Sanja Bahun's area of expertise is international modernism, and her research interests include theory of comparative arts, world literature, psychoanalysis, and women's and gender studies. She is the author of Modernism and Melancholia: Writing as Countermourning (2013), the co-editor of The Avant-garde and the Margin: New Territories of Modernism (2006), Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and the Extimate (2008), From Word to Canvas: Appropriations of Myth in Women's Aesthetic Production (2009), Myth and Violence in the Contemporary Female Text: New Cassandras (2011), Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions (2012), and Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious (2013), and she has published articles and book chapters on a variety of subjects concerning modernism, world literature, psychoanalytic theory and intellectual history. She has also authored two books of creative writing: On the Atomic Bomb, Pain, Spaghetti, and All the Rest... (1994) and To Icarus, with Love (1998). Currently, Sanja is engaged in two major research projects: an investigation of the concept of home in modernist art, film, and literature, and a study of the interactions between the arts and transitional justice.
Sanja Bahun is the Co-Convener of Transitional Justice Network at the University of Essex. She is also Chair of Gender and Children Research Area of ETJN and she coordinates research activities in the Arts and Transitional Justice section. Sanja serves on the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA).
Sanja’s most recent publications include an essay on James Joyce and gender-polyphony in Cross-gendered Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing, eds R. Kim and C. Westall (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), a chapter on Balkan modernisms in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms, ed. M. Wollaeger (Oxford UP, 2012), and a discussion of Virginia Woolf and psychoanalysis in Virginia Woolf in Context, eds J. Goldman and B. Randall (Cambridge UP, 2013).