Christian Moraru

Christian Moraru

Office: MHRA 3125
Phone: 336-334-5384



Ph.D. Indiana University-1998
M.A. Indiana University-1996
M.A. Indiana University-1995
B.A. University of Bucharest-1984

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications


  • 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.

Recent Articles:

  • “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). 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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