dr. marius crisan
An interpretation of the Dracula myth which sheds light on Romanian spiritual values
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Curriculum Vitae

Personal details
- Author: Marius Mircea Crişan
- Born: September 6, 1977, city Arad, county Arad, Romania.
- Nationality: Romanian
- Languages: Romanian, English, Italian, French.

Education
- November 2011 - May 2012: "Postgraduate course for teachers in the academic system Student-Centered Instruction". Blended Learning for University Teachers. University of Bucharest in partnership with West University of Timisoara and Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.
- Refresher Programme Excelenţa în Sistemul Educaţional Universitar European (Excelence in European University Education System), University Paris - Sorbonne and Ecole National d-Administration, Paris, France, June, 2011.
- November 2004 - October 2007: PhD studies in Anglistics (English Studies) at the University of Turin, Italy. PhD title obtained on the 30th of January 2008. PhD thesis: "Imagining Transylvania: The Construction of a Mythical Space from Stoker's Predecessors to Dracula", coordinated by Professor Donatella Abatte Badin, PhD and Professor Melita Cataldi, PhD; coordinator of the PhD programme: Professor Paolo Bertinetti, PhD.
- 2000 - 2002: MA studies in Literature and Intertextuality, The West University of Timişoara, Romania, Faculty of Letters, History and Philosophy, Master of Arts Degree. Master of Arts in June 2002. MA thesis: "Representative Characters and Symbolic Spaces in Central European Literature", coordinated by Professor Doina Comlosan, PhD.
- 1996 - 2000: BA studies, special field: Romanian Language and Literature and English Language and Literature, West University of Timişoara, Faculty of Letters, History and Philosophy. Bachelor of Arts in June 2000. BA thesis: "Reading and Reception: "Procust-s Bed- by Camil Petrescu" coordinated by Professor Doina Comlosan, PhD (West University of Timişoara) and Professor Sorin Alexandrescu, PhD (University of Amsterdam).
- September 1998 - September 1999: studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Socrates - Erasmus scholarship) in English Language and Literature, Literary Theory, History of Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature, American Poetry.
- 1992 - 1996: "Mihai Viteazul High School", Ineu, Romania.

Scholarships for Research, Summer Schools and Workshops
- July - August 2006: IGEL (International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature) Summer Institute, Munich, Germany (for details about the Summer Institute click here).
- June 2005: ICT and the Humanities Summer School: "Exploring Digital Artefacts", organised by Söderton University College Stockholm, Blekinge Institute of Technology Karlskrona (Sweden) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, USA), Stockholm, Sweden (for details about the summer school click here).
- May 2005: Workshop "The City and Literature" Workshop Four: Urban Futures", AHRB, SOAS, University College of London, London, U.K. (for details click here or click here [*.doc file]).
- May - June, 2004: Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory "Authority Matters", Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden (for the themes of the summer school, seminars, lectures, speakers and other details click here).
- May 2004: Workshop "The Social Context of Literary Production and Consumption", Workshop Three: Literary Communities, AHRB, SOAS, University College of London, London, U.K. (for details click here [*.pdf file]).
- May 2003: ICT and the Humanities Summer School: "Approaching Cyberculture: Humanists as Actors in the Development of Technology", Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden (for details about the summer school click here).
- February, 2002 - June, 2002: "The Third Europe College", Timişoara, Romania, research and papers on Central European Literature and Interethnic Cohabitation.

Outstanding results:
- July 2006: Winner in the international selection for participation at IGEL Summer Institute, University of Munich, Germany, July - August 2006.
- June 2002: Scholarship awarded by The Third Europe Foundation for the project of studying Central-European literature.
- 1998: First prize at the National Colloquium of Literature "Mihai Eminescu", Iasi.
- 1993 - 1996: Three first prizes at the county competition of literature and three awarded participations at the national competition.

Professional experience:
- October 2008 - present: Senior lecturer at The West University of Timişoara, Teacher Training Department, Vasile Parvan blvd., nr. 4, Timişoara, Romania.
- October 2006 - September 2008: junior lecturer at The West University of Timişoara, Teacher Training Department, Vasile Parvan blvd., nr. 4, Timişoara, Romania.
- March - June 2005: seminars at the University of Turin (how to write an Academic Paper, with special reference to MLA and APA styles).
- September 2002 - October 2006: junior lecturer at The West University of Timişoara, Department of Colleges for Teachers, Vasile Parvan blvd., nr. 4, Timişoara, Romania.
- 2000 - 2002: teacher of Romanian Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, and World Literature at "William Shakespeare" High School, Timişoara. (Outstanding results: pupils received prizes at the county and national competition of language and literature and also at the national competition of writing. I participated in the coordination of the magazine of the school: "Shakespeare Magazine").

National and international research projects:
- Director of the Postdoctoral Research Grant The Impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Image of Romania in British and American Literatures, PN-II-RU-PD-2011-3-0194.
- Member in the CNCSIS research project ID 1656 An Imagological Dictionary of the Cities in Romania Represented in British Travel Literature. Grant Director Dr. Carmen Andras, Institutul de Cercetari Socio-Umane Gheorghe Sincai al Academiei Române, Târgu Mures (for details click here).
- Participation in the POSDRU project Your Teaching Practice for the Education of the Future ID 33675 (for details click here).
- International project The Impact of Media Violence on Youth (for details click here).
- International project Study and Research of Evolutionist Psychology (for details click here or here).
- Collaboration at the Dictionary of the Writers of Banat (Grant approved by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research for 2002 - 2004).

Author of the didactic volume Caiet de practica pedagogica - Limba -i literatura româna (Teaching Practice Guide - Romanian Language and Literature) Editura Eubeea, Timişoara, 2010 (100 pages).

References to my publications and to my research activity:
- Robert Z. Cohen. Transylvania: Birthplace of Vampires. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2012. p. 60.
- David Mandler. "Vambery, Victorian Culture and Stoker's Dracula" in Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies, edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasváry Purdue U. P. 2011. p. 54, 56.
- Louise O. Vasváry, Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek, and Carlo Salzani. "Selected Bibliography for Work in Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies" in Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies, edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasváry, Purdue U. P., 2011. p. 351.
- Susannah Clements The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero. Grand Rapids: Brazzos Press, 2011, p. 168 - 169, 184, 194.
- Carlo Salzani and Steven Totösy de Zepetnek. "Bibliography for Work in Travel Studies". in Comparative Literature and Culture, (ISI publication - indexed in AHCI) (for details click here)
- Carmen Andraş, "Spaţiu şi civilizaţie urbana", în Academica. Revista editatã de Academia Românã, nr. 7-8 (iulie-august)/2010, p. 32-33. ISSN 1220-5737.
- "Bram Stoker Literary Criticism. Dracula". (for details click here)
- Mihaela Irimia in ODISEI II: O cartografie identitara: Studii de caz. edited by Mihaela Irimia and Dragoş Ivana, University of Bucharest U. P., 2009. pp 18-19).
- Donatella Abbate Badin, Lady Morgan's Italy: Anglo-Irish sensibilities and Italian realities, Academica Press, Bethesda, 2007. p. xii.
- Ghinea Nouraş, "Tudor Negoescu, Aleksandar Stoicovici şi Cosmin Soameş in ultimul numãr din Banat" (16. 03.2005 for details click here).

Co-author of the books:
- Carmen Andraş, Elena Butoescu, Maria Costea, Marius Crişan, Adriana Cupcea, Cornel Sigmirean. An Imagological Dictionary of the Cities in Romania Represented in British Travel Literature (1800 - 1940). Mentor, Târgu Mureş, 2012.
- New Directions in Travel Writing and Travel Studies, editat de Carmen Andras, Germania, Aachen: Shaker Publishing, 2010.
- Promovarea valorilor cultural- stiintifice locale în circuitul national, regional si international ("Promoting local cultural and scientific values in the regional, national and international circuit"), Editura Eurostampa, Timişoara, 2008.
- Studium in honorem magistri. Alexandru Metea, Timişoara, Editura Universitatii de Vest, 2008.
- Teorii si practici educationale, Poesis Petrescu, Ancuta Frant, Silvia Lucica (editors), Timişoara: Eurostampa, 2007.
- Coordinator and co-author of Traditional si modern în învatamântul românesc - "Traditional and Modern Elements in Romanian Education": Timişoara, Editura Mirton, 2006.
- Dictionarul Scriitorilor din Banat - "The Dictionary of the Authors of Banat" (the Western region of Romania): Timişoara, Editura Universitatii de Vest, 2005.

Hobby: music.


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Publication List


Didactic Volume
Caiet de practica pedagogica - Limba şi literature româna (Teaching Practice Guide - Romanian Language and Literature) Editura Eubeea, Timişoara, 2010 (100 pages).

Contributions to Books
1. Carmen Andraş, Elena Butoescu, Maria Costea, Marius Crişan, Adriana Cupcea, Cornel Sigmirean. An Imagological Dictionary of the Cities in Romania Represented in British Travel Literature (1800 - 1940). Mentor, Târgu Mureş, 2012. I wrote about the following cities: Aiud (33 - 37), Arad (44-51), Bãile Herculane (52-60), Caransebeş (116-123), Deva (158-164), Drobeta-Turnu-Severin (165-174), Galaţi (175-189), Haţeg (203-208), Hunedoara (209-212), Lugoj (226-231), Miercurea Ciuc (231-233), Oradea (234-244), Oraviţa (245-250), Orãştie (251-254), Orşova (254-266), Sulina (311-316), Timişoara (334-343), Tulcea (344-350).
2. New Directions in Travel Writing and Travel Studies, edited by Carmen Andraş, Aachen (Germany): Shaker Publishing, 2010. "Descriptions of Landscape in Bram Stoker's Dracula". 311-323. (for details click here)
3. Philological Explorations, Edited by Gilda M. Socarrás, Athens (Greece): Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2009. "Welcome to my House! Enter Freely and of your own will!" (Dracula 26): Transylvanian Hospitality in Bram Stoker's Sources for Dracula". 301-308 (also available online here).
4. Omogenitate, diversitate, identitate: Spatiu european si integrare. Vol II: O cartografie identitara: studii de caz. Editors Mihaela Irimia and Dragos Ivana, Centrul de Excelenta pentru Studierea Identitatii Culturale, University of Bucharest UP, 2009, "At every station there were groups of people, sometimes crowds, and in all sorts of attire: The Transylvanian World as a Stage in Stoker's Dracula and in His Sources" 290-306.
5. Studia in honorem magistri: Alexandru Metea, Timisoara, Editura Universitatii de Vest, 2008, "Imagini ale Timisoarei în literatura britanica" ("Images of Timişoara in British Literature"). 159 - 174.
6. "The Theme of Interethnic Peaceful Cohabitation in the Novel Mara by Ioan Slavici", Promovarea valorilor cultural- stiintifice locale în circuitul national, regional si international ("Promoting local cultural and scientific values in the regional, national and international circuit"), Editura Eurostampa, Timisoara, 2008. 394 - 399.
7. "Searching the Web of Small Things: Reading as Oscillation in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things". Exploring Digital Artefacts. Johan Bornebuch and Patrik Hernwall, editors, Soderton University College, Sweden, 2006. 89 - 112.
8. Editor, together with Nicolae Hurduzeu, of Traditional si modern în învatamântul românesc ("Traditional and Modern Elements in Romanian Education"): Timişoara, Editura Mirton, 2006.
9. Dictionar al Scriitorilor din Banat ("Dictionary of the Writers from Banat"). Timisoara, Editura Universitatii de Vest, 2005. I wrote about the following writers: Adriana Babeti (63 - 66), Adrian Bodnaru (109 - 114), Gheorghe Brancovici (126 - 129), Ion Chichere (159 - 161), Ion Clopoşel (184 - 187), Ada Cruceanu (215 - 217), Crisu Dascalu (225 - 227), Simion Dima (241 - 243), Octavian Doclin (257 - 261), Sorin Gârjan (339 - 342), Alexandru Nemoianu (545 - 547).

Papers published in Proceedings of International Conferences:
"Oradea, a model for Bram Stoker's Transylvanian City", in Proceedings of the International Conference European, National and Regional Identity, Editura Universitaţii din Oradea (Oradea U.P.), Oradea, 2011. pp. 129-142.

Articles in Journals
1. "19th Century Oradea: The Reflections of a Multiethnic City in British Travel Literature". Revista Româna de Geografie Politica. Year XIII, no. 1 / 2011, pp. 82 - 89 http://rrgp.uoradea.ro/last.html.
2. "I Left My Paradise Alone": British Notes on Oraviţa and Its Neighbourhood. in "Anuarul Institutului "Gheorghe Şincai" al Academiei Române", Vol. XIV/2011, p. 137 - 149. (for details click here)
3. Ad Aquas Herculi Sacras: The Image of Baile Herculane in the 19th Century British Travel Literature, în "Anuarul Institutului "Gheorghe Şincai" al Academiei Române", Chapter Spatiu si civilizatie urbana: între realitate si imaginatie/Urban Space and Civilization: Between Reality and Imagination, Vol. XIII/2010, p. 24-40. (for details click here)
4. "Bram Stoker's Transylvania: between Historical and Mythical Readings" in TRANS - Internet Journal for Cultural Studies, Nr. 17, April 2010, (for details click here). included in ERIH database (European Reference Index for the Humanities)
5. "Superstition and Religion in Stoker's Sources on Transylvania", Perspectives on English Studies, Trauben, Torino, 2009: 49-64. ISBN 978-88-89909-553 (for details click here).
6. "Transylvania, A Superstitious Land: Bram Stoker's Dracula and His Sources for the Novel". Journal of Ethnography and Folklore, Serie noua, 1-2/2008, Editura Academiei Române: 81-90.
7. "Transylvania as a Borderland Between the West and the East", Anuarul Institutului de Cercetari Socio-Umane "Gheorghe Sincai" al Academiei Române, nr. 11, 2008: 58 - 63. Available online on CEEOL database: (for details click here)
8. "The Models for Castle Dracula in Stoker's Sources on Transylvania", Journal of Dracula Studies, Toronto, Canada, no. 10, 2008: 10 - 19: (for details click here).
9. "The Land Between Good and Evil: Stoker's Transylvania", English Studies 2006, Turin: Trauben, 2007: 55 - 78.
10. "Navigation and Interpretation. Reading the Narrative Hypertext" in International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 2, Number 3, 2004 - 2006: 2167 - 2187. (for details click here)
11. (together with Constantin Cheveresan) "Hipertextul, de la imagini la text si invers: Lasting Image de Carolyn Guyer si Michael Joyce" în Revista de informatica sociala, nr. 6/2006, Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara, pp. 18 - 37. (for details click here)
12. "Waiting for Meaning in "Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett" in Caiet de Semiotica. Timişoara: Timişoara U. P., 16/2005: 95 - 108.
13. "Theories of Reception and Their Role in Contemporary Literary Theory" in Caiet de semiotica, Timişoara, Timişoara U. P, 2004, 15/ 2004: 93 - 98.
14. "Din lirica argheziana pentru copii - modele de receptare în lumea micilor cititori", ("From Tudor Arghezi's poems for children - models of reception in the world of the young readers") in "Revista de opinie didactica universitara", ("Review of University Didactic Opinion"), Timişoara, Mirton, 2003: 155 - 168.
15. "Literary Reception - a Fundamental Concept in Literary Theory", Annals of Faculty of Sociology, University of the West, Timişoara, Timişoara U. P, 8/2002: 93 - 98.

Conference Presentations
1. "Vampires and Stereotypes: Post-Stoker Imagined Transylvania", paper presented in plenary session at the International Conference Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future. University of London. Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies. November 2011. (for details click here)
2. Teaching Students to Teach Literature: Ways of Interaction Between the Reader and the Text. 9th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. June 2011, University of Granada, Granada, Spain. (for details click here)
3. "The Mountain Towns of the Banat in British Travel Literature", The Days of the Romanian Academy - The Archives and the Research, Sovata, May, 2010.
4. "Creativity in Today's Romanian School" - opening speech at International Symposium Education and Creativity, William Shakespeare High School Timişoara, Romania Simpozionul Internaţional Educaţie şi creativitate. 2010.
5. "Perspective moderne în domeniul didacticii lecturii" (Modern Perspectives in Didactis of Reading), Symposium Activitatea dppd-urilor si rolul acestora în profesionalizarea carierei didactice (The Activity of Teacher Traing Departments and Their Role in Professiolnalysing Didactic Career), Zilele Academice Timişoara (Academic Days Timişoara), 28 May 2009.
6. "The Two Edges of Europe as seen in Stoker's Sources for Dracula". International Conference AnthropoEast. The Europenistaion of Balkans, The Balkanisation of Europe, Craiova, 26 - 29 November 2008.
7. "Hospitality Versus Hostility in Bram Stoker's Transylvania and in his Sources for Dracula." International Conference on Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, 28-31 July 2008, (for details click here).
8. "The Act of Reading Today: Theoretical and Practical Aspects", International Symposium Promovarea valorilor cultural-stiintifice locale în circuitul cultural national, regional si international ("Promoting local cultural and scientific values in the regional, national and international circuit" ), West University of Timişoara, Timisoara, 14 - 15 May, 2008.
9. "British Travelling in Transylvania: From Reality to Fiction or the Other Way Round" An Identitary Cartography: Case Studies International Micro-Conference Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity, Bucharest, 9-10 May, 2008. (for details click here)
10. "The Imperialism of the Imagination: The Case of Transylvania". the international conference KCTOS: Knowledge, Creativity and Transformations of Societies, Vienna, 6 - 9 December 2007, (for details click here).
11. "Transylvania as A Border Land Between the West and the East", the international conference Continuity and discontinuity in East - West relationships organized by The "Gheorghe Şincai" Research Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Târgu Mureş, Romania, 25-26 May 2007, for details see (for details click here).
12. "The Dual Image of Transylvania in its British Literary Reflections", the symposium "Dracula - Blurring the Boundaries between Truth and Fiction", organized by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, Sighisoara, May 2007. for details see (for details click here).
13. "Myth and Sensationalism in the Construction of Transylvania in English Literature", ESSE 8 Conference , London, 29 August - 2 September, 2006 (the abstract published online: (for details click here [*.pdf file])
14. "Imagini ale Transilvaniei în literaturile engleza si americana" ("Images of Transylvania in English and American literatures"), International Symposium on Teaching Strategy, Lugoj, May, 2006.
15. "Rolul internetului în studierea literaturii în universitate" ("The role of the Internet in teaching literature"), Symposium "Traditional si Modern în învatamântul Românesc" ("Traditional and modern elements in Romanian education"), Lugoj, April, 2005.
16. "The Hypertext: from Images to Texts and the Other Way Round", presented at Fifth International Symposium "Iconicity in Language and Literature", Krakow, Poland, 17 - 20 March 2005.
(for details click here).
17. "The Importance of the Reader in the New Technology Era", presented at The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (for an abstract see http://humanitiesconference.com/ProposalSystem/Presentations/P0001137). The abstract published in The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd, Altona Vic, Australia, 2004 (ISBN 1 86335 563 4), pp. 81 - 82.
18. "Waiting for Meaning in "Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett", "The14th Conference on British and American Studies", Timişoara, Romania, 13 - 15 May, 2004. For details about the conference see: (for details click here [*.pdf file]).
19. "A Day of Childhood in Seamus Heany's Poetry", The Symposium of Strategies in Education, Caransebeş, Romania 30 April, 2004.
20. "The Concept of Literary Reception in Teaching Literature for Children" Symposium "Strategies and Directions in Teaching", Lugoj, Romania, 19 April 2004.
21. "Poetry - Vision and Feelings in the Childhood's World", The International Symposium of Instruction Strategies, Caransebeş, Romania, May, 2003.
22. "Study of Literature by New Informational Means: the Internet", Timişoara Academy's Days, May, 2003.
23. "Poetry of Innocence, Models of Receiving Poetry in the Little Readers World", The International Symposium, "Competences and Strategies in Contemporary Education", Lugoj, Romania May, 2003.

International Workshops and Seminars
1. "Some Literary Representations of the Central European City", The City and Literature, Workshop Four: Urban Futures, Arts and Humanities Research Board, SOAS, University College of London, London, U.K., 11 - 13 May 2005, for abstract see (for details click here [*.doc file]).
2. "Individual and Collective Receptions of Madame Bovary", presented in the workshop The Social Context of Literary Production and Consumption Project, Workshop on Literary communities, Arts and Humanities Research Board, SOAS, University College of London, London, U.K., 27 - 28 May 2004, for program see: (for details click here [*.pdf file]), for abstract see: (for details click here [*.doc file]).
3. "Theories of Literary Reception", paper presented on the 3rd of June at Graduate Summer School of Literature and Literary Theory "Authority Matters", Karlskrona, Sweden, May - June 2004 (for details about the summer school see (for details click here).

Papers Delivered as Undergraduate Student
1. "Reception of Poetry: Robert Bly's Poems" - "The Fifth Symposium of Students in English", Timisoara, Romania, 31 March 2000.
2. "Literature and Identity" - Literary Theory Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1999.
3. "Constructing the Group Identity" - "Systematic Literary Theory Colloquium", University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1999.
4. "Contrapagina eminesciana" ("Eminescu's "Opposite Page") - National Colloquium "Mihai Eminescu", Iasi, 1998 (paper awarded with the First Prize).
5. "Metempsihoza si melancolie în Bolnav în al meu suflet de Mihai Eminescu" ("Metempsychosis and Melancholy in Mihai Eminescu's poem "Sick at Soul" - National Colloquium "Mihai Eminescu", Iasi, Romania,1997.

Other Articles and Essays
1. "Totul e prea mult si prea joc", literary magazine Banat, Lugoj, Nr. 9-10-11-12, 2004, for a reference to this article see (for details click here).
2. "Personajul slab" (The Week Character), Orizont (journal of The Writers of Romanian Union), nr. 10 (1044), 18 oct. 2002.
3. "Gheorghe Brancovici, cronicarul ardelean" ("Gheorghe Brancovici, the Transylvanian Chronicler"), (for details click here), 1996.

Contribution to documentary films
Speech about the representation of the gypsies in Bram Stoker's Dracula and in his sources for Transylvania in The Vampire and the Voivode. The True Story behind Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula. Teleg Films. UK, 2008. (for details click here).


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Doctoral thesis


The approach of this project continues my doctoral research, which was carried out at the University of Turin. The PhD thesis entitled Imagining Transylvania: The Construction of a Mythical Space from Stoker's Predecessors to Dracula has analysed the image of Transylvania in Bram Stoker's Dracula, drawing a parallel between images in the novel and images in the sources consulted by Stoker.









Proiect CNCS, UEFISCDI, tip PD
Titlul proiectului: Impactul unui mit:
Dracula si imaginea României în literaturile
britanica si americana

Codul proiectului: PN-II-RU-PD-2011-3-0194