Carmen-Veronica Borbely

Associate Professor


PhD, 2008, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj

MA, 1995, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj

BA, 1993, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj

Dr. Carmen-Veronica Borbely runs courses at BA and MA level in 18th-century English Literature, Gothic and Postmodernist Fiction in the English Department, the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. She received a Summa cum laude distinction for her PhD on Genealogies of Monstrosity: Constructions of Monstrous Corporeal Otherness in Contemporary British Fiction (2008), for which she conducted research as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford (2003-2004). In 2015 she was awarded the Prize of the Romanian Association of General and Comparative Literature for her book entitled Enlightened Forgetting. Tropes of Memory and Oblivion in 18th-Century British Fiction, Cluj, Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2014. She is affiliated with the Centre for the Research of the Contemporary British Novel (CCRBC), the Centre for European Modernism Studies (CEMS) and the Phantasma Centre for Imagination Research (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj). She is the editor of the English section of the academic journal Caietele Echinox and a member of the Global Outreach Board of Breac magazine (University of Notre Dame).

Research interests: 18th-century English literature, contemporary British fiction, Irish Gothic fiction, postmodernism, posthumanism, memory studies, globalism and the rhetoric of planetarity in the anthropocene.

Selected publications:

“Reimagining Modernity: Derealized Hinterlands in Patrick McCabe’s New Gothic Fiction,Transylvanian Review, vol. XXV, Supplement no. 1, 2016, pp. 209-218

“Body Drift: On the Precariousness of Posthuman Life in Never Let Me Go,” Caietele Echinox, vol. 29, 2015: “Utopia, Dystopia, Film”, pp. 242-251

Genealogies of Monstrosity: Constructions of Monstrous Corporeal Otherness in Contemporary British Fiction, Cluj-Napoca, Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2015 (ebook)

“Chorographies of the Mediterranean in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s The Turkish Embassy Letters,” in Babel Littératures Plurielles. Université de Toulon, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, “Horizons des mondes méditerranéen et atlantique: imaginaires comparés” N° 29, premier semestre 2014, pp. 233-250

Our Heteromorphic Future: Encoding the Posthuman in Contemporary British Fiction, Cluj-Napoca, Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2014 (co-authored with Petronia Popa Petrar)

“Troping the Monstrous Body Politic: H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895) and Alasdair Gray’s Lanark. A Life in Four Books (1981),” in Inversions of Power and Paradox: Studying Monstrosity, Edited by Jonathan A. Allan and Elizabeth E. Nelson, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012


Virgil Nemoianu, Triumful imperfectiunii. Vârsta de argint a temperantei socioculturale in Europa, in Trilogia Romantismului, Bucuresti, Editura Spandugino, 2014, pp. 561-951.