Office: MHRA 3125
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 and the contemporary; postcolonialism and its Central-East-European developments.
- Flat Aesthetics: Twenty-First-Century American Fiction and the Making of the Contemporary. New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2023, xviii + 268 pp. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/flat-aesthetics-9781501355264/
- The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory. Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Christian Moraru, eds. Under contract. Forthcoming 2021. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the- bloomsbury- handbook-of-world-theory-9781501361951/
- Theory in the “Post” Era: A Vocabulary for the Twenty-First-Century Conceptual Commons. Alexandru Matei, Christian Moraru, and Andrei Terian, eds. New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2021. Forthcoming. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/theory-in-the-post-era-9781501358975/
- 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.
- “Plagiarism, Creativity, and the Communal Politics of Renewal.” Post-Digital: Dialogues and Debates from electronic book review. Vol. 1. Edited by Joseph Tabbi. New York: Bloomsbury, 2020. 319-325. Invited. Reprinted in revised form from electronic book review.
http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/fictionspresent/plagiarized. Posted June 21, 2007.
- “Murdoch after Postmodernism: Metafiction, Truth, and the Aesthetic of Presence in The Black Prince.” Études britanniques contemporaines 58 (October 2020). Invited. https://journals.openedition.org/ebc/9853.
- “Periodization.” The Encyclopedia of American Fiction, 1980-2020. Edited by Patrick O’Donnell, Stephen J. Burn, and Lesley Larkin. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2021. Invited. Forthcoming.
- “Postfuturism: Contemporaneity, Truth, and the End of World Literature.” Theory in the “Post”Era: A Vocabulary for the Twenty-First-Century Conceptual Commons. Alexandru Matei, Christian Moraru, and Andrei Terian, eds. New York: Bloomsbury. Forthcoming 2021.
- “Worlding Comparative Literature.” The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory. Jeffrey R. Di Leo and Christian Moraru, eds. Under contract with Bloomsbury. Forthcoming 2021.
- “Scalar Fiction in Contemporary U. S. Literature.” Globalization and Literary Studies. Edited by Joel Evans. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2022. Invited. Forthcoming. 20-p. mss.
- “Topodemocracy: Joseph O’Neill and the Spatial Sublime.” Études britanniques contemporaines 55 (December 2019). Forthcoming. 25-p. mss.
- “Revisionary Strategies.” Chapter 7 of American Literature in Transition: 1990 – 2000. Edited by Stephen Burn, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2018, pp. 199-214. Invited.
- “Embedded with the World: Place, Displacement, and Relocation in Recent British and Postcolonial Fiction.” Études britanniques contemporaines 55 (December 2018). http://journals.openedition.org/ebc/5054. 23-p. mss
- “Weltliterature? American Literature after Territorialism: Manifesto for a Twenty-First-Century Critical Agenda.” American Literature as World Literature, edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018, pp. 127-147. Invited.
- “Postmodernism, Cosmodernism, Planetarism.” The Cambridge History of Postmodernism. Edited by Brian McHale and Len Platt. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2016, pp. 480-496. Invited.
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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