Ana Ilievska

Advisor: Armando Maggi

Cohort Year: Autumn 2013

Ana Ilievska is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, focusing on Italian and Lusophone literatures, and currently conducting dissertation research in Italy (Sicily) on a Fulbright fellowship (2018-2019). She is particularly interested in the ways in which new literary protagonists (machines, things, children, peasants, workers, refugees) enter the world of fiction and receive a voice, destabilizing existing hierarchies in literature and society alike. While her MA-thesis focused on the voice of the child-hero in the contemporary novel, her dissertation traces the “voices” of technology by studying human-machine interactions in novels from Italy and Portugal written during the Second Industrial Revolution. In “Voices of Flesh and Steel: Human-Machine Interactions in Novels from Italy and Portugal during the Second Industrial Revolution,” she is outlining literary models for alternative attitudes towards technology, and is working towards the reconstruction of a wider, technological, Southern European imaginary (“pensiero meridiano”). Ana is fluent in several European languages, and has taught Italian, Portuguese, and German at high-school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Further research interests include: philosophy of technology; sound studies; noise; ecocriticism; posthumanism; literature and Artificial Intelligence; liminality; mimesis; narratology; history and theory of the novel; the 19th century novel in Europe, the US, and Brazil; the contemporary Luso-African novel; Italian women writers; autodidacticism; Mediterranean and Balkan studies.


Teaching Experience:


  • Italian 103 (Spring 2018)
  • "Literature and Technology: Machines, Humans, and the European Novel from Frankenstein to the Futurists" (Winter 2018)

Language Assistant

  • Intensive Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages (Summer 2017, 2018)
  • Beginning to Intermediate Italian (Winter 2016)
  • Advanced Portuguese (Spring 2015)
  • Elementary and Advanced German (2008-2009, Brescia, Italy)

Course Assistant

  • The Nuclear Age (Fall 2017)
  • Machiavelli and Machiavellism (Spring 2017)
  • Brazilian Avant-Gardes (Winter 2017)
  • Renaissance Demonology (Spring 2016)


MA, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 2013

Yale University, Baden-Württemberg Academic Exchange 2012-2013

BA, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 2011