Elena ILINA

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Elena ILINA
Part-time Professor

2009 – Ph.D., English, University of Ottawa 2000 – M.A., English, McMaster University, Hamilton 1999 – B.A. (Honours), English, McMaster University, Hamilton 1983 – B.A., Simultaneous Interpretation, The Foreign Languages University, Moscow, Russia
1981 – B.A., Translation of Technical and Scientific Texts, Foreign Languages University, Moscow, Russia 1976 – M.A., Chemical Engineering, Institute of Fine Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia

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Work E-mail: eilina@uottawa.ca

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Biography

Member of SUS (Society for Utopian Studies)

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My research interests focus on the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature with a special emphasis on writers of utopian/dystopian fiction.  My doctoral work explored the roots of selected British dystopias in the ancient tradition of Menippean satire.  More specifically, I argued that an ironic structure within these novels prevents identification of the narrator’s or protagonist’s point of view with that of the author and thus challenges the prevailing definitions of the dystopian genre as a whole. My current research focuses on the dystopian writer’s attitude toward human nature and the human condition.

Education

2009 – Ph.D., English, University of Ottawa
2000 – M.A.,  English, McMaster University, Hamilton
1999 – B.A. (Honours), English, McMaster University, Hamilton
1983 – B.A., Simultaneous Interpretation, The Foreign Languages University, Moscow, Russia
1981 – B.A., Translation of Technical and Scientific Texts, Foreign Languages University, Moscow, Russia
1976 – M.A., Chemical Engineering, Institute of Fine Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia

Fields of Interest

  • Dystopian Fiction
  • Genre Studies
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature and Psychology
  • Literature and Evolutionary Theory

Employment

2009– :        Part-time Professor, University of Ottawa
2008–2009:  Pre-doctoral Instructor, University of Ottawa
2003–2007:  Research Assistant, University of Ottawa
2001–2002:  Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa
1993–2000:  Sessional Lecturer, McMaster University

Recently Taught Courses

ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Poetry and Drama
ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing 
ENG2133  Literature and Psychology

Conference Participation

“The Trojan Horse of Dystopian Cognizance: Erewhon’s Parody ofRobinson Crusoe.”  32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies. Toronto, October 4-7, 2007.

“Three Hundred Years of Solitude: the Puritan, the Victorian, and the Post-Modern Robinsons of Defoe, Butler, and Coetzee.”  ACLA Annual Conference. The Human and Its Other. Princeton, March 23-26, 2006.

“Revisiting Erewhon:  Solicitings of Unborn Genre in Samuel Butler’s Dystopia.”  30th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies.  Memphis, October 27-30, 2005.

Awards and Honours

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Scholarship, 2002-2006
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2001-2002; 2002-2003 (declined).
  • Excellence Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 2002-2006
  • Admission Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 2002.
  • Merit Award, Department of English, University of Ottawa, 2002
  • Graduate Scholarship, McMaster University, 1999-2000.
  • Dean’s Honour List, McMaster University, 1997-1998, 1998-1999.
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