Associate Director, Institute for World Literature
Associate Professor, University of Bucharest
Delia Ungureanu is Associate Director of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature and Associate Professor of Literary Theory in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Bucharest. She is the author of From Paris to Tlön: Surrealism as World Literature(Bloomsbury, 2017), and of Poetica Apocalipsei: Războiul cultural în revistele literare românești (1944–1947)(The Poetics of Apocalypse: The cultural war in Romanian literary magazines, 1944-1947, Bucharest UP, 2012). She has published essays on canon formation, modern poetry and poetics, Shakespeare, and Nabokov, and has coedited with Thomas Pavel Romanian Literature in Today’s World, a special issue of the Journal of World Literature. Her most recent book, Time Regained: World Literature and Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2021), redefines the artistic object beyond disciplinary borders with major filmmakers including Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Raúl Ruíz, Wong Kar Wai, Stephen Daldry, and Paolo Sorrentino. By bringing together film with poetry, literature, painting, music and photography, they create a new type of object that no one discipline can do justice to. Together with Gisèle Sapiro she has coedited a special issue of the Journal of World Literature dedicated to the memory and legacy of Pascale Casanova. With Michael Wood, she has coedited a special issue of the Journal of World Literature dedicated to the organic relation between literature and cinema.
Founded as a graduate program in 1904 and joining with the undergraduate Literature Concentration in 2007, Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature operates at the crossroads of multilingualism, literary study, and media history.