Otilia Baraboi

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Otilia Baraboi

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PDL A-210H


Ph.D. French Studies, University of Washington, 2010
D.E.A. (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies); French Literature, University of Geneva, 2004
M.A. French Studies, University of Washington, 2003
B.A. French and English Language and Literature, University, “Al.I. Cuza”, Iasi, Romania, 2000

Otilia Baraboi holds university degrees in French Literature from Romania, Switzerland and the United States. Her field of specialization is 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature with a particular focus on Eastern European writers in Paris, language ideology, bilingualism, Translation and Diaspora Studies. She wrote articles on Assia Djebar, Cioran and post-colonial thought and published short fiction in Romanian. Her PhD dissertation “Language and Untranslatability: Cioran’s Self-Translation into French” explores the role of translation in shaping our views of world literature. She is currently working on the English translation of a collection of texts that she co-authored about women’s experience during Communist Romania. 

Otilia Baraboi is also the president and co-founder of American Romanian Cultural Society, a local non-profit that organizes a Romanian Film Festival in partnership with SIFF and many other educational and cultural projects among which the first Romanian-language school in Washington State.