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Irene Ivanova Ivantcheva-Merjanska

Title: Asst Professor - Educator
Office: 710A Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-1835
Email: irene.ivantcheva-merjanska@uc.edu

Educator Assistant Professor and  French Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D. , U of Cincinnati, 2011 (French and Francophone literature).
  • Ph.D. , Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2001.
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies , U of Cincinnati, 2009.

Research Information

Research Interests

Foreign Language Teaching, Active Learning, French Language, Literature and Cinema,  Francophone Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, European Studies, Slavic Literatures.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • “Entre l’Algérie et la France: Saisies des seuils culturel et racial dans L’amour, la fantasia et Vaste est la prison d’Assia Djebar.” Cincinnati Romance Review31 (2011): 57-74. [Special Issue: Assia Djebar : Ecrivaine entre deux rives]
  • “Between Algeria and France: Assia Djebar’s Appropriations of Cultural and Racial Thresholds in Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade and So Vast the Prison.” - Cultural Dynamics of Gobalization and African Literature.  Trans. Janice Spleth. Eds. Sandra Dixon and Janice Spleth. African Literature Association Annual Series. Trenton, NJ:  Africa World Press, 2016, 155-182.
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    “Penser en nomade et dans l’autre langue le monde, la vie psychique et la littérature. ”
    Interview with Julia Kristeva (in collaboration with Michèle  E. Vialet). Special Issue Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought. Cincinnati Romance Review 35 (Spring 2013): 158-189.
     
  • “Cheminements vers l’identité européenne : l’autre langue, la psychanalyse, le dialogue  et le roman dans Meurtre à Byzance et dans des essais de Julia Kristeva.  Special Issue Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought. Cincinnati Romance Review 35 (Spring 2013): 49-74.
     

Peer Reviewed Conference/Workshop Proceedings

  •  “The dialectics between romantic and anti-romantic in the film A Heart in Winter by Claude Sautet.” Proceedings of the First Global Virtual Conference. Vol. 1, issue 1.  Zilina: EDIS - Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina (ISBN 978-80-554-0679-4), 2013,  227—229.

Books

  • Bregove na chuvstvoto. Glasove na jeni v balgarskata poesia.[Women’s voices in Bulgarian Poetry] -Sofia: Sofia University Publishing House, 1995. 
  • Ecrire dans l’autre  langue : Assia Djebar et  Julia Kristeva. Collection : Critiques littéraires. Paris : L’Harmattan, 2015. 270 p.
  • Glasove na jeni v balgarskata poesia. Aspekti na intertextualnostta [Women’s voices in Bulgarian Poetry.Aspects of Intertextuality]. Sofia: Porsveta, 2015. 460 p.

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Irene Ivantcheva-Merjanska (2009). “La notion de liberté, la psychanalyse et le roman: cheminements vers l’identité européenne dans l’œuvre de Julia Kristeva” . International Colloquium "Kristeva in Process" , Institut für Romanistik, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  • (2015). “Le regard multidimensionnel sur la maternité et les langues dans le roman Possessions de Julia Kristeva.” , The 35th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, April 9-11, 2015..
  • (2013). “The dialectics between romantic and anti-romantic in the film A Heart in Winter by Claude Sautet.” . First Global Virtual Conference Workshop Goce Delchev University Macedonia & THOMSON Ltd. Slovakia, April, 8 – 12, 2013..
  • (2008). “Visage de l’autre dans le génocide rwandais à travers des textes du programme littéraire Devoir de mémoire”, The 34th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (ALA), the Western Illinois University (WIU), Macomb, Illinois, April 22-27, 2008. .
  • (2008). “Studying Works of Black American Women Writers through the Symbolism of Space,” , The West Virginia Association of College English Teachers Spring Conference (WVACET),West Virginia University at Parkersburg, March 14-15, 2008. .
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  • (2009). Entre l’Algérie et la France: Saisies des seuils culturel et racial dans L’amour, la fantasia et Vaste est la prison d’Assia Djebar,”, The 62nd Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference (KFLC), University of Kentucky, April 16 –18, 2009..
  • (2012). “Leurs Etats-Unis: le regard existentialiste et marxiste de Simone de Beauvoir et le regard postmoderne de Thérèse-Migraine George,”, The 32nd Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, May 5, 2012..

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Dissertation Completion Fellowship by the Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati , 2010 to 2011.
  • University Research Council Award Graduate Student Grant , 2008.
  • University Research Council Award Graduate Student Grant , 2006.
  • Taft Conference Travel Grant for presenting at Humboldt University, Berlin. Presenting paper “La notion de liberté, la psychanalyse et le roman: cheminements vers l’identité européenne dans l’œuvre de Julia Kristeva” – International Colloquium "Kristeva in Process" - 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2009, Institut für Romanistik, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. .

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2011Adjunct Assistant Professor in French , U of Cincinnati.
  • 2003 to 2008, Instructor in French, U of Cincinnati.
  • 2017Educator Assistant Professor and French Coordinator, U of Cincinnati, RLL department.

Service

  • Editor, Cincinnati Romance Review 2005 to 2006
  • Co-Chair, Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures 05/10/2007 to 05/12/2007