Cristina Cheveresan is an Assistant Professor at the West University of Timisoara, Romania. She teaches modern and contemporary American literature and culture, and is Assistant Director of the MA programme in American Studies. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and is currently a Fulbright Ambassador.

American Studies in Europe: Interview with Cristina Cheveresan, West University of Timisoara, Romania

My study of the United States itself has inevitably included questions of language, particularly due to my special focus on ethnic and immigrant literature(s), which feature such issues prominently, as part of the intricate experience of self-articulation, self-adaptation, and self-definition. As an element of effective communication and as an essential marker of belonging, language shapes individual and communal experiences. In the context of literary and cultural studies, its importance becomes easily apparent, as it can equally unite and segregate, depending on the circumstances. It can serve noble and perverse purposes alike, it lies at the heart of both illumination and indoctrination, and therefore mastery of language is a most powerful tool. Continue reading