Teaching Assistant Professor of Romanian

lguran@email.unc.edu | Dey 214


Education

  • 1990 B.A in Romanian and English from the University of Bucharest, Romania.
  • 2001 M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.
  • 2005 Ph. D. in Comparative Literature, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga, USA.
  • 2008 M.A in English and African American Literature. University of Richmond, VA, USA

Bio

I am a passionate teacher who loves interacting with students and learning from them as much as she enjoys sharing her own understanding of world cultures and languages and of cultural phenomena such as literature, media, and the arts. My research has focused on Eastern European topics, communism and post-communism, and ethnic-American literature (mostly African-American). Over the years I was President of the Romanian Society Association of America (www.thersaa.org) and presented papers/organized panels at the MLA, ACLA, SAMLA, SCLA, etc. Here are some presentations I gave:

East Central Europe and Trans-Atlantic Studies:

  • “Taking Stock” Romanian Culture 1989-2019”. Organizer and co-chair. MLA Seattle, 2020.
  • “Three Decades of Free Speech in Post-Communist Romania: Directions, False Starts, Intercultural Dialogue.” MLA, Chicago, January 2019.
  • Speaking Truth to Power. Langston Hughes and Arthur Koestler Negotiating the Story of Soviet Accomplishments in Central Asia.” University of Bucharest, Romania, May 2018.
  • “Double Cultural Translation: Romanian American Paradigms of Transatlantic Dialogue.” Society for Romanian Studies Conference. Bucharest, June 2018.
  • “Romanian Transatlantic Exchanges: Memoirs, Digital Communication, and Media Manipulation.” Romance Studies Department Conference. UNC Chapel Hill, 2017.

Multi-ethnic and American Literature:

  • “Rediscovering the Revolutionary Langston Hughes: A Comparative Afro-PWW Digital Project.” College Language Association Convention. Durham, April 10-13, 2019.
  • “The Underground Railroad. When Neither History Nor Fiction Are Enough.” MELUS Conference, Cincinnati, OH, March 21-24, 2019.
  • “Insurgent Hughes: Negotiating Multiple Narratives Digitally.” MELUS, University of Las Vegas, NV, May 2018.
  • African American Chronotopes: Responses to Utopian Metaphor of “Safe Harbor.” MELUS, MIT Boston, 2017.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • “The Travelogue as Cross-Cultural Translation: Langston Hughes in Soviet Russia”. South Atlantic Review 83.1. Spring 2018, p. 42-70.
  • Insurgent Hughes: Negotiating Multiple Narratives Digitally.” MELUS, volume 42, issue 4.1, December, 2017, p. 136-163. https://academic.oup.com/melus/article/42/4/136/4643197.
  • “Suzan-Lori Parks: Rearticulating the Laws of Race and Gender in African American History.” South Atlantic Review.76.2 (Spring 2011):65-93.  Print. (Issue published in 2014.)
  • “Mapping East-Central European Literatures in the 21st century.” CLCWeb. Ed. Steven Totosy de Zepetnek. 8.1 (March 2006). < http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb/vol8/iss1/>. Web.
  • “The Aesthetic Dimension of American-Romanian Comparative Literary Studies.” The Comparatist. 27 (May 2003): 94-115. Print.
  • “Post-Colonial Shadows on Post-Socialist Skies.” Journal of Romanian Studies. December, 2017. http://thersaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LetitiaGuran-PostcolonialShadows.pdf

Book Chapters:

  • “Aesthetics: a Modus Vivendi in East Central Europe?” State of Ideas. Eds. Costica Bradatan and Serguei Oushakine. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010. 60-86. Print.
  • East-Central Europe: Becoming Relevant in the Transatlantic Cultural Market.” Transatlantic Dialogues: Eastern Europe, the U.S., and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces. Eds. Rodica Mihaila and Roxana Oltean. Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2009. 60-84. Print.
  • “American Comparative Literature and the Study of East-Central European Culture and Literature.” The New Central and East European Culture. Eds. Steven Totosy de Zepetnek, Carmen Andras, and Magdalena Marsovszky. Aachen: Shaker Verlag, 2006. 148-165. Print.
  • “Romanian Literature under Stalinism.” History of the Literary Cultures of East Central Europe, Eds. Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2004.115-124. Print.

Awards

  • Fulbright Grant:  Research fellowship; Catholic University of America (1997-1998).
  • Rutledge Prize: The Southern Comparative Literature Association for the essay “The Aesthetic Dimension of American-Romanian studies” published in The Comparatist (2003).
  • Dean’s Award for Research in the Arts and the Humanities: University of Georgia (2003).
  • Dissertation Completion Grant: University of Georgia (2004-2005).
  • New Course Development (Introduction to Digital Humanities): North Carolina A&T, Fall 2017.
  • Selected author with A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia by Langston Hughes. Digital Edition. Afro-Publishing Without Walls. A Mellon-funded digital publishing initiative 2018-2019. African American Department University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign http://www.afro.illinois.edu/AFRO_PWW-home.html
  • Excellence in teaching Award (finalist). North Carolina A&T State University, 2018.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: University of Georgia (the grant that acknowledges excellent performance in teaching and is offered each year to five teaching assistants at UGA; 2004).
  • Outstanding Teaching Award: University of Georgia and the Department of Comparative Literature (awarded to top 1% teaching assistants; 2002).

Courses Taught

Humanities, African-American Literature, ethnic-American Literature, Composition, Romanian Language