Name and title: Senior Lecturer Vitana Kostadinova, PhD

 

Any additional position: Academic Secretary of the English Department at the Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv; Examiner on the Board of English for PhD candidates at the Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv.

 

E-mail: vitana_kostadinova [at] yahoo.co.uk

 

Research interests: British Romanticism; Reception Studies; Translation and Culture.

 

Subjects currently taught:

BA Courses:

MA Courses:

  • British Literature;

  • Translation and Culture;

  • English Practice.

 

Major Publications:

Books:

  • Work in progress: a monograph on Jane Austen in translation.

  • Author of Byron in Bulgarian Context: Footprints on the Sands of Time. Plovdiv: Pygmalion, 2009. [a monograph in Bulgarian]

  • Co-editor of Byron and the Isles of Imagination: A Romantic Chart. Plovdiv: Context, 2009. [a collection of essays]

 

Essays:

  • "Jane Austen Adapted: Female Lifestyles in Pride and Prejudice and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries". Growing up a Woman: The Private/Public Divide in the Narratives of Female Development. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, forthcoming.

  • "Paratexts and Readers: Austen's Northanger Abbey and the Explanatory Notes in the Bulgarian Translations of the Novel". Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Research Papers – Languages and Literature, Vol. 52, Book 1, 2014, forthcoming.

  • "Translations of Jane Austen's Persuasion into Bulgarian". Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Research Papers – Languages and Literature, Vol. 51, Book 1, Part C. Plovdiv, 2013, 119-130.

  • "Persuasion in Bulgaria: Transplanting Romanticism." – Peregrinations of the Text: Reading, Translation, Rewriting. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2013, 375-381.

  • "Illustrations as Translations: Pride and Prejudice". The Female Spectator. Chawton House Library, Vol. 17, No 2, Summer 2013, 3-4.

  • "Byron as an Institution in Bulgarian Literary Histories". The Place of Lord Byron in World History: Studies in his Life, Writings and Influence – Selected Papers from the 35th IBC in Messolonghi, Greece, Edwin Mellen Press, 2013, 49-60.

  • "Jane Austen and Translatability: Pride and Prejudice Illustrated". Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Research Papers – Languages and Literature, Vol. 50, Book 1, Part D. Plovdiv, 2012, 195-205.

  • "Meaningful Absences: Byron in Bulgaria". Contexts, Subtexts, and Pretexts: Literary Translation in Eastern Europe. Ed. Brian James Baer. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011, pp. 219-232.

  • "The East as an Island and Inspiration". In Byron and the Isles of Imagination, eds. Alistair Heys and Vitana Kostadinova. Plovdiv: Context Press, 2009, pp. 176-202.

  • "Myth and Ideology: British Romanticism in Comparative Literature textbooks". English Studies On This Side: Post-2007 Reckonings. Eds. Suman Gupta and Milena Katsarska. Plovdiv: Plovdiv University Press, 2009, pp. 283-296.

  • "Shelley's Heart of Hearts in Bulgaria". In The Reception of Shelley in Europe, eds. Susanne Schmid and Michael Rossington, 2008, pp. 247-257.

  • "Byron's Manfred in Bulgarian Context." In Literaturna missal, 2008, no 1, pp. 161-185. [in Bulgarian]

  • "Byronic Ambivalence in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage IV". In: The Byron Journal, vol. 35, no 1, 2007, pp. 11-18.

  • "The Rise of the Sublime and the Fall of History." Selected Proceedings of the 30th International Byron Conference "Byron and the Romantic Sublime". In Revue de l'Université de Moncton, Moncton: University of Moncton Press, 2005, 189-202.

  • "Images of Byron in Bulgaria". In: Cardwell, Richard (ed.) The Reception of Byron in Europe, vol. II: Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004, pp. 353-364.

  • "Romantic attitudes Towards Evil in Anticipation of Moral relativism." In Dialogues: American Studies in an International Context, Conference proceedings, Plovdiv, 2002, pp. 193-198.

  • "Byron in Bulgaria: The Unrecognised Legacy of Byron's Name in Literary Criticism." In: Societe Francaise des etudes Byroniennes. Bulletin de liaison, vol viii, No 3, automne 2002, pp. 113-123.

  • "Images of America, or the American Presence in the Bulgarian Revival Period." In: Danova M. (ed.) Essays in American Studies: Cross - Cultural Perspectives, Polis Publishers, Sofia, 2001, pp. 13-30.

 

Selected Translations:

 

  • MIGRATION, MEMORY, HERITAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL APPROACHES TO THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER. Edited by Valentina Ganeva-Raycheva, Meglena Zlatkova. English translation: Vitana Kostadinova, Milena Katsarska, Nikolai Vukov, 2012. BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, INSTITUTE OF ETHNOLOGY AND FOLKLORE STUDIES WITH ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM, Sofia, IEFSEM – BAS, 2012, http://2sidesborder.org/migration%20EN/index.html

  • Zlatkova, Meglena. Ethnosociology of the City. English translation: Vitana Kostadinova. Plovdiv, 2012.

 

Projects:

  • 2013-2015: on the team working on The Ivan Shishmanov Virtual Library.

  • 2010-2012: on the team working on The Reception of Ancient Greek Drama in Bulgaria.

  • 2009-2010: on the team working on The Reception of Oedipus Rex in Bulgaria.

  • 2005-2008: on the team working on The Reception of Shelley in Europe with a contribution on the reception of Shelley in Bulgaria.

  • 2001 – 2005: on the team working on The Reception of Byron in Europe with a contribution on the images of Byron in Bulgaria.

 

Membership in Academic and Professional Institutions, Bodies and Organizations:

  • Academic Circle of Comparative Literature, since 2011;

  • British Association for Romantic Studies, since 2006;

  • International Byron Society, since 2001;

  • Bulgarian Society for British Studies – the Bulgarian national association, which is a member of ESSE, since 2000;

  • The Union of Scholars in Bulgaria, since 1999.

 

Awards and Fellowships:

  • 2012 – Chawton House Library Fellowship

  • 2005 – Professional development grant by the Academic Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute.

  • 2004 – Teaching fellowship by the Academic Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute.

  • 2001 – Fellowship for full-time studies in the Romanticism and Forms of Modernity MPhil programme at the University of Glasgow.