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20th and 21st century literature in Portuguese
Spanish and German
literature and philosophy
sound studies
cultural history

Elena Dancu

PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature

Elena Dancu has been at Stanford since 2012. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and German at the University of Bucharest, Romania, and then went on to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where she finished her master's in Comparative Literature with distinction. Her master's dissertation, "Kafka by Borges", traced the reception of Franz Kafka's oeuvre in Argentina, primarily through the short stories and essays of Jorge Luis Borges. Currently, she is working on 20th century and contemporary narrative in the lusophone world and Spanish America, while maintaining a keen interest in Kafka and Paul Celan. She has five years of experience teaching foreign languages (English, German, Portuguese and Spanish) in Romania, Scotland, China and at Stanford. She is a dedicated educator who also volunteers as a teaching consultant for the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. She has worked as coordinator at the Center for the Study of the Novel at Stanford for two years. Currently, she is the new Graduate Director of Project Write at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. 


2011: MSc (Distinction) in Comparative and General Literature, University of Edinburgh
2009: B.A. in English and German, University of Bucharest