Dr Irina Popescu

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Dr Irina Popescu
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    4.403, Colchester Campus


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  • 21st century American literature
  • 9/11 and the "War on Terror" in literature


Maria-Irina Popescu is currently an AHRC CHASE-funded doctoral researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Essex, UK. Teaching responsibilities: LT204 Approaches to Text (Autumn Term, 2017-2018); LT161 Introduction to U.S. Literature (Autumn Term, 2016-2017); LT182 Close Reading Skills (Spring Term, 2016-2017). Publications: Article: Reimagining traitors: Pearl Abrahams American Taliban and the case of John Walker Lindh (forthcoming, Journal of American Studies, CUP); Book review, Terence McSweeney, The War on Terror and American Film: 9/11 Frames per second (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014) Terence McSweeney (ed.), In the Shadow of 9/11: American Cinema in the 'War on Terror' Era (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016)European Journal of American Culture, Vol. 36, No.2 (June 2017) pp.159-186. Intellect Ltd. Conference and symposia talks: I have delivered papers at BAAS, IBAAS, and BCLA conferences, symposia at UEA, University of Sussex, and UCL Institute of the Americas, and postdoctoral conferences and research seminars at the University of Essex. Conference organising: 2017: Member of the organising committee for the BAAS postgraduate conference We hold these truths to be self-evident: Post-Truth & American Myths (co-sponsored by AHRC CHASE DTP and the University of Essex), 25-26 November 2017, University of Essex; 2013-2014: Member of the organising committee for the BCLA postgraduate conference Evolution & Revolution, 10-11 July 2014, University of Essex. Professional affiliations: AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) Member of BAAS (British Association for American Studies) Member of BACLS (British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies)


  • BA in Literature and Art History (First Class) University of Essex (2012)

  • MA in Literature (Distinction) University of Essex (2015)

  • AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) University of Essex (2017)

Research and professional activities


The Homegrown Terrorist: Perspectives on Contemporary Myths in United States Literature

This thesis aims to establish the extent to which creative practitioners demonstrate, in their novels, a critical understanding of the post – “9/11” era by resisting the allure of pre-packaged mythological narratives and by transforming their literary fiction into an instrument of resistance against the dominant ideology of ‘us versus them’. The ‘homegrown terrorist’ protagonist functions as a barometer in this inquiry.

Supervisor: Dr Owen Robinson

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