Alexandra Dumitrescu is a literary theorist and poet. She is currently finalizing a PhD thesis on Metamodernism in Literature with the University of Otago. She has taught English, Academic and Creative Writing at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Alchemy in Film and Literature, and Experience in Blake and Roy, and European Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Alexandra’s thesis proposes the concept of metamodernism in literature and explores some of its features based on a comparative study of the representations of the self in the works of Blake, Roy and Tournier.
Alexandra had the intuition of a new paradigm emerging in literature and culture as early as 2001, when she called this paradigm metamodernism, and initiated a research project to define and investigate it.
She first published her findings in the framework of literary theory in a paper on James Joyce (2005) and further developed them in two 2006-2007 articles. An earlier avatar of her research project on metamodernism in literature and culture is stored in the Codrescu collection 1929-2004 at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript.
The term has been used in arts, but there is no sustained study to date of metamodernism in literature.