Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA
B.A. (Bucharest), M.A. (Bucharest), M.A. (Windsor), Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor
Postcolonial literature and theory (esp. contemporary South African literature). Cold War studies. Eastern Europe and postcommunism. Gender studies, nationalism, and globalization.
• Resident Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, 2013-2015. http://www.mcgill.ca/iplai/people/resident-faculty-fellows/monica-popescu
• Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge (jointly with Visiting Fellowship, Wolfson College), Easter Term 2012
• SSHRC Insight Grant, 2012-2016
• Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture. Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs. 2008-2011
• Delta Kappa Gamma International Fellowship for Women Researchers
• Open Society Institute, Global Supplementary Grant
• Dean’s Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
South African Literature Beyond the Cold War. New York: Palgrave, 2010 http://us.macmillan.com/southafricanliteraturebeyondthecoldwar
The Politics of Violence in Post-communist Films. Brasov, Romania: Concordia, 1999
Journal Special Issue:
Monica Popescu, Cedric Tolliver and Julie Tolliver, eds. Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances during the Cold War. A special issue of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Forthcoming 2014
“Aesthetic Solidarities: Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the Cold War.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Forthcoming 2014.
“On the Margins of the Black Atlantic: Angola, the Second World, and the Cold War.” Research in African Literatures. Special Issue on the Black Atlantic. Forthcoming 2014.
“War Room Stories and the Rainbow Nation: Competing Narratives in Contemporary South African Literature.” National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents. Ed. Gerard Bouchard. London: Routledge, 2013. 191-205.
“Lewis Nkosi in Warsaw: Translating Eastern European Experiences for an African Audience.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 48.2 (May 2012). 178-89.
“Reading through a Cold War Lens: Apartheid-Era Literature and the Global Conflict.” Current Writing 24.1 (May 2012): 37-49.
“Translations: Lenin’s Statues, Post-communism and Post-apartheid.” Marginal Spaces: Ivan Vladislavić. Ed. Gerald Gaylard. Wits University Press, 2011.
Reprint of: “Translations: Lenin’s Statues, Post-communism and Post-apartheid.” The Yale Journal of Criticism 16.2 (2003): 407-423.
“Voortrekkers of the Cold War: Enacting the South African Past and Present in Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.” Settler and Creole Reenactment. Eds. Jonathan Lamb and Vanessa Agnew. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 123-137.
Reworked version of: “Mirrorings: Communists, Capitalists and Voortrekkers of the Cold War.” Beyond the Border War: New Perspectives on Southern Africa’s Late-Cold War Conflicts. Eds. Peter Vale and Gary Baines. Pretoria: UNISA, 2008. 42-55.
“Waiting for the Russians: Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburgand the Logic of Late Post-colonialism.” Postcolonialism: South/African Perspectives. Ed. Michael Chapman. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 106-24.
Reprint of: “Waiting for the Russians: Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg and the Logic of Late Post-colonialism.” Current Writing. 19.1 (April 2007): 1-20.
“Licence for Shooting: South African Literature, the Media, and the Cold War.” Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa 13.1 (2008): 92-104.
“Imaging the Past: Cultural Memory in Dubravka Ugrešić’s The Museum of Unconditional Surrender.” Studies in the Novel. 39.3 (Fall 2007): 336-56.
“Cold War and Hot Translation.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies. 8.1 (January 2007): 83-90.
“Cultural Liminality and Hybridity: The Romanian Transition.”Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers. The Paradoxes of Progress: Globalization and Postsocialist Cultures. (Special Issue). 86 (Fall 2001). 47-68.
“Writing in and Writing out—Race and Ethnicity in The Sound and the Fury.” Transatlantic Connections: Essays in Cultural Relocation. Ed. R. Mihaila and I. Pana, Bucuresti: Integral, 2000, 49-62.
“Liminal Space in the Post-colonial Context.” Studii de Limbi si Literaturi Moderne. Timisoara: Mirton, 1999, 130-38.
“On the Borderline: Liminal Aspects in Malouf’s Fiction.” Bulletin of the Transilvania University 6.41 (1999): 173-79.
“Zoe Wicomb” The Literary Encyclopedia. <www.litencyc.com> 3707 words. March 2012.
“Ivan Vladislavić” The Literary Encyclopedia. <www.litencyc.com> 2068 words. August 2008.
“Of Masters, Scholars, and the Global Prize Economy” Berfrois. August 29, 2013. http://www.berfrois.com/2013/08/monica-popescu-masters-scholars-and-the-global-prize-economy/
Republished in abridged form as: "The argument over J.M. Coetzee" Africa Is a Country. http://africasacountry.com/the-argument-over-j-m-coetzee/
A book project on the Cold War in postcolonial writing. A co-edited special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing entitled Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances during the Cold War. Articles in preparation: representations of the Angolan war in South African Literature; representations of Transylvania in travel literature.