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Professor Sanja Bahun

Staff positionDirector of Graduate Studies (Spring, Summer)
Telephone01206 872634

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), Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious (2013), and Cinema, State Socialism and Society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1917-1989: Re-Visions (2014) 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, where 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 recent publications include an essay on film animation as the artform of possibilization (Cinema, State Socialism and Society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1917-1989: Re-Visions, Routledge, 2014), a study of the arts and transitional justice in Theorizing Transitional Justice, eds N. Eisikovits, C. Corradetti, and J. Rotondi (Ashgate, 2015), and the article "On Transience, Presence and Anticipation: Notes Towards a Palimpsestic Approach to Temporal Literary Study, with Reference to 1915", Forum for Modern Language Studies, 51 (4). pp. 445-463


BA Belgrade; MA, PhD Rutgers

Research interests
  • comparative literature
  • modernism
  • psychoanalysis
  • women's and gender studies
  • the arts and transitional justice
Additional information

Sanja is currently supervising PhD theses by Eirini Apanomeritaki, Lin Su, Natalia Ciofu, and Stanislava Dikova.

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