Book Celebration for Anca Parvulescu & Manuela Boatca's

Book Celebration for Anca Parvulescu & Manuela Boatca's "Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania Across Empires"

Please join us for a book celebration of Anca Parvulescu’s Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania Across Empires (cowritten with Manuela Boatcă), followed by a discussion.


J. Dillon Brown, Associate Professor of English

Nicole Svobodny, Senior Lecturer in Global Studies

Laura Evers, Graduate Student in English


Melanie Micir, Associate Professor of English

The celebration and discussion will take place on Friday, February 10, at 2:30pm, in Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall. A reception will follow.

Creolizing the Modern revisits the history of Transylvania as a series of migrations and imperial formations. It uses as the center of its archive Liviu Rebreanu’s novel Ion (2010), long considered the first Ro-language modern novel, which it re-reads as a marginal text of World Literature. Crosspollinating literary studies and sociology, the book develops a comparative method for engaging with regions of the world that have inherited multiple, conflicting imperial and anti-imperial histories.

Laura Doyle, author of Inter-imperiality, writes: “Creolizing the Modern is above all a brilliant model of method. Revealing the power of interdisciplinary collaboration, Anca Parvulescu and Manuela Boatcă approach Transylvania as both a particular site of world-historical struggle in modernity/coloniality and an illustrative case study of the convergent operations of empires, extractive economies, stratified identities, and literary discourses. A must read.”

Anca Parvulescu is the Liselotte Dieckman Chair of Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and teaching interests include international modernism, affect theory, literary and critical theory, comparative literature, and visual culture.  She is also the author of Laughter and The Traffic in Women's Work.

Please join us for this discussion and celebration of this important book at the intersection of literary studies and sociology!

Read more on Creolizing the Modern at Cornell University Press.