Lorelei CARAMAN (Lect. dr.)


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Lorelei Caraman is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of English. She earned a PhD in Philology (summa cum laude) in 2013 with a thesis on Edgar Allan Poe and psychoanalytic criticism and has since published articles and studies in various peer-reviewed journals. She currently teaches American Literature seminars, Text Analysis Practicums, Academic Writing, Political Institutions, and Critical Media Studies and is also in charge of the English Department and Reading Room libraries. She is a member of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) and Modern Languages Association (MLA). Her research interests include American literature, Critical Theory and Human-Animal Studies.


B.A level:
Text Analysis, American literature, Academic Writing, Political Institutions, Society and Communication seminars
M.A level:
Critical/Literary Thinking seminars, Critical Media Studies (courses and seminars)

Research supervision

American literature (especially Romanticism, Transcendentalism, The Beat Generation, Modern and Postmodern Poetry), Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Reader-Response, Deconstruction, Cultural Studies, Trauma Studies, Human-Animal Studies)

* Undergraduate students who would like me to be their supervisor should contact me and let me know as early as possible, preferably before the beginning of the 2nd semester of their 2nd year.



Articles and studies

“Literature and Psychoanalysis: Whose Madness is it anyway?” Acta Iassyensia  Comparationis no. 17 (1/2016): 31-36.

“Poe’s Strategies of Seduction: Transference, Incongruity and the Undecidability of Meaning.” American and British Studies Annual, vol.8 (2015): 22-31.

“The Urge to Tell vs. the Need to Conceal: Confession as Narrative Desire in Poe’s ‘The Black Cat,’ ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Imp of the Perverse’.” American and British Studies Annual, vol.7 (2014): 98-108.

“Poe’s ‘The Gold-Bug’: from the Reading of Madness to the Madness of its Readings.” Philologica Jassyensia 1.19 (2014): 131-138.

“The Psychoanalytic Concept of Transference: Its Applications in Literary and Translation Studies. Transferential Models of Reading.” Studies in Science and Culture, vol. 3 (2013): 127-135

“Unlocking the Text within the Text: Functions of the Act of Reading in Poe’s ‘The Sphinx’ and ‘The Oval Portrait’.” Scientific Bulletin, A Series, Philology Fascicle XXII (2013): 129-137.

“From the Text-as-Symptom to the Critic-as-Analysand: New Approaches in Psychoanalytic Criticism.” Annals of Ovidius University Constanta – Philology 24.1 (2013): 86-93.

“Between Analyst and Analysand: Poe and the Psychoanalytic Critic. Revisiting “The Purloined Letter.” East-West Cultural Passage vol.2 (2012): 21-32.

Conference papers

“Poe’s ‘The Gold-Bug’: from the Reading of ‘madness’ to the Madness of its Readings”. PHSS 1st.ed. 2014.

“Reading Effects as Determinants of Plot in Poe’s ‘The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall’ and ‘The Angel of the Odd.’ PHSS, 2nd ed.: From Manuscript to E-Book, 2015.

“Migrating Otherness: Posthumanism and the Rise of Human-Animal Studies.” PHSS, 3rd ed.: Figures of Migration, 2016.

Other responsibilities

Reorganizing and handling the Reading Room and English Department libraries.

Coordinating teams of student volunteers for the Reading Room Project. (See www.reading-room.ro)