Office: MHRA 3125
Office Phone: 336-334-5384
At UNCG Since: 1998
Ph.D. Indiana University-1998
M.A. Indiana University-1996
M.A. Indiana University-1995
B.A. University of Bucharest-1984
Christian Moraru is Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Professor Moraru's interests include 20th-century American literature, primarily post-1945 fiction; literary and cultural theory; theories of community; comparative and global studies with focus on the U.S. and post-World War II Western Europe; literature and philosophy (particularly post-Nietzschean tradition and Levinas), and history of ideas; Cold War and post-Cold War studies in transnational perspective; postmodernism; postcolonialism and its Central-East-European developments.
- Reading for the Planet: Toward a Geomethodology. Ann Arbor, MI: U of Michigan P, viii + 248 p., 2015.
- The Planetary Turn: Relationality and Geoaesthetics in the 21st Century. Critical essays. Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru, eds. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 481 pp. "Rethinking Theory" Series. xxxvii + 272 p., 2015.
- Cosmodernism: American Narrative, Late Globalization, and the New Cultural Imaginary. Ann Arbor, MI: U of Michigan P, 2011, 440 pp.
- Postcommunism, Postmodernism, and the Global Imagination. Ed. and preface. New York: Columbia UP/EEM Series, 2009. 308 pp.
- Memorious Discourse: Reprise and Representation in Postmodernism. Madison. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson U P, 2005, 282pp.
- Rewriting: Postmodern Narrative and Cultural Critique in the Age of Cloning. Albany, NY: SUNY P, 2001, 248 pp. The SUNY P “Postmodern Culture” Series.
- Poetics of Reflection: An Archaeology of Mimesis. [Poetica Reflectarii: Incercare in arheologia mimezei] Summary in French. Bucharest: Universe P, 1990, 263 pp. Partially reprinted in The Play of Self. Albany, NY: SUNY P, 1994.
- "Decompressing Culture: Three Steps toward a Geomethodology." The Planetary Turn: Relationality and Geoaesthetics in the 21st Century. Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru, eds. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2015, 211-244.
- "Postmodernism, Cosmodernism, Planetarism." The Cambridge History of Postmodernism. Brian McHale and Len Platt, eds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2015. Forthcoming. Invited.
- "Critique and Its Postnational Aftermath: Dialogism and the 'Planetary Condition.'" Criticism after Critique: Aesthetics, Literature, and the Political. Jeffrey R. Di Leo, ed New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2014. 99-112.
- "Zombie Pedagogy: Rigor Mortis and the U.S. Body Politic." Studies in Popular Culture 34, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 105-127.
- “Contagion, Contamination, and Don DeLillo's Post-Cold War World-System: Steps toward a Haptical Theory of Culture.”Contagion: Health, Fear, Sovereignty. Bruce Magnusson and Zahi Zalloua, eds. Seattle: University of Washington Press. The “Global Re-visions” Series. 2012, 123-148. Invited.
- “The Forster Connection or, Cosmopolitanism Redux: Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, Howards End, and the Schlegels.”The Comparatist 35 (May 2011): 133-147.
- “Cosmobabble or, Federman’s Return.” Federman's Fictions. Jeffrey R. Di Leo, ed. Albany, NY: SUNY P. 2010, 241-255. Invited.
- “‘A foreign tongue to unite us’: Book Traveling with Dai Sijie.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature36.2 (June 2009): 120-136.
- “Speakers and Sleepers: Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker, Whitman, and the Performance of Americanness.” College Literature 36.3 (Summer 2009): 66-91.
Awards and Honors
- Fulbright Specialist Grant, Lecture Tour, The Netherlands, May 2014.
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Freiburg Univ., Germany, 2005-2007, 2010.
- UNCG Regular Faculty Grant, 2007.
- UNCG Center for Critical Inquiry Fellowship, 2007.
- UNCG Kohler Research Award, 2005 and 2007.
- UNCG College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Merit Awards for Research and Publication, 1999 and 2004.
- UNCG Research Excellence Award, 2003.
- UNCG International Travel Fund Award, 2003.
- UNCG College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Merit Awards for Research and Publication and Teaching, 2002.
- UNCG College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Merit Award for Research, 2000.
- UNC Chapel Hill Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies Fellowship, 1999.
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