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Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Glavanakova, PhD

Alexandra Glavanakova

Assoc. Prof. Alexandra K. Glavanakova, PhD


Alexandra Konstantinova Glavanakova

Department of English and American Studies

St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia

15 Tsar Osvoboditel blvd.

Sofia 1504, Bulgaria

Tel.: (+359 2) 9308 429



My main areas of research are in the field of transcultural studies and posthumanism, the philosophy of technology, and the major cultural shifts in literacy, education, literary studies, the creation and reception of texts under the impact of digital technology. I have been involved in a number of projects on e-learning and digital culture, and teach courses in digital culture and literature in the age of the Internet. My PhD thesis examines the evolution of cybertexts and the re/positioning of the body in cyberspace. My professional expertise includes teaching and research in postmodern American literature; popular culture of the US and Canada; immigration, race and ethnicity in the U.S.A. and Canada; the history of immigration from Eastern Europe to the U.S.A.; the study of the Bulgarian Diaspora in the U.S. and Canada. I am currently working on a project aimed at exploring transcultural reflections / refractions of terrorism, immigration and racism in the Bulgarian and North American contexts.


  • Salzburg Global Seminar – American Studies Association: Resistance and Readiness: Immigration, Nativism and the Challenge of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the US. And Europe Today, September 27 – October 1, 2012, Salzburg, Austria.
  • PhD, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Department of English and American Studies. PhD Thesis: “Transformations of the Body in Cyberspace: From Print Literature to Cyberliterature”, June 2010.
  • ICCS Grant under the Faculty Enrichment Program for developing a new course in Canadian studies “Popular Culture and Politics: The Canadian Perspective”, Canada, August – September 2009.
  • Fulbright American Studies Institute on Contemporary American Literature “Redefining American Spaces: The City, the Land, and the Body” held from June 30 to August 12, 2003 in Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois and Colorado, U.S.A.,
  • Salzburg Seminar – American Studies Center: “The Continuous Challenge of America’s Ethnic Diversity”, 23 Feb. – 2 March 2002.
  • Seminar “What is an American?” September 19 – 23, 2001. Pulawy, Poland
  • University of Wolverhampton, School of languages and European Studies. Great Britain. Retraining/updating course for University teachers of English language as part of TEMPUS PHARE JEP No7604 (27th April – 25th May 1997).
  • MA thesis “Black Female Stereotypes in The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Beloved by Toni Morrison” October 1989, Department of English and American Studies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”



Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Department of English and American Studies

from 1991 onward:


BA courses:

  • 20th century Literature of the USA
  • 19th century Literature of the USA
  • Introduction to US Cultural Studies
  • Canada: Society, Culture and Politics


MA courses:

  • Digital Culture
  • American Popular Culture
  • Literature in the Age of the Internet
  • Multimodal Writing



Transcultural Imaginings. Translating the Other, Translating the Self in Narratives about Migration and Terrorism. Sofia: KX – Critique and Humanism Publishing House, 2016. ISBN: 978-954-587-201-3.

“Transgressive Art and Terrorism”, Proceedings of the Jubilee Conference of the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philologies, Sofia University, 3 April 2015, Sofia: Sofia University Press. Филологията – Класическа и нова. Юбилейна научна конференция на Факултета по класически и нови филологии. Съставител: проф. Димитър Веселинов. Университетско Издателство “Св. Климент Охридски”, София, 2016. 648-665. ISBN: 978-954-07-4082-9.

Posthuman Transformations: Bodies and Texts in Cyberspace. Sofia: Sofia University Press. 2014. ISBN 978-954-07-3869-7.

“American Gothic Revisited: Paul Auster’s Man in the Dark.The Contemporary 19th Century. (eds.) Ralitsa Muharska and Rositsa Ishpekova. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2015. 87-96. ISBN: 978-954-07-4011-9.

“Cultural Translation: Miroslav Penkov’s East of the West”. Liber Amicorum: on the 80th anniversary of prof. Bistra Alexieva. (ed.) Diana Yankova.

“Bulgarian Diaspora in Canada”, Migrating Memories: Central Europe in Canada. Volume 1 – Literary Anthology. (ed.) Vesna Lopicic. Brno/Nis: SVEN, 2010. ISBN 978-86-7746-233-8

“The Bulgarian Diaspora in Canada: Stories of Immigration”, Migrating Memories: Central Europe in Canada. Volume 2 – Oral Histories. (ed.) Rodica Albu. Brno/Nis: SVEN, 2010. ISBN 978-86-7746-255-0

“A Quest for Harmony: Bulgarians Writing in Canada”, Proceedings. Managing Diversity and Social Cohesion, 5th International Conference of Central European Canadianists, 16-18 October 2009, Sofia. (ed.) Diana Yankova, Brno: Masaryk University, 2010. ISBN: 978-80-210-5270-3.

“Writing the Deviant Body in Cyberliterature”, Gender/Genre. (eds.) Kornelia Slavova, Isabelle Boof-Vermesse, Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-954-07-3026-4.

“Рецензия за сборника “Канада – поглед отвън.” Списание Език и литература,“Канада: позната и непозната”, кн. 1-2 (28. 07. 2008) Review of the collection “Canada: A View from Without. Un Regard D’Ailleurs, ed. Diana Yankova. Sofia: New Bulgarian University. Language and Literature. Issue on Canada 1-2 (July 28, 2008).

“Колективното творчество в интернет или как “милион пингвини” написаха отворен роман.” Списание Литературата, год. I , кн. 2 (2007), 7-17, ISSN 1313-1451. “Collaborative writing on the Internet or how ‘a million penguins’ wrote an open novel.” Literature, 1.2 (2007) 7-17.

“Тялото в киберпространството: от Уилям Гибсън до Талан Мемот”,Словото класическо и ново. Юбилейна конференция на Факултета по класически и нови филологии 2005 г., том I, София: Университетско издателство “Св. Климент Охридски,” 2007. ISBN: 978-954-07-2525-3. “The Body in Cyberspace: from William Gibson to Talan Memmot.” Conference proceedings, vol 1. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2007.

“Reading America Hypertextually”,In Politics [AND/IN] Aesthetics. Selected Papers from the International Conference, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, June 4-9, 2005. (ed.) Litsa Trayiannoudi. Thessaloniki, 2007. ISBN: 978-960-243-632-5.

“Cyborg Body Politics” in Bulgarian Journal of American and Transatlantic

Studies, 1, 12 Dec. 2006, <>

“За книжното тяло и четенето до забрава”, Vox Literarum 3, 2004, pp. 80-87, ISSN 1312-2207. “On the Textual Body and Getting Lost in a Book, Vox Literarum 3, 2004, pp. 80-87, ISSN 1312-2207

“Body Webs: Re/constructing Boundaries in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl”, Journal of American Studies of Turkey , 18, Fall 2003, pp. 65-79, ISSN 1300-6606

“American Readings of Cyberspace”, International Conference “America in the 21st Century” of the Bulgarian-American Studies Association, Sofia, 21-22 November 2003. CD-Rom edition

“Interpreting Literary Machines”, inDialogues: American Studies in an International Context. Proceedings of the Jubilee Conference ofthe Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, November, 1-3 2002, (ed.) M. Katsarska, Plovdiv: Zombori, 2002. ISBN: 954-91615-1-X.

“Getting Lost in Hyperfiction”, ed. Kornelia Slavova, Essays in American Studies: Postmodern Perspectives. Sofia: Polis Press, 2003, pp. 145-159 ISBN 954-91011-8-5.

“Reading for Cultural Knowledge”, Conference Proceedings, Interactive Teaching Tools: Focus on Intercultural Communication, Rostov State Pedagogical University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia 6-8 May 2002.

“From ‘Dirty Fairy Tale’ to ‘Promised Land’ – the Bulgarian Exodus,” America Imagined. Selected Conference Papers. American University in Bulgaria. Blagoevgrad, October 18-21, 2001. (ed. et al.) Vernon Pedersen. Blagoevgrad: American University in Bulgaria. 2001

“A Post-Totalitarian Mis/Reading of Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy,” in Essays in American Studies. Cross-Cultural Perspectives. (ed.) Madeleine Danova. Sofia: Polis, 2001. pp. 107-123. ISBN 954-90728-6-X


Membership in scholarly societies:

  • Bulgarian American Studies Association
  • Bulgarian Society for British Studies
  • Central-European Association for Canadian Studies
  • Bulgarian Fulbright Alumni Association
  • European Ambassador for Bulgaria of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)
  • Executive Director of Academic Foundation of English and American Studies (AFEAS) / Управител на Фондация “Университетска Англицистика и Американистика” (ФУАА)


  • National coordinator of the project of the Central European Association for Canadian Studies “Central Europe in Canada” dedicated to the study of diasporic communities of Central European countries in Canada, 2007-2010.                            Участник и национален координатор на международния проект на Централно европейската асоциация по канадски изследвания за събиране на устната и писмена история на диаспорите на страните от централна и източна Европа, 2007 – 2010.
  • Project participant: “The Dynamics of Computer-mediated Communication among University students in English Studies: cultural, language and interpersonal models” (2012) Участие в проект “Динамика на компютърно-опосредстваната комуникация при студентите англицисти: културологични, лингвистични и междуличностни модели”, Договор ДДВУ02/95, 2012.
  • Project participant: “Adapting the MA Program “Language and Culture” at the Department of English and American Studies of Sofia University to computer-mediated forms of distance education” (2012) Участие в проект 164 от 05.04.2012 “Адаптиране на магистърска програма “Език и култура” (английски език) за дистанционно електронно обучение”
  • Project participant: Sustainable development of human resources for the purposes of higher education of and in foreign languages at the Faculty of Classical and New Philologies of Sofia University through the development and implementation  of computer-mediated forms of distance education” with the financial support of the operational program “Human Resources Development” and co-financed by the European Social Fund of the EU (2013-2014) Участие в проект № BG051PO001-4.3.04-0057 „Устойчиво развитие на човешките ресурси за целите на университетското образование по/на различни езици във Факултета по класически и нови филологии чрез разработване и внедряване на електронни форми на дистанционно обучение” с финансовата подкрепа на Оперативна програма „Развитие на човешките ресурси“, съфинасирана от Европейския социален фонд на Европейския съюз (2013-2014)
  • Project coordinator: “Innovative Methods for Improving the Quality of Teaching at the Department of English and American Studies at Sofia University” (2013-2015) Координатор на проект на ФУАА “Иновативни методи и технологии за подобряване качеството на преподаване в Катедрата по англицистика и американистика на СУ Св. Климент Охридски” с финансираща страна: Фондация „Америка за България”, грант 0086.20130412 (2013-2015)

TRANSLATIONSfrom Bulgarian into English:

  • Петко Добчев, Благовеста Балканджиева. Висш адвокатски съвет. 1925-2010. Юбилеен алманах. Двуезично издание. Сиби, София. 2012. Petko Dobchev, Blagovesta Balkandzhieva. Supreme Bar Council, 1925-2010. Jubilee Edition, Sofia: Sibi, 2012.
  • Чикаго – Българският град. Редактори Климент Величков, Динко Динев, Симеон Стоилов, том първи, превод Александра Главанакова и Божил Христов. София, 2014. Chicago – The Bulgarian City. (ed. et. al.) Kliment Velichkov. Sofia, 2014.


TRANSLATIONS from English into Bulgarian:

  • Stephen King. The Dark Half. Viking Press. 1989. (translated as Стивън Кинг. “Тъмната половина”. КФ “Плеяда-прес”. София. 1992).
  • Stephen King. The Stand. The Complete and Uncut edition. Part II. Doubleday. 1990. (translated as Стивън Кинг. “Сблъсък”. ИК “Плеяда”. София. 1996).
  • Oscar Hijuelos. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. N.Y Farrar, Straus, Giroux. 1989. (translated as Оскар Ихуелос. “Мамбо Кингс”. ИК “Плеяда 7”. София. 1993).
  • Evan Hunter. Criminal Conversation. Hui Corporation, Warner Books, Inc. 1994. (translated as Eвън Хънтър. “Уликата”. ИК “Плеяда”. София 1995.)
  • Jack Higgins. Thunderpoint. Septembertide Publishing, B.V. 1993. (translated as Джек Хигинс “Когато тайните изплуват”. ИК “Плеяда”. София 1996).
  • Jack Kerouac. Visions of Cody. (translated as Джак Керуак. Видения за Коди. Изд. “Парадокс”, 2004, ISBN 954-553-071-5)
  • Woody Allen, Mere Anarchy. (translated as Уди Алън. “Внимание, падащи магнати,” Пълна Анархия, том 2. Книгоиздателска къща “Труд”, София, 2008, ISBN: 978-954-528-778-7r).
  • Charlotte Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper. 1892. (translated as Шарлот Гилмън. „Жълтият тапет“,, April 27, 2012. LitClub ISSN 1313-4124.
  • Leila Meacham. Tumbleweeds. 2012 (translated as Лийла Мийчъм. Тръни в пустошта. ИК „Бард“, 2013 ISBN 978-954-655-365-2)


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