Corina M Stan

Office Hours: 

Thursdays 3-5:00 p.m.

Corina M Stan

Assistant Professor of English

External Address: 
311 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90014, Durham, NC 27708-0257
(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 project, The Art of Distances or, A Morality for the Everyday, 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), The Temptation of Innocence: Children in Literature and Film. 

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


  • Ph.D., Duke University 2010

Stan, C. "The lures of polyphony: Socrates, joyce, schoenberg." Composing Modernist Connections in China and Europe. January 1, 2018. 72-96. Full Text

Stan, CM. "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. Ed. I Brasme, M Ganteau, and C Reynier. 2016.

Stan, CM. "The Child at the Threshold: Benjamin's Berliner Kindheit um 1900 between Allegory and Aura." Benjamin's Figures. Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz, 2015.

Stan, CM. "The Representation of War in Literature, Film and New Media." Global Challenges: Peace and War. The Hague: Brill, 2013. 89-103.

Stan, CM. "The Bourgeois Art de Vivre as an Anachronism: On Roland Barthers's DOMESTIQUES." A Leve sammen. Roland Barthes, individet og fellesskapet. Ed. K Stene-Johansen, C Refsum, and J Schimanski. Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press. 218-228.

Bonnefoy, Y. "Yves Bonnefoy: o scurta introducere la opera poetica." Trans. CM Stan. Poesis, XIII (2002): 134-135. (Introduction)

n/a, . "Fabricado en Espana." Trans. CM Stan. Echinox, XXXI (1999): 10-12.

Stan, CM. "Speaking without Speaking: Stanislaw Lem's Book of Engrafted Wishes." Books, Crooks and Readers: The Seduction of forgery.

Iniguez, D, Cossio, M, Diaz, J, Bermudez, J, and Gomez-Moreno, D. "Dictionary of Art Historians." Ed. L Sorensen.

Iniquez, D, Bermudez, J, Cossio, M, Diaz, J, and Gomez-Moreno, D. "Dictionary of Art Historians." Ed. L Sorensen.

n/a, . "Women in the Dream-Theater of Strindberg and Adamov." Trans. CM Stan. Echinox 10.12: 20-21.