I am a teacher and writer. I teach medieval literature at the University of Bonn, and write about literature, food, immigration, and dance.
My monograph, The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature, is forthcoming from Cambridge. I am also working on several edited projects: a special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum on “Women’s Arts of the Body,” an essay collection on Early English Poetics and the History of Style with Eric Weiskott, and a florilegium of Anglo-Saxon Women with Emily Butler and Hilary Fox. My scholarly articles have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, The Chaucer Review, Anglia, Exemplaria, Forum for Modern Languages, postmedieval, and in various collections.
Recently, I edited Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, a collection of essays and poems on the humanities in times of crisis. I have also published pieces in Longreads, the Atlantic, Yale Review, Southwest Review, Petits Propos Culinaires, the Washington Post, and Zócalo Public Square. My essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the James Beard Foundation’s MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, have received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for nonfiction, and been reprinted in Best American Essays 2016.
If you’d like to be in touch, just write me at irinaalexandradumitrescu(at)gmail.com. If you’d like a copy of anything I have published, feel free to write me too. (And if you previously wrote me and I didn’t respond, please do write again — wordpress’ email forwarding isn’t working.)
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