Dr. Dragoş Ivana

Associate Professor of English
BA, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters, 2000
MA, University of Bucharest, MA in British Cultural Studies, 2002
PhD in Humanistic Studies, University of Bucharest, 2012 (summa cum laude)
Office hours: Monday (4-6pm)


Urban History: London, from City to Post-metropolis


Dragoş Ivana is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Bucharest. His main research interests are British literature, the early American novel, comparative literature, Cervantes studies, critical theory, and city studies. He is treasurer of the Romanian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. One of Ivana’s books titled Embattled Reason, Principled Sentiment and Political Radicalism: Quixotism in English Novels, 1742-1801was published by Brill publishing house in 2015. He was the recipient of several doctoral and postdoctoral research scholarships at the University of Kent, the Bodleian Library, the British Library, Chawton House Library, and Vanderbilt University and was also a member in four projects funded by UEFISCDI. Ivana has published extensively on the reception of Cervantes in the eighteenth-century English novel and novel theory. In 2018 he was appointed Fulbright Ambassador of the University of Bucharest. His current projects focus on representations of quixotism in the early American novel, the Jacobin and anti-Jacobin novel, and representations of London in English literature, respectively.


Books and edited volumes

  • Literature and the City, themed issue of American, British and Canadian Studies, ed. Dragoş Ivana, vol. 34, no. 2. Sibiu: Lucian Blaga University Press (forthcoming June 2020).
  • Behind the “Great Tradition”: Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century England, Bucureşti: Ars Docendi, 2017.
  • Embattled Reason, Principled Sentiment and Political Radicalism: Quixotism in English Novels, 1742-1801, Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Imitatio-Inventio: The Rise of “Literature” from Early to Classic Modernity (co-ed. with Mihaela Irimia), Bucuresti: Editura Institutului Cultural Român, 2010.
  • Author(ity) and the Canon between Institutionalization and Questioning: Literature from High to Late Modernity (co-ed. with Mihaela Irimia), Bucuresti: Editura Institutului Cultural Român, 2011.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • “Narrative, Temporality and the Modernist City,” Lublin Studies in Modern Languages and Literature, ed. Jolanta Knieja, Anna Mazyarczyk. Lublin: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, vol. 44, no. 5 (expected publication June 2020)
  • “Quixotism, Federalism, and the Question of American National Identity, in Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive”, in American, British and Canadian Studies, ed. Karina Schneider, vol. 33, no. 1. Sibiu: Lucian Blaga University Press, 2019, pp. 29-46.
  • “Jane Austen şi tradiţia literară augustană”, in Jane Austen: glose,înţelesuri, interpretări, coord. Mihaela Mudure, Editura Casa Cărţii de Ştiinţă, Cluj-Napoca, 2019, pp. 9-18.
  • “Popular Culture and the Demotic Press: Almanacs in Eighteenth-Century England”, in Anaphora, ed. Biljana Oklopcic, vol. 5, no. 2/2018, University of Osijek, pp. 415-428.
  • “Popular Culture in Early Modern England: Some Methodological Considerations”, in British and American Studies Journal, ed. Hortensia Pârlog, Loredana Pungă, Timişoara: University of the West, 2018, pp. 37-42.
  • “The Politics of Genre and Gender in Tabitha Gilman Tenney’s Female Quixotism”, in Multicultural Cervantes, ed. Toby Miller, De Gruyter Open, Open Cultural Studies, 1: 468-474, 2017.
  • “Quixotic Readers of Human Nature; Or, the Misprisions of Sympathy in Henry Mackenzie’s The Man of Feeling”, în East-West Cultural Passage, ed. Alexandra Mitrea, vol. 16, no. 1/2016, Lucian Blaga University Press, Sibiu, pp. 100-109.
  • “The Counter-Hegemonic Virtues of Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century England”, în American, British and Canadian Studies Journal, ed. Adriana Neagu, Karina Schneider, 25/2015, Sibiu: Lucian Blaga University Press, pp. 10-19; published online by Walter de Gruyter, Feb. 2016.