Assistant Professor of Teaching
B.A., 2005, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania)
M.A., 2006, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania)
Ph.D., 2013, University of Memphis
Ana Gal's research focuses on Nineteenth-Century British literature, the Gothic tradition, and Cultural Studies. She is especially interested in how Western representations of monstrous bodies have evolved in literature, film, and television in relation to market forces and the pressures of consumerism since the nineteenth century. Her goal in the classroom is not only to foster intellectual openness but also to cultivate critical thinking and a passion for reading and writing. She has experience teaching a variety of courses, including British Literature Since 1750, The Vampire in Literature, Film, and Culture, Literary Heritage, Composition, and Developmental Writing.
- "Toxic Monogamy, Rape Culture, and Intra-Woman Violence in The Vampire Diaries and Twilight." Gothic Nostalgia, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
- "Tough Women, Patriarchal Violence, and the Problem of Non-Intersectional Feminism in Len Wiseman's Underworld Series." Gender Warriors: Reading Contemporary Urban Fantasy, Brill Publishers, 2018.
- "Good Bad Boys and the Women who Love Them: Romantic Triangulation and the Ideal of Conformist Assimilation in The Vampire Diaries and True Blood," Hero or Villain?: Essays on Dark Protagonists of Television, McFarland, 2017.
- "Performative Femininity and Female Invalidism in John Keats's 'La belle dame sans merci' and S.T. Coleridge's Christabel," Gender in the Vampire Narrative. Sense Publishers. 2016.
- "The Masks of Dracula: In Search of the Authentic Performative Dracula in Graphic Novel Adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula," Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works, McFarland, 2015.
- "The Social Modes of Heroization and Vilification in Stoker's Dracula, a Graphic Novel by Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano." International Journal of Comic Art. 2010.
- "Re-inventing Irishness in Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla." Journal of Dracula Studies. 2008.