Franco Carvalhal. Porto Alegre: Evangraf, 2004, pp. 181-194. 21.”Literature is Dead: Long Live Literature!”. A Challenge to Literary Theory, in Dorothy Figueira, Editor, Cybernetic Ghosts: Literature in the Age of Theory, Albany, Published by the ICLA at Brigham Young University, Provo, 2004, pp.78-88 22.On the Border of Mighty Empires: Bucharest the City of Merging Paradigms în Marcel Cornis-Pope , John Neubauer, editors, History of The Literary Cultures of East Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and the 20th Centuries,  Volume II,  Topographical  Nodes, Amsterdam: John Benjamin Publisher: 2006, pp.93-115 23.Exile, Nostalgia and Recollection: How Many Parises Have The Romanians Had?  în Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer, Editors, History of The Literary Cultures of East Central Europe.  Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and the 2oth Centuries, Volume II, Topographical  Nodes, Amsterdam: John Benjamin Publisher: 2006, pp. 428-44324. The City of Texts,  Introduction to the Section  Literature and Cityscapes pp. 169-177 and Memories of a Postmetropolis, in the section Literature and Cityscapes, pp.197-207  in Sites of Exchange. European Crossroads and Faultlines, Edited by Maurizio Ascari and Adriana Corrado, Amsterdam and New York,  Rodopi, 2006 26. Commissioning a Golden Past: The Communist Invention of “ Thracia Felix” in Astradur Eissteinsseon Ed. The Cultural Reconstruction of Places, University of Rejkjavick Press,2007, pp. 199-209

V. Studies  in scholarly publications: More than 100 scholarly studies. Among the most recent ones: 1. “The Many Faces of Romanian Paris: Real City, Cultural Refuge, Imaginary Projection”, Synthesis, XXVII-XXVIII, Bucureşti, Ed. Academiei, 2000-2001, pp.185-193.2.”Istoriile literaturii române, un teren  cultural strategic”,  Limbă şi literatură, 1-4, 2001, pp. 36-45.98.” Bucarest-on-the Seine”, in Lingua  Romana, Brigham  Young  University, Provo,  Volume 1, issue 1, fal1 2002, 3. “Défense et illustration de la modernité romanesque », Synthesis, XXIX-XX, Bucuresti, Editura Academiei, 2003:137-1474.”The Great Code” and its Theoretical Legacy”, Interlitteraria, 8, 2003,  Tartu: Tartu University Press: 31-445. »Confins réels, confins revés », Caietele Echinox, nr.5, Geografii simbolice, Cluj: Dacia, 2003, pp.80-87 6. « Il gioco della vita e del libro. Cospirazione romanzesca e intreccio, dal romanticismo al postmoderno” in  S. Micali (ed./a cura di), Cospirazioni, trame, . Quaderni di Synapsis, Firenze: Le Monnie, 2003, pp. 67-797.”The Balkans are in the Eye of the Beholder”, in Clouds Magazine, New York,  nr.13,  2003,104. »România o identitate de inventat. (Identităţi naţionale şi topografii identitare) », Limbă şi literatură, XLVIII, 1-4, 2003, pp. 50-58 9. « Paris, terre d’asile »,   Neohelicon: Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum,  vol XXXI, nr.1 “Migratio et Litterae”,  Dordrecht,  Boston, London,: Kluwer Academic Publisheres,   2004, pp.61-67.10. « Les confins: fatalité ou provocation ? Un aperçu de l’identité roumaine », Cultures d’Europe Centrale, nr.4, Le mythe des confins, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Centre-Européennes (CIRCE), Université de Paris-Sorbonne ( Paris IV), 2004, pp.78-9011.” Les Balkans c’est les Autres”, Literary Research/ Recherche littéraire, London, University of  Western Ontario Press,  vol .39-40,  nr.1, 2004, pp.219-22712.”Life in a Work of Art: The Great Chain of Reading”, in  Literary Research/ Recherche littéraire, London, University of  Western Ontario Press, vol. 39-40, nr.1, 2004, pp.374-37913.”Les Balkans dans le mirroir de l’Europe », Neohelicon. Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum, vol. XXXI, nr. 2, Balcanica,  Dordrecht,  Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publisheres, 2004, pp.19-2714. « Le rideau de papier », Caietele Echinox, nr. 7, Literatura si totalitarism, Cluj, Univ.din Cluj. Centrul de cercetarea a imaginarului,  Ed. Dacia,  2004, pp.11-2315. “The Fortune of a Stereotype. The Happy Good Savage and the Pitiful Westerner,  Neohelicon. Acta Comparationis Literarum Universarum,  XXXI, 1, 2005: Stereotipiae Nationum, pp.95-104, Budapest Akademiai Kiado, Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers16. «  Entre le Paradis perdu et la Terre promise. Errances réelles, errance revées, errances mythiques »,  in  Les Nouveaux Cahiers Franco-Polonais, no.4, 2005, Les representations de la  Terre dans la litterature  et l’art europeens. Imaginaire et ideologie, Redaction Daniele Chauvin et  Danuta  Knysz-Tomaszewska,  Paris: Le Centre de Recherche en litterature Comparee, de L’universite de Paris, Sorbonne IV et le Centre de Civilisation polonaise et Universite Jagelone de Cracovie, pp.148-160.17. « Kronika  Napovedane Smrti :Postmodernizem »,  Primerjalna Knjizevost, Ljublijana, 1, 2005, pp.1-15 18. “In the Wake of Walter Benjamin”, Interlitteraria,10 (2006), Tartu University Press, pp.150-160 19. “History and Destiny: Faces of Memory and Oblivion”, Dedalus, Revista Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada, nr. 10 ( 2005), pp.361-36920. « Les identités frontalières: Les « parentes pauvres » ou les « riches héritières » de la tribu? » Philologica Jassyensia, An II, nr. 1, 2006, pp. 171-18121. Identity Discourses on Borders in Eastern Europe, Comparative  Literature,    University of Oregon, Eugene, December, 200622. ”The Fate of a Stereotype: Little Paris”, PMLA,   January 2007, Volume 122, Number 1, pages 170-175