Prof. Radu Surdulescu

Professor of English, Emeritus
BA, University of Bucharest, 1970
Ph.D, University of Bucharest, 1996
Office hours: Wednesday, 8 p.m., upon request


Groups and Persons: Symbolic Violence



  • The Raping of Identity: Studies on Physical and Symbolic Violence, Iasi: Edit. Institutul European, 2010.
  • Form, Structure and Structurality in Critical Theory, Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 2000.      
  • Critica mitic-arhetipala: De la motivul antropologic la sentimentul numinosului (Myth Criticism, Archetypal Criticism: From the Anthropological Motif to the Numinous, Bucuresti, ALLFA, 1997.
  • Sam Shepard: The Mythomorphic Vision, Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 1996.

Journal articles and book chapters

  • “The Billionaires’ Road to Disappearance in Don DeLillo’s Novels Cosmopolis and Zero K“, University of Bucharest Review, Vol. VII, No. 1, 2017.
  • “The Politics of Amnesia: A Modern ‘Idiot’ in Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s Novel Matei Brunul“, University of Bucharest Review, Vol. III, No. 1 (new series), 2015.
  • “The Iraq War: From Political Argument to Fictional Discourse”, University of Bucharest Review, 2011/2012, vol. I, no. 2.
  • “History Helplessly Revisited: Kust Vonnegut’s Fictional ‘Timequake'”, University of Bucharest Review, 2009, vol. XI, no. 1.
  • “A Few Notes on the Margin of George Rousseau’s Views on Extreme Violence”, in M. Irimia and D. Ivana (eds.), Literary into Cultural History, Bucharest: ICR, 2009.
  • “(Im)Mortality in Don DeLillo’s ‘World City'”, in The Sense of America: Histories into Text, Bucharest: EUB, 2009.
  • “Conflicting Embodiments of Truth”, in Our America: People, Places, Times, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2005.
  • “Dismantled and Dispersed Identities: Semicolonialism, Reeducation and Peer Torture in Communist Romania and China”, in: Évelyne Hanquart-Turner (ed.), Violence d’état: Parole libératrice et colonialisme C.E.R.E.C., Université Paris XII, Éditions A3, Ivry-Sur-Seine, 2005.
  • “The Violence of Posteriority: Postcommunism and Some Conceptual and Ethical Embarrassments”, in -ISMs & -NESSes: the 2nd Anti-conference. The Annals of “Ovidius” University of Constanta, 2004.
  • “’Being here has come to me’: Stanislaw Lem’s and Do DeLillo’s Fantasies of Hypermnesia and Fracted Time”, University of Bucharest Review, vol. V, no. 4, 2003.
  • “The Powerful Freight Train of Modernity and the Recent Ethics Gaps on the American Cultural Scene”, in America in/from Romania, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2002.
  • “Voyeurism as Ritual: Robert Coover’s and Curtis White’s Reflections of American Image Culture”, in Transatlantic Connections, Bucuresti, Editura Integral, 2000.
  • “Power Cut in the Mad Forest” in Ana Cartianu: Festschrift, Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 2000.
  • “Anthropology and Deconstruction”, in Analele Universitatii Bucuresti, The Annals of Bucharest University, 2000.
  • “Translating Cultural and Economic Globalization into East-European Terms”, University of Bucharest Review, 2000.
  • “Practising Formalist and Deconstructive Methods in the Age of Cultural Interpretation”,, University of Bucharest Review, 2000.
  • “Identitatea culturala romaneasca si ecumena globala” (“Romanian Cultural Identity and the Global Ecumene”), Studii culturale, 1, 2000.
  • “The Sacrificial Chinese Boxes”, in University of Bucharest Review, 1999.
  • “Shadows of the Past and Rites of Violence in an Albee Play”, in University of Bucharest Review, 1999.
  • “Contemporary Cultural Anthropology: Fictional Truth towards Self-Reflexivity”, in Analele Universitatii Bucuresti, 1998.
  • “The ‘Blue, Blind, Blank Depths’ of God’s Identities in the Story of a Modern Job”, in Analele Universitatii Bucuresti, 1995.
  • “Raymond Federman’s Surfiction and the A-mazing Reader” in Analele Universitatii Bucuresti, 1992.