Dr. Anca-Raluca Radu

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

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Career History:

  • 09 / 2009: PhD in English Literature (University of Marburg, doctoral thesis completed summa cum laude: "Intertextuality in English-Canadian Artist Novels", Universitätsbibliothek Marburg, 2009)

  • Since 2008: wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (University of Göttingen)

  • 04/2004-09/2008: wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (University of Marburg)

  • 2003-2006: postgraduate teaching degree (German as a Foreign Language, University of Marburg)

  • 01/2003: MA in English Literature and German Literature and Language (University of Marburg)

  • 1997-2000: undergraduate studies in English and German (Lucian-Blaga-University, Sibiu/Romania)

  • Focus of research:

    • Canadian Literature
    • Postcolonial Literature
    • Fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries
    • Romantic Women Writers
    • Ethics and rhetoric of narrative


    • ed. with Alessandra Boller, Sylvia Langwald, Walaa Said and Kirsten Sandrock. Prudent Crossings: From Milton's Paradise to Canada's Bush Gardens. Augsburg: Wißner-Verlag, 2023.
    • ed. with Martin Kuester, Françoise LeJeune and Charlotte Sturgess, Narratives of Crisis – Crisis of Narrative. Augsburg: Wißner, 2012. (= Studies in Anglophone Literatures und Cultures 3)
    • ed. with Eugen Banauch, Elisabeth Damböck, Nora Tunkel and Daniel Winkler, Apropos Canada /À propos du Canada: Fünf Jahre Graduiertentagungen der Kanada-Studien. Wien: Peter Lang, 2010.
    • PhD thesis "Intertextuality in English-Canadian Artist Novels", Microfiche, Universitätsbibliothek Marburg, 2009.

    b) Articles:

    • Introduction. Prudent Crossings: From Milton's Paradise to Canada's Bush Gardens. Eds. Alessandra Boller, Sylvia Langwald, Anca-Raluca Radu, Walaa Said and Kirsten Sandrock. Augsburg: Wißner-Verlag, 2023. 2-14.
    • "Masculinity in Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines." Collisions of Cultures: Frictions and Re-Shapings. Eds. Lily Rose Tope and Wolfgang Zach. Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovač, 2022. 399-415.
    • "Commentary," ad Avrina Jos, "Historicizing Trouble and Strife: An Analysis of a Radical Feminist Magazine." Gender(ed) Thoughts 2022, vol. 1, http://www.gendered-thoughts.uni-goettingen.de
    • "Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters Written in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, 1796." Handbook of British Travel Writing. Ed. Barbara Schaff. Text and Theory. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2020. 267-95.
    • "Instabile Herrscherfiguren im Norden: Zwischen nuanciertem Psychogramm und autoritärer Pose." Mit Ute Berns, Stephan Karschay und Benjamin Kohlmann. Shakespeare Jahrbuch 156 (2020). 207-21.
    • "'What Place Is This?' Alice Munro's Fictional Places and Her Place in Fiction." Space and Place in Alice Munro's Fiction: "A Book with Maps in It". Ed. Christine Lorre-Johnston and Eleonora Rao. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018. 100-18.
    • "This City of June's: Dionne Brand's Re-visiting of Mrs Dalloway in Love Enough (2014)." Transgressions / Transformations: Literature and Beyond. Ed. Brigitte Johanna Glaser and Wolfgang Zach. SECL 25. Tübingen: Stauffenberg Verlag, 2018. 219-46.
    • "Charlotte Smith, Beachy Head (1807)." Handbook of British Romanticism. Ed. Ralf Haekel. Handbooks of English and American Studies: Text and Theory. Vol. 6. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017. 439-458.
    • "'What Do You Want to Know For?' The Power of Knowledge in Selected Stories by Alice Munro." LWU XLVIII.4 (2015): 291-307.
    • "Fathers and Other Clowns: Representations of Masculinity in Dance of the Happy Shades." Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies 77 (2014): 43-64. (peer reviewed)
    • "Old and New Spaces: Imagining Exclusion and Inclusion in Austin Clarke's 'Four Stations in His Circle' and Shani Mootoo's 'Out on Main Street'." Canada and Beyond 4.1-2 (2014): 1-22. (peer reviewed)
    • "Goodness Lost: Nick Hornby's How to be Good and Carol Shields's Unless." Narrating Loss: Representations of Mourning, Nostalgia und Melancholia in Contemporary Anglophone Fictions. Ed. Brigitte Johanna Glaser and Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz. Trier: WVT, 2014. 203-220.
    • "Coming to Terms: Narrating Loss in John Banville's The Sea and Richard B. Wright's October." Communicating Disease. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Johanna Heil. Heidelberg: Winter, 2013. 309-27.
    • “Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness: Crisis in Goodness.” Narratives of Crisis – Crisis of Narrative. Ed. Martin Kuester, Françoise LeJeune, Anca-Raluca Radu und Charlotte Sturgess. Studies in Anglophone Literatures und Cultures 3. Augsburg: Wißner, 2012. 174-92.
    • "Beyond Multiculturalism: Divisadero as a Transnational Novel." The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism. Ed. Jutta Ernst and Brigitte Glaser. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010. 217-30.
    • "Patria ubi mulier: Nation and Narration in Jane Urquhart's Novel Away." Her Na-rra-tion, Women's Narratives of the Canadian Nation. Canadensis Series. Ed. Françoise Le Jeune and Charlotte Sturgess. Nantes: Université de Nantes, 2009. 89-102.
    • "Writing Women: Masks and Masquerade in Short Stories by Alice Munro." Reading(s) from a Distance: European Perspectives on Canadian Women's Writing. SALC 2. Ed. Charlotte Sturgess, and Martin Kuester. Augsburg: Wißner, 2008. 99-111.
    • with Astrid Lohöfer and Kirsten Sandrock. "What's in a Title? Translations of English-Canadian Titles into German." Ahornblätter 20 (2008): 42-66.
    • "'More like a Devil': Coyote in Sheila Watson's The Double Hook and Gail Anderson-Dargatz's The Cure for Death by Lightning." Into the Looking Glass Labyrinth: Myth and Mystery in Canadian Literature. Ed. Héliane Ventura. Open Letter 13th series 2 (2007): 120-33. (peer reviewed)
    • "The Touch of the Marvellous: Magic Realism in Gail Anderson-Dargatz's Novels." Ahornblätter 19 (2007): 25-48.
    • "Alienation and Belonging: An Approach to Region and Art in Margaret Laurence's and Sinclair Ross's Novels." The Making of Canada. 12th European Seminar for Graduate Work in Canadian Studies. Brno: Central European Association for Canadian Studies, 2005. 155-72.

    c) Reviews:

    • Rev. of Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro, East-West Cultural Passage 8 (2009): 156-59.
    • Rev. of Kanadische Literaturgeschichte, ed. by Konrad Gross, Wolfgang Klooss, and Reingard M. Nischik, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56.1 (2008): 97-99.
    • Rev. of Wonach sich alle sehnen, by Dionne Brand, transl. Matthias Müller. literaturkritik.de 6 (2007) www.literaturkritik.de
    • Rev. of Travelling to Knowledge: An Essay on Louis Dudek's Long Poems, by Antonio Ruiz Sánchez, Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 49.2 (2006): 171-73.

    d) Papers

    • "Representations of Gender and Labour in Alternative Work Spaces." 10th European Feminist Research Conference: Difference, Diversity, Diffraction: Confronting Hegemonies and Dispossessions (12th-15th September 2018, Göttingen)
    • "Dionne Brand's Love Enough (2014): Rewriting Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway (1925)" EACLALS Triennial Conference (University of Oviedo, 3-7 April, 2017)
    • "Imaginging the Post-Ethnic in Contemporary British and Canadian Fiction." CISLE 2015 Transgressions / Transformations: Literature and Beyond (Göttingen, July 27-31 2015)
    • "Old and New Spaces: Imagining Exclusion and Inclusion in Selected Canadian Short Stories." The Geopolitics of Intimacy: Canada and Beyond Seminar 3 (University of Huelva, 19-20 June 2014)
    • “The Dramatic Monologue in Prose and the Literature of Crisis: Alice Munro’s ‘Child’s Play'” (U of London, Royal Holloway, "Re-assessing the Dramatic Monologue in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Browning, Before, Beyond," June 28-30, 2012)
    • “Surpassing Multiculturalism: New Cosmopolitanism in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For (Strasbourg, “Imagined Communities, Recuperated Homelands. Rethinking American and Canadian Minority and Exilic Writing,” March 11-12, 2011)
    • “Coming to Terms: Narrating Loss in John Banville’s The Sea (2005) and Richard B. Wright’s October” (2007) (Marburg, “Literature and Medicine,” February 10-11, 2011)
    • “Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness: Crisis in Goodness” (Marburg, Canadian Literature Day, July 2010)
    • “Voices of the Disempowered: Investigations of the Mind in Alias Grace and The Secret Scripture.” (Erlangen, “Fashioning the Neo-Victorian: Iterations of the Nineteenth Century in Contemporary Literature and Culture,” April 8-10, 2010)
    • “Who Is ‘We’?: Canadian Identity in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For” (Kiel, July 9-11, 2009)
    • “Michael Ondaatje and the Cosmopolitan Novel: Divisadero” (Münster, “Postcolonial Translocations,” ASNEL, May 21-24, 2009)
    • “For softness she and sweet attractive grace? Milton’s Eve” (Göttingen, “Sing, Heavenly Muse ...”: A Symposion on Milton’s 400th Birthday, Dec 9, 2008)
    • Divisadero – A Reader’s Novel” at the international conference The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism (Göttingen, July 10-12, 2008)
    • “Richard B. Wright’s Clara Callan: A Story of the Non-Anxiety of Influence,” at the Canadian Literature Day 2008: Narratives of (In)Dependence and Partnership: Old Europe and New World (Marburg, Canadian Literature Day, June 20-22, 2008)
    • “Alan Coatsworth und die Kanada-Sammlung der Universitätsbibliothek Marburg.” (Marburg, Night of the Humanities, November 23, 2007)
    • with Kirsten Sandrock: “The Canadian Maritimes between Reality and Fiction” (lecture series of the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies “Canada and the German-speaking Countries,” November 5, 2007)
    • with Astrid Lohöfer and Kirsten Sandrock, “What’s in a title? Translations of English-Canadian titles into German” (Marburg, Canadian Literature Day, July 5-7, 2007)
    • “Patria ubi mulier: Nation and Narration in Jane Urquhart’s Novel Away” (Nantes, Her Na-rra-tion: Women’s Narratives of the Canadian Nation, June 21-22, 2007)
    • “Tradition and global economy in Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief” (Durham, Annual conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies From Blueberries to BlackBerries: Traditions and Technologies in Canada, April 11–13, 2007)
    • “Patria ubi bene: Home and Migration in Selected Canadian Fiction” (Madrid, 11th International Congress of the Spanish Association for Canadian Studies Identities in the Make: Migration and Cultural Change in the Twenty-First Century, November 16-17, 2006)
    • “Kanada - Eine Literarische Reise” (Teachers’ workshop at the Bayerische Lehrerakademie Dillingen, March 22, 2006)
    • “To Cut a Long Story Short: Contemporary Canadian Short Story Writing” (Teachers’ workshop at the Amerika Haus München, and the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut München, January 24-25, 2006)
    • “Writing Women in Alice Munro’s Short Stories” (Strasbourg, Perspectives européennes sur l’écriture féminine canadienne / European Perspectives on Canadian Women’s Writing, October 28–29, 2005)
    • “‘More like a Devil’: Coyote in Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook and Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Cure for Death by Lightning” (Orléans, Into the Looking Glass Labyrinth: Myth and Mystery in Canadian Literature, October 21–23, 2005)
    • “The Touch of the Marvellous: Magic Realism in Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s Novels” (Berlin, Second Graduate Seminar for Canadian Studies in the German-Speaking Countries, June 8-10, 2005)
    • “Imagined Memories: Margaret Laurence’s The Diviners” (Cracow, 3rd Congress of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies under the heading Place and Memory in Canada: Global Perspectives, April 30–May 3, 2004)
    • “The Beautiful and the Ugly: Alice Munro’s “The Epilogue” (Marburg Interdisciplinary Lecture Series in Canadian Studies organized by the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies, November 6, 2003)
    • “Alienation and Belonging: An Approach to Region and Art in M. Laurence’s and S. Ross’s novels” (University of Barcelona, 12th European Seminar for Graduate Work in Canadian Studies 2003, October 9-11, 2003)
    • “Regionalism in Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women and Who Do You Think You Are?” (TU Berlin, 11th European Seminar for Graduate Students in Canadian Studies 2002, September 29–October 2, 2002)


      Göttingen University:
    • As my teaching load is 5 seminars each semester, it would make little sense to list them all. Suffice it to say that so far I have taught courses pertaining to the fields of Shakespeare studies, the 18th century, Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, Postmodernism, and literary and cultural theory.


    • 2008: Canada Conference Grant awarded by DFAIT (together with Team Vienna, Canadian Graduate Network of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries)
    • 2006: FEP grant (Faculty Enrichment Program) awarded by the International Council for Canadian Studies
    • 2005: Socrates Staff Mobility Programme (University of Sibiu, Romania)
    • 2001: Research grant awarded by the Embassy of Canada in Berlin