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Dr. Roxana Cazan

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    Position: Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies

    Department: Literature and Languages, Francis Worldwide, Women's Studies

    Office: Scotus Hall 307

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    About Dr. Roxana Cazan


    • Ph.D., English Literature - Indiana University Bloomington (2014) 
    • M.F.A., Creative Writing - Indiana University Bloomington (2009)
    • M.A., English - University of Louisville, Kentucky (2006) 
    • B.A., English and Romanian - Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania (2003)


    Born and raised in Romania, Dr. Roxana Cazan is an Assistant Professor of English specializing in comparative ethnic, world, and post-colonial literature and creative writing (poetry) at Saint Francis University. She received her M.A. in English studies with emphasis in rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville, KY, and her M.F.A. in creative writing with emphasis in poetry from Indiana University Bloomington. Her poetry was published in Sojourn, The Portland Review, The Madison Review, Barnwood International, Harpur Palate, and Allegro. Lastly, her translation of Matei Visniec’s “Teeth” from Romanian into English was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dr. Cazan also graduated with her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014. Her scholarly work was published or is forthcoming in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Neophilologus, and Comparative Literature Studies.

    Academic & Professional Specializations

    • post-colonial literature
    • creative writing
    • world literature
    • women and gender, feminism and motherhood studies
    • Romanian/post-communist studies
    • American and ethnic-American literature
    • diaspora
    • immigration studies

    Teaching Interests

    • world literature
    • post-colonialism
    • global feminisms
    • english composition
    • creative writing poetry workshop

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    • Scholarly Publications & Translations
    • Poetry Publications
    • Academic Conference Papers & Presentations
    • Readings & Talks
    • Reviews
    • Activities
    Scholarly Publications & Translations
    • “Breaking the Chain of Silence: Political Activism and Social Justice in Omar Offendum’s Syrian-American Hip-Hop” co-authored with Harry Olafsen, Mohammed Ali, Mikayla McCord, American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 2017.
    • “Of Bodies, Borders, and European Belonging: Trial of a Child Denied and the Sterilization of Roma Mothers in the Czech Republic,” Mothers, Mothering and Globalization, Ed. Dorsía Smith Silva, Laila Malik, and Abigail Palko, Toronto: Demeter Press, 2017. Print.
    • “Didactic Motherhood: Unburdening Postmemory in Anca Vlasopolos's Memoir No Return Address,” Studies in American Jewish Literature 36 (2), 2017.
    • "What shall we hear of this:’ Understanding Judgment, Consciousness, and Epilepsy in William Shakespeare’s Tragedies,” Neophilologus 98 (3), September 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s11061-013-9370-4. Web.
    • “Constructing Spaces of Dissent in Communist Romania: Ruined Bodies and Clandestine Spaces in Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Gabriela Adameșteanu’s ‘Brief Hospitalization,’” Women Studies Quarterly 39 (3&4), 2011. Print. ​
    Poetry Publications
    • “Refugee.” Adanna Literary Journal. Issue 7, 2017. Print.
    • "The Village of Missing Pronouns." Watershed Review, May, 2017. Print.
    • “Gardening,” Peeking Cat Anthology, October, 2016.
    •  “Dreaming of Stockholm,” “Recognize,” “Fig Tree,” In Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Ed. Anna Faktorovich, 8.1 (2016), 32-38.
    • *“Chernobyl,” Allegro Poetry 5(2015).
    • *“Otherwordly. A cancer poem,” “Poem with Birds,” “In the Waiting Room,” “On Fearing that the Ganges Might Twist Your Mind. A Poem about Inter-cultural Doubts,” “Arm Surgery in Bloomington, Indiana,” “Onion,” and “Communist Hymn,” American, British, and Canadian Studies 22, 2014. Print.
    • *“Imagined Kinship” and “Words on a Wire from Iraq,” Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, 1(1-310) 2010. Web
    • *“Teeth” by Andrei Visniec, Translation, Sojourn 21, 2009: 129-136. Print.


    Academic Conference Papers & Presentations
    • “Lowering My Feminist Guard in the Catholic Classroom: The Vagina Monologues and the Feminist Other,” English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities Conference, Clarion University, PA 2016.
    • “Toward a Sexual Democracy: Recognizing Sexuality as a Platform for Legal, Political, and Social Agency in Kathryn Knott’s Gay-Assault Trial,”LGBT Roundtable at Saint Francis University, PA 2016
    • Appreciating Cultural Difference: Multicultural Day and “Intersectional Pedagogies” at Saint Francis University roundtable discussant at the Association for General and Liberal Studies 55th Annual Meeting, 2015. 
    • *“Exclusionary Citizenship, Epistemic Violence, and Reproductive Constraints: Being Roma in the Contemporary Czech Republic,” Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood In Literature, Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
    • *“Undoing Postmemory and the Struggles of Memoir,” NeMLA, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2014. 
    • No Return Address and Anca Vlasopolos’ “Ransom” (Rescue) of Jewish Women,” 6th Annual Romanian Studies Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, IN 2013.
    • *“From Silence to Illocution: Romanian Communist Reproduction, Women’s Resistance, and Narrative,” The International Congress on Romanian Studies, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, 2012.
    • “Undoing Communist Reproduction in Literature from the Diaspora: The Case of Black Sea Twilight by Domnica Radulescu,”5th Annual Romanian Studies Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, IN 2012.
    • *“Yugonostalgia: A Spatial and Bodily Consideration of Nationalism and Women’s Dissidence in Dubravka Ugresic’s Novel The Ministry of Pain,” NeMLA, Rutgers University, NJ 2011.
    Readings & Talks
    • A Poetry Reading, Saint Francis University, PA, Spring 2015.
    • “Translating Gabriela Adamesteanu,” The 3rd Annual Romanian Student Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, IN 2010.
    • *“Words in the Middle, a poetry reading,” the 20th Century Conference on Literature and Culture, University of Louisville, KY 2009.
    • Review of Speaking the Earth’s Languages: A Theory for Australian-Chilean Postcolonial Poetics, Stuart Cooke, Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2013, Comparative Literature Studies, forthcoming.
    • I Scrape the Window of Nothingness: A Poetics of Voice,” The Chattahoochee Review, 2015.
    • "Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: The Voices of Women in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence," directed by Drs. Nabil Boudraa and Joseph Krause, National Endowment for the Humanities seminar,  Oregon State University, 2017
    • Graduate of the International School for Holocaust Studies Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
    • Multicultural Committee member and organizer of the Multicultural Week at Saint Francis University
    • Resource Committee member at Saint Francis University
    • Executive Board member for the Society for Romanian Studies