Arleen Nerissa Ionescu 长聘教授
Arleen Ionescu (PhD, Habil. University of Bucharest) is Tenured Professor of English Literature and Critical Theory at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Doctoral Supervisor, Winner of Oriental Scholar Program (2019-2020). She left her former academic position in Romania to join SJTU in May 2018.
While in Romania she was awarded many national awards for her research and served in several national committees on research evaluation. She taught at University of Ploieşti from 1998 to 2018, where she was elected Vice-Dean of Research (2012-16) and Dean (2016-18) of the Faculty of Letters. Through Erasmus exchange schemes, she also taught for short periods at universities in France, Portugal, Malta and Slovenia.
She has authored 6 books and manuals, and (co-)edited 2 books. She has published nearly 100 essays on James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and related aspects of modernism, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, as well as on Holocaust Studies, including in major international journals such as James Joyce Quarterly, Memory Studies, Oxford Literary Review, parallax, Partial Answers, Joyce Studies Annual, SLOVO.
She is joint-editor-in-chief (with Laurent Milesi) of Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, included in ESCI and Scopus, for which she co-edited 6 issues (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020) with academics from Britain, China, France, Malta, and Romania.
At present, she is working on a book project on the Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WW2.
Main research areas:
Modernist and postmodernist fiction and drama, Critical Theory, Memory Studies and Holocaust Studies
Main courses taught:
‘Frontiers of Western Literature’ (postgraduate and PhD level), ‘20th Century English and American Fiction’ (postgraduate); ‘Introduction to English Literature’ (undergraduate)
Main research projects:
2020-2022: Double-First Class Research Project on ‘China’s Politics of Hospitality: The Shanghai Jewish Community during WW2’, SJTU.
2020-2022: Oriental Scholar (Shanghai Municipality).
2015-2020: COST Action CA 15137 ‘European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities’. Manager of project (MC) for Romania (until September 2018) and representative of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (after September 2018).
- The Memorial Ethics of Libeskind’s Berlin Jewish Museum (London: Palgrave Macmillan, Series Holocaust and Its Contexts, 2017), 305 pp. + xiii.
- Romanian Joyce: From Hostility to Hospitality (Frankfurt am Main and New York: Peter Lang, 2014), 267 pp.
Edited books and journal issues:
- (co-ed. with Maria Margaroni), Arts of Healing: Cultural Narratives of Trauma (London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2020), 281 pp.+ xxxviii.
- (co-ed. with Ioana Galleron and Lanlan Du), ‘The New Humanities in the Post-University’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 10 (2020), 239 pp.
- (co-ed. with Laurent Milesi and Biwu Shang), ‘Postclassical Narratology: Twenty Years Later’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 9 (2019), 206 pp.
- (co-ed. with Anne-Marie Callus), ‘Encounters between Disability Studies and Critical Trauma Studies’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 8 (2018), 154 pp.
- (co-ed. with William Large and Laura Marin), ‘Blanchot’s Spaces’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 1-2: (2015), 273 pp.
- (co-ed. with Ivan Callus), ‘Mediocrity’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 3.1 (2013), 147 pp.
- (co-ed. with Ioana Galleron and Bogdan Ştefănescu), ‘Postcommunism ̶ Postcolonialism’s Other’, Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 2.1 (2012), 246 pp.
Main articles and book chapters:
- ‘Blanchot in Infinite Conversation(s) with Beckett’, Journal of Modern Literature 44.3 (2021), pp. 76-92 (A&HCI).
- ‘Traces of Survival in a World of Terror: Kathy Kacer’s Shanghai Escape’, in Memories on Terror: Essays on Recent History, ed. Mihaela Gligor (Frankfurt am Main: CEEOL Press, 2021), pp. 173-20
- ‘Chinese Versions of the Uncanny’ (with Lanlan Du), Oxford Literary Review 4.2 (2020): pp. 205-9 (A&HCI).
- ‘Forgiving as Self-Healing? The Case of Eva Mozes Kor’, in Arts of Healing: Cultural Narratives of Trauma, ed. Arleen Ionescu and Maria Margaroni (London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2020), pp. 27-49.
- ‘Language as Becoming: The Cases of Self-Translation of Samuel Beckett and E. M. Cioran’, in The Time is Now: Essays on the Philosophy of Becoming, ed. Mihaela Gligor (Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2020), pp. 63-92.
- ‘The “Differend” of Shoes: Van Gogh, Beckett, Wiesel, Levi and Holocaust Museums’, Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas 17.2 (2019): pp. 255-77 (A&HCI).
- ‘Witnessing Horrorism: The Piteşti Experiment’, SLOVO 32.1 (2019): pp. 53-74 (A&HCI).
- ‘Spacing Literature between Blanchot and Derrida’, parallax, 21.1: ‘Deconstruction Space Ethics’ (2015): pp. 58-78 (A&HCI).
- ‘“Cloth speaks”: Cloaks of Telepathy, Melancholia and the Uncanny in Nicholas Royle’s Quilt’, Meridian Critic 24.1 (2015): pp. 93-108.
- ‘Hauntologies of Post-Joycean Modernity in Romanian Literature: Adrian Oţoiu’s Coaja lucrurilor sau Dansând cu jupuita’, in Literature and the Long Modernity, ed. Mihaela Irimia and Andreea Paris (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014), pp. 369-86.
- ‘‘“Novel” Reality Calling and Telepathy in Nicholas Royle’s Quilt’, in Word and Text ̶ A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, special issue on ‘Keep It New’: Recent Trends in Experimental Fiction in English 4.1 (2014): pp. 98-115.
- ‘Waiting for Blanchot: A Third Act for Beckett’s Play’, Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas 11.1 (2013): pp. 71-84 (A&HCI).
- ‘From Translation to Re-creation: The Cases of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake’, in Joyce Studies Annual, ed. Philip Sicker and Moshe Gold (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014), pp. 196-204.
- ‘Joyce’s Reception in Romania (1935-1965)’, in Joyce Studies Annual, ed. Philip Sicker and Moshe Gold (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012), pp. 277-85.
- ‘Gifts of Time: Alternative Temporalities in Ulysses’, in James Joyce and After, ed. Katarzyna Bazarnik and Bozena Kucala (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010), pp. 37-48.
- ‘The ‘Experience’ of Ulysses in Romanian’ (with Laurent Milesi), Papers on Joyce, The Spanish Society for Joyce Studies, 14 (2008): pp. 85‑114.
- ‘Inter-war Romania: Misinterpreting Joyce and Beyond’, in The Reception of James Joyce in Europe, vol. I, ed. Geert Lernout and Wim van Mierlo (London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004; re-edited 2009), pp. 214-18; 295-8.
Since 2021: Member of The Romanian National Council of Research (CNCS), Commission for The Humanities
Since 2021: Member of The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, New Orleans, The United States of America
Since 2021: Member of Memory Studies Association, Amsterdam
December 2020: Evaluator for journals and books national accreditation, The Romanian National Council of Research (CNCS), Commission for The Humanities
May 2020: President of the Committee that selected the Panel for The Humanities of CNATDCU (National Council of Acreditation of Academic Titles and Diplomas), Romania, appointed by the Romanian Minister of Education
Since 2020: Member of The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, Pittsburgh
Since 2020: Advisory Board of Rowman and Littlefield International, Series on ‘Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics’ (UK)
Since 2019: Advisory Board of VTU Review: Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Bulgaria)
Since 2017: Joint-Editor-in-Chief of Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics (from 2011 to 2016: Executive Editor)
Since 2015: Editorial Board of Quart (Poland); European Ambassador for Romania of European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Switzerland)
Since 2013: Member of Northen Theory School (UK)