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  • Publish Date:2018/08/01
    Modify Date:2019/06/24
Ioana Luca
  • Position:Visiting Scholar
  • Email:ioanaluca.ntnu@yahoo.com
  • Visiting Date:2018/08/01~2019/06/13
Ioana Luca


  • PhD. in English Philology, University of Bucharest.
  • M.A. in American Studies, University of Bucharest.
  • B.A. in English (major) and Portuguese (minor), University of Bucharest.


  • 2009-present: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, National Taiwan Normal University.
  • 1996–2009: Instructor, Teaching Assistant, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest.


  • Life Writing, 20th and 21st century American Literature
  • American Studies in Transnational Contexts (Eastern Europe-US)
  • Memory Studies


  • Editorial Board, European Journal of Life Writing (2011- present)
  • Editorial Board, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (2012-present)
  • Editor in chief, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (2015-2017)


  • 2016: Outstanding Researcher, NTNU
  • 2015: Academia Sinica, Research Award for Junior Investigator.
  • 2012: NTNU Model Curriculum Moodle platform prize for the undergraduate core course American Literature II (from 1865 to the Present).
  • 2011-2014: NTNU Distinguished Assistant Professor.
  • 2011: NTNU Excellency Moodle platform prize for the graduate course Life Writing: Texts and Contexts.
  • 2011: Wu Ta-You Young Scholar Research Award, National Science Council.


Journal Articles
“Postsocialist Fiction and Frameworks: Miroslav Penkov, Lara Vapnyar, and Aleksandar Hemon, Twentieth Century Literature 65. 1-2 (2019): 43-70. (AHCI)
“Introduction: Postsocialist Literatures in the United States,Twentieth Century Literature 65. 1-2 (2019): 1-22 (A&HCI) (co-authored with Claudia Sadowski-Smith)
“Exemplary Lives. Contemporary Lives: The Year in Romania.” Biography; An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 40.4 (2017): 649-656. (AHCI)
“Life Writing in Full Bloom: The Year in Romania.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 39.4 (2016): 656-66. (AHCI)
“Secret Police Files, Tangled Life Narratives: The 1.5 Generation of Communist Surveillance,” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.3 (Summer 2015): 363-395. (AHCI)
“Bosnian Migrations, Cosmopolitan Memories: Aleksandar Hemon” Journal of English Language and Literature 61.2 (June 2015): 193-217 (KHCI).
“‘The Americans Are Coming!?’ Postcommunist Reconfigurations of the US in California Dreamin’ (Endless),” Journal of American Studies, 48.3 (2014): 819-837. (AHCI)
“Post-1989 Eastern European Itineraries with Eva Hoffman and Slavenka Drakulić,” Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture, 7.2 (June 2014): 1-34 (THCI) 
“Eastern European Exilic Trajectories in Post-1989 Life Writing,” European Journal of Life Writing 3 (2013): 61-80. (ERIH PLUS & MLA Bibliography)
 “Introduction,” special issue Life Writing Trajectories in Post-1989 Eastern Europe for European Journal of Life Writing 1.2 (Spring 2013): 1-9 (co-authored with Kurvet-Käosaar)
“Communism: Intimate Publics,” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 34.1 (Winter 2011): 70-82. (AHCI)
“Leaves from the Motherbook: Susan Suleiman’s Journey into Unforgetting,” Prose Studies, 31.3 (December 2009): 267-279.
“Post-Communist Life Writing and the Discourses of History: Vesna Goldsworthy’s Chernobyl Strawberries,” Rethinking History, 13.1 (March 2009): 83-97. (AHCI)
“Edward Said’s Lieux de Memoire: Out of Place and the Politics of Autobiography,” Social Text, 24.2 (Summer 2006): 125-144. (AHCI)
“American Studies in Romania,” European Journal of American Studies EJAS, Jan. 2006. http://ejas.revues.org/document346.html.

Chapters in Books (peer reviewed)
“Memories in Dialogue: Transnational Stories about Socialist Childhoods.” Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life. Ed. Iveta Silova, Nelli Piattoeva, and Zsuzsa Millei. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 19-41. (co-authored with Helga Lenart-Cheng).
“The Transnational Matrix of Post-Communist Spaces.” Eastern Europe Unmapped: Beyond Borders and Peripheries. Ed. Irene Kacandes and Yuliya Komska. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017. 151-73.
“A Travelling Self with No Return Address: Anca Vlasopolos,” Mobile Narratives: Travel Migration and Transculturation, eds. Jopi Nyman et al, Routledge, 2014, 369-388. 
“Postcommunist American Dreams in Romanian Music,” The Transnationalism of American Culture, ed. Rocio Davis, Routledge, 2013, 88-104.
“Post-Communist Life Writing and Memory Maps,” Life Writing Matters in Europe, eds. Marijke Huisman et. al. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag University Press, 2012, 295-313.
“Between Two Worlds: Andrei Codrescu’s The Hole in the Flag: A Romanian Exile's Story of Return and Revolution,” Auto/Biography and Mediation, ed. Alfred Hornung, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag University Press, 2010, 271-286.
“Mediating Autobiography and Criticism: Ihab Hassan and Edward Said,” Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Genres, Performance and Culture, eds. Rocio G. Davis et. al. Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 2007, 222-240.
“In and Out: Andrei Codrescu and the Journey of a Romanian Exile,” Nation and Formation: Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe, eds. Christopher J. Gerry et. al. London: UCL Press, 2007, 117-137. 
“Antigua Crossings: Reconfigurations of Displacement,” New/Old Worlds: Spaces of Transition, eds. Rodica Mihăilă et. al. Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2007, 435-451.
“Memory and the Politics of Edward Said’s Memoir,” America in the Course of Human Events: Presentations and Interpretations, eds. Josef Jařab et. al. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2006, 71-87.
“Ethnic America: Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiographical Inscriptions,” Our America: People, Places, Times, eds. Rodica Mihăilă et. al. Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2005, 264-282.
Edited Work 
Postsocialist Literatures in the United States, special issue of Twentieth Century Literature 65.1-2 (2019), co-edited with Claudia Sadowski-Smith.
Cher Phillipe: A Festschrift for Philippe Lejeune, European Journal of Life Writing 7 (2018), co-edited with Timothy Ashplant and Clare Brant.
Life Writing Trajectories in Post-1989 Eastern Europe, special issue of European Journal of Life Writing 2-3 (2013-2014), co-edited with Leena Kurvet-Käosaar.

Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc: Between Surveillance and Life Writing (Camden House), in Life Writing (2018) (AHCI). Postcolonial Europe? Essays on Post-Communist Literatures and Cultures (Brill 2015) in Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 25.2 (2017): 279-281. 
The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics and Autobiographical Fiction by Robert McGill University of Toronto Quarterly, 84. 3 (Summer 2015): 153-155.
East West Odyssey by Eva Corredor, Life Writing Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies, 3.3 (October 2012): 287-294.