Corina M Stan

Corina M Stan

Associate Professor of English

External Address: 
311 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. - 3 ;00 p.m. and by appointment.

(919) 684-2741

Corina Stan grew up in Romania, studied in Germany, France, and the US, and taught for several years in the Netherlands. Trained as a comparatist, she works at the intersection of literature and the arts, with interests in continental philosophy and the sociology of intellectuals. 

Her first book, The Art of Distances (Northwestern University Press, 2018), identifies an insistent preoccupation with interpersonal distance in a strand of twentieth-century European and Anglophone literature, most notably in the work of George Orwell, Paul Morand, Elias Canetti, Iris Murdoch, Walter Benjamin, Annie Ernaux, Günter Grass, Damon Galgut, and others. In the problematic of distance – in the varied approaches these writers have taken to establishing the grammars, idioms, imaginaries and ethics of proximity, immersion, identification, hesitation with which we might engage one another, particularly in moments of social disruption and historical crisis – she reads an original reflection on the question of the ethical life, a nuanced and often moving contribution to the rethinking of community in the course of the past century. 

She is currently working on two other book projects. Distant, yet Contemporary: the Revolutionary Seventeenth Century in Fiction and Drama (1921-2012) examines historical novels and plays of the past century set during the English Civil War, the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution (1640-1688) with the aim to understand the sense of affinity that writers from Rose Macaulay and T. S. Eliot to David Caute and Iain Pears intimated between these two distant periods, bookending the period of Western modernity with an eye to its premises and to its missed opportunities. “Visions of the End of Culture: Civilization, Barbarism, and the Place beyond Forgiveness” (Arcadia, 2015) is the first part of a project that traces the history of the “end of culture” in the West, a most palpable anxiety in the contemporary context of the migration crisis. 

Previously at Duke, she taught courses in the Literature Program (Living with Others, Honors Thesis), the Thompson Writing Program (Stories from the Other Europe), and Women’s Studies (Upsetting Boundaries). In the English Department, she teaches Political Drama, Comparative Modernisms across the Arts, Community and Migration (cross-listed in Literature and Ethics), Nobel Literature, Theory and the Contemporary World and Culture, Civilization, World (Literature). 

In 2016-2017, she convened, with Toril Moi, the seminar “The Other” sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature.

Since 2017, she has been co-director of the Representing Migration Humanities Lab, funded by a Mellon grant.


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2010

Stan, C. M. “Review of Guillaume le Blanc, Fabienne Brugère, La Fin de l'hospitalité.” Critical Inquiry, University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Stan, C. M. “Review of Irving Goh, The Reject: Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject.” Mln (Modern Language Notes), Fordham UP, 2015, pp. 1242–47.

Stan, C. M. “Review of Barbara Johnson, A Life with Mary Shelley.” Contemporary Women’S Writing, vol. 9, no. 3, Standford UP, 2014, pp. 453–55.

Stan, C. “The lures of polyphony: Socrates, joyce, schoenberg.” Composing Modernist Connections in China and Europe, 2018, pp. 72–96. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780429485985. Full Text

Stan, C. M. “The Ship of Fools: Precarious Lives in 1660s/1980s Britain.” The Humble in 19th-to 21st-Centuries British Literature and Art, Montpellier: Presses de La Méditerranée, edited by I. Brasme et al., 2016.

Stan, C. M. “The Child at the Threshold: Benjamin's Berliner Kindheit um 1900 between Allegory and Aura.” Benjamin’s Figures, Traugott Bautz, 2015.

Stan, C. M. “The Representation of War in Literature, Film and New Media.” Global Challenges: Peace and War, Brill, 2013, pp. 89–103.

Stan, C. M. “The Bourgeois Art de Vivre as an Anachronism: On Roland Barthers's DOMESTIQUES.” A Leve Sammen. Roland Barthes, Individet Og Fellesskapet, edited by K. Stene-Johansen et al., Scandinavian Academic Press, pp. 218–28.

Stan, C. “A life without a shoreline: Tropes of refugee literature in Jenny Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 54, no. 6, Nov. 2018, pp. 795–808. Scopus, doi:10.1080/17449855.2018.1551272. Full Text

Stan, C. “Novels in the translation zone: Abbas Khider, weltliteratur, and the ethics of the passerby.” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 55, no. 2, Jan. 2018, pp. 285–302.

Stan, C. “A cast never on stage before: revolution, utopia and social critique in David Caute’s Comrade Jacob and Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.” European Journal of English Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 275–91. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13825577.2016.1230390. Full Text

Stan, C. M. “A Passionate Misunderstanding: Orwell’s Paris, Miller’s China.” English Studies, vol. 97, no. 3, Apr. 2016, pp. 298–316. Scopus, doi:10.1080/0013838X.2015.1131908. Full Text

Stan, C. M. “Listening with mental doors ajar, inter passive learning, political correctness: Rethinking the lecture today.” Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, vol. 7, no. 1, 2016, pp. 91–97.

Stan, C. “Visions of the end of culture: Civilization, barbarism, and the realm beyond forgiveness.” Arcadia, vol. 50, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 118–45. Scopus, doi:10.1515/arcadia-2015-0008. Full Text

Stan, C. “A sociality of distances: Roland Barthes and Iris Murdoch on how to live with others.” Mln  Modern Language Notes, vol. 129, no. 5, Dec. 2014, pp. 1170–98. Scopus, doi:10.1353/mln.2014.0099. Full Text

Stan, Corina. “England (as if) through the Eyes of a Foreigner: George Orwell’s Masquerade among the Poor of London.” Études Britanniques Contemporaines, no. 49, OpenEdition. Crossref, doi:10.4000/ebc.2657. Full Text

Bonnefoy, Y. “Yves Bonnefoy: o scurta introducere la opera poetica.” Poesis, Xiii, translated by C. M. Stan, 2002, pp. 134–35.

n/a, C. M. “Fabricado en Espana.” Echinox, Xxxi, translated by C. M. Stan, 1999, pp. 10–12.

Stan, C. M. “Speaking without Speaking: Stanislaw Lem's Book of Engrafted Wishes.” Books, Crooks and Readers:  The Seduction of Forgery, Leiden University Library.

Iniguez, D., et al. Dictionary of Art Historians. Edited by L. Sorensen, Lilly Library.

Iniquez, D., et al. Dictionary of Art Historians. Edited by L. Sorensen, Lilly Library.

n/a, C. M. “Women in the Dream-Theater of Strindberg and Adamov.” Echinox, translated by C. M. Stan, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 20–21.