Dr. Mihaela Precup

Associate Professor of English and American Studies
BA, University of Bucharest, 2000
MA, University of Bucharest, 2002
PhD, University of Bucharest, 2010
mihaela.precup@lls.unibuc.ro
Office hours: by appointment.

COURSE TAUGHT

Popular Culture and Media Communication

BIO & PUBLICATIONS

Mihaela Precup is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches American visual and popular culture, contemporary American literature and comics studies. She has co-edited (with Rebecca Scherr) three special issues of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (on War and Conflict and Sexual Violence). Her most recent publications are “Memory, Food, and Ethics in Graphic Narratives” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food (edited by Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien, Routledge, 2018) and “’I think we’re maybe more or less safe here’: Violence and Solidarity during the Lebanese Civil War in Zeina Abirached’s A Game for Swallows” in Contexts of Violence in Comics (edited by Ian Hague, Ian Horton, and Nina Mickwitz, Routledge, 2020). Her monograph The Graphic Lives of Fathers: Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in Autobiographical Comics was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (March 2020). 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books and edited volumes

Journal articles and book chapters

  • (with Dragos Manea). “Infantilizing the Refugee: On the Mobilization of Empathy in Kate Evans’s Threads from the Refugee Crisis.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 35.2, forthcoming, spring 2020.
  • “The Autobiographical Mode in Post-Communist Romanian Comics: Everyday Life in Brynjar Åbel Bandlien’s Strîmb Living and Andreea Chirică’s The Year of the Pioneer” in Kuhlman, Martha and Jose Alaniz (eds.). Comics of the New Europe. Leuven: University of Leuven Press, 2020.
  • “’I think we’re maybe more or less safe here’: Violence and Solidarity during the Lebanese Civil War in Zeina Abirached’s A Game for Swallows” in Ian Hague, Ian Horton, and Nina Mickwitz. Contexts of Violence in Comics. London: Routledge, 2020.
  • (with Dragoș Manea). “‘Life was a precarious dance’:Graphic Narration and the Construction of a Transcultural Memory Space in the Positive Negatives Project,” in Sierp, Aline and Jenny Wustenberg (eds.).  Agency in Transnational Memory Politics: A Framework for Analyzing PracticeOxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2020. 
  • “Memory, Food, and Ethics in Graphic Narratives” in Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien (eds.). Routledge Companion to Literature and Food. London: Routledge, 2018.