Dr Sorana Corneanu

Associate Professor of English
BA, University of Bucharest, 1997
MA, University of Bucharest, 1998
PhD, University of Bucharest, 2008

Habilitation, University of Bucharest, 2022
Office hours: by appointment


Perspectives on Modernity I: Transactions of Intellectual History

Cultural Genealogies II: The Epistemic Virtues and Vices

Perspectives on Modernity II: Models of Cultural History


Sorana Corneanu has been teaching eighteenth-century British literature and early modern intellectual history at the University of Bucharest since 1999. Her research interests include the intersections of literature and science, and of science and ethics in the early modern period, the early modern history of the imagination, and the changing fortunes of logic from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries. She was the recipient of two doctoral research scholarships at Oxford (2005-6) and New Europe College, Bucharest (2006-7), and was post-doctoral research fellow of the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (Oct. 2011) and of CHED, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (July-Oct. 2012). She was a member of the ERC Starting Grant Medicine of the Mind and the Reconfiguration of Natural Philosophy: A New Interpretation of Francis Bacon (PI: Guido Giglioni) (2009-2014), and principal investigator of the UEFISCDI research grant An Intellectual History of the Imagination: Bridging Literature, Philosophy and Science in Early Modern and Enlightenment England (2015-2017). She is currently principal investigator of the UEFISCDI grant The Art of Thinking in the Enlightenment: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal (2022-2024).


Books and edited volumes

  • Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies 11.1, eds. Sorana Corneanu, Benjamin Goldberg and Diego Lucci, Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2022.
  • Francis Bacon on Motion and Power, ed. Guido Giglioni, James Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu, Dordrecht: Springer, 2016.
  • The Care of the Self in Early Modern Philosophy and Science, special issue of Journal of Early Modern Studies 4.2, ed. Sorana Corneanu, Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2015.
  • Knowledge, Selves, Virtues: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Early Modern Literature, Science and Philosophy, Bucureşti: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti, 2014.
  • Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • (In)hospitable Translations : Fidelities, Betrayals, Rewritings, ed. Madalina Nicolaescu and Sorana Corneanu, Bucureşti: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti, 2010

Journal articles and book chapters

  • “The Art of Thinking” (with Koen Vermeir), in David Miller and Dana Jalobeanu (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022: 149-166.
  • “Logic and the Movement of Reasoning: Pierre Gassendi on the Three Acts of the Mind”, Perspectives on Science 29.3 (2021), 292-326.
  • “Joseph Glanvill on Imagination, Method and the Art of Thinking”, in Gideon Manning and Lisa Jardine (eds.), Testimonies: States of Mind and States of the Body in the Early Modern Period, New York: Springer, 2020, 139-168.
  • “Boyle’s Moral Philosophy”, in Jan-Erik Jones (ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Robert Boyle, London: Bloomsbury, 2020, 225-256.
  • “The Nature and Cure of the Whole Man”, Early Science and Medicine 22.2-3 (2017), 130-156.
  • “Francis Bacon on the Motions of the Mind”, in Guido Giglioni, James Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu (eds.), Francis Bacon on Motion and Power, Dordrecht: Springer, 2016, 201-230.
  • “Francis Bacon on Charity and the Ends of Knowledge”, in Tamas Demeter, Kathryn Murphy and Claus Zittel (eds.), Conflicting Values of Inquiry: The Ideologies of Epistemology in Early Modern Europe, Leiden: Brill, 2014, 339-352.
  • “Idols of the Imagination: Francis Bacon on the Imagination and the Medicine of the Mind” (with Koen Vermeir), Perspectives on Science 20.2 (2012) 183-206.
  • “Passions, Providence, and the Cure of the Mind: Robinson Crusoe Meets the Christian Virtuoso”, in Sabine Arnaud and Helge Jordheim (eds.), Le Corps et ses images dans l’Europe du dix-huitième siècle / The Body and Its Images in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Paris: Honoré Champion, 2012, 259-276.
  • “Devout Affections: Theology, Medicine, and the Novel”, in Mihaela Irimia and Dragoș Ivana (eds.), Imitatio-Inventio: The Rise of ‘Literature’ from Early to Classic Modernity, București: Editura Institutului Cultural Român, 2010, 179-197.
  • “Of Statues and Vines: Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis and the Question of Persuasion”, Studii de știință și cultură 4.23 (2010), 46-58.
  • “Locke on the Study of Nature” in Vlad Alexandrescu (ed.), Branching Off: The Early Moderns in Quest for the Unity of Knowledge, Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2009, 187-207.
  • “Self-Consciousness, Appropriation and the Concern for Happiness: Locke on Personal Identity”, in A. Cornilescu, C. Lupu, A. Vlădescu (eds.), Études sur le XVIIIe siècle, Études canadiennes. Hommages offerts à Irina Bădescu, Bucureşti: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti, 2008, 22-45.
  • “Defoe’s Mrs. Veal and the Rhetoric of Certainty”, Romanian Journal of English Studies 3 (2006), 307-318.