CEERES of Voices: Catalina Florina Florescu - "Transnational Narratives in Englishes of Exile" - Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Catalina Florina Florescu
Catalina Florina Florescu discusses Transnational Narratives in Englishes of Exile. She will be joined in conversation by Dr. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
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About the book: Monolingual, monolithic English is an issue of the past. In this collection, by using cinema, poetry, art, and novels we demonstrate that English has become the heteroglossic language of immigration – Englishes of exile. By appropriating its plural form we pay respect to all those who have been improving standard English, thus proving that one may be born in a language as well as give birth to a language or add to it one’s own version. The story of the immigrant, refugee, exile, expatriate is everybody’s story, and without migration, we could not evolve our human race.
About the author: I came to the States to experiment with exile. I came here to see how it feels to be dual. I was born in Romania. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from University of Bucharest, Romanian Literature (major), American Literature (minor). I hold a Master's Degree and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Purdue University. I teach Introduction to Cultural Studies, 21st century Theater for Social Change, American Drama, Critical Writing, The Individual and Society, Romanticism & the Modern World, Immigration & Englishes, and Cinema at Pace University in New York City. My books are in permanent libraries worldwide as well as at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. I am the author of: Transacting Sites of the Liminal Bodily Spaces (literary criticism; narrative medicine; human body); Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood (mothers in literature & motion picture; feminist criticism); Inventing Me/Exerciţii de retrăit (memoir). During my career, I delivered papers at Harvard, Sorbonne, New York University, etc. My Scrabble Cancer Poster was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and at Boston University. My political parable, Suicidal Dog and Laika, will have a table reading at the Immigrant Theatre Project in New York City. With my other play, Mia, I have been invited to an event, "Nothing to hide/Nimic de ascuns," at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.
About the interlocutor: Dr. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her main research interests are transnational multiethnic narratives, gender in postcolonial and post socialist studies, interactions between narrative and performance in contemporary global literatures in English.
About the series: CEERES, pronounced /ˈsirēz/, is the acronym for the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Together with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, we are delighted to announce the launch of the CEERES of Voices Event Series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books from or about Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Eurasia, and the Caucasus. The books being discussed are identified in a various ways: through publishers’ contacts with the bookstore or through faculty requests to CEERES to host the author. Learn more about A Ceeres of Voices here.
Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637