Ileana Marin

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Prior to her coming to the United States in 2005, Ileana Marin held the faculty position of Associate Professor at Ovidius University of Constanta. In 2004, as a Fulbright scholar, she discovered the Textual Studies Program at the University of Washington, a field that she always wanted to pursue, but which does not exist as such in Romania. She earned her second Ph.D. in Textual Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in 2011. The interdisciplinary courses she teaches for the UW Honors Program reflect her interest in multiculturalism and post-communist societies. Ileana is one of the founders of the Seattle based non-profit organization American Romanian Cultural Society which organizes the Romanian Film Festival “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying” in collaboration with SIFF, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Romanian government. Three years ago, she initiated the Romanian Studies Fund in the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department in order to raise money to reintroduce Romanian in the UW curriculum. Winner of several research grants she has explored interdisciplinary dialogues between text and image and the transformation of artworks into cultural icons.


Selected: Publications, Books

Ileana Marin. 2015. Victorian Aesthetics of Erasure in Fiction and Illustration. Iasi: Institutul European.

Ileana Marin. 2003. Pictura Prerafaelită sub semnul narativului [Narrative Dimensions of Pre-Raphaelite Painting]. Bucharest: Meridiane.

Ileana Marin. 2002. Infidelităţile mitului. Repere hermeneutice [A Hermeneutic Approach to Ancient Greek Mythology]. Pitesti: Paralela 45.

Selected: Publications, Articles and Studies

“Dante’s Hell Envisioned by Gustav Doré: An Overlooked Opening to Modernity.” International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication.  4. 1 (2015) 15-26.

“Brontë’s Busy Scissors Revising Villette.” Brontë Studies. The Journal of the Brontë Society, 39.1 (2014) 5-15.

“Leaning towards Us: Women Artists Painting Themselves. Images. Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies. 3.1 (2013)

“Paradoxes of Ideological Constrains: Ion Popescu-Gopo’s Animations and Mihai Stanescu’s Caricatures.” International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication.  2. 1 (2013)

“Rossetti’s Aesthetically Saturated Readings: Art’s De-Humanizing Power.” Art and Life in Aestheticism: De-Humanizing and Re-Humanizing Art, the Artist, and the Artistic Receptor, Ed. Kelly Comfort, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 42-62.

“Shakespeare: An Icon of (Post)Modernity.” Shakespeare in Romania. 1950 to the Present. Foreword by Balz Engler, Ed. Monica Matei Chesnoiu. Bucharest: Humanitas, 2008. 188-208.

“Shakespeare in Romanian Art of the First Half of the Twentieth Century.” Shakespeare in

Romania: 1900-1950. Foreword by Stanley Wells, Ed. Monica Matei Chesnoiu. Bucharest: Humanitas, 2007. 119-129.

“Illustrated Shakespeare in Nineteenth-Century Romanian Translations.” Shakespeare in the

Nineteen-Century Romania. Foreword by Ton Hoenselaars, Ed. Monica Matei Chesnoiu. Bucharest: Humanitas, 2006. 91-107.


Research Interests:

world literature, textual studies, communist and post-communist societies, Romanian literature and arts, the long 19th century

Teaching Areas:

she has taught comparative literature courses on Greek tragic heroes, interdisciplinary classes on censorship in fascist and communist societies, English literature with a focus on Victorian fiction and illustration, Romanian language and culture.

Professional Affiliations:

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Society for Romanian Studies (SRS)