Research and Publications

American and Canadian studies conference participation

 

2021

  • Matek, Ljubica and Jasna Poljak Rehlicki. 10th HUAmS WorkshopTracing Populism in the U.S. and Comparative Perspective (Sept. 25, 2021.) // “The Image of a Nation in Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give (2017)”
  • Runtić, Sanja. Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference; Lansdowne, PA, SAD / online (Nov. 10–13, 2021) // “‘Going Native’ from an Intercultural Perspective: The Case of Winnetou”
  • Runtić, Sanja. “Narrating Lives” International Conference on Storytelling, (Auto)Biography and (Auto)Ethnography; London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London, UK / online (Aug. 28–29, 2021) // “Redefining Autobiography in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller”
  • Runtić, Sanja and Ivana Drenjančević. Breaking Boundaries: Reimagining Borders in Postcolonial and Migrant Studies; The Centre for Migration and Postcolonial Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK / online (Sept. 3, 2021) // “Francisco Cantú’s Poetics of Relationality”
  • Runtić, Sanja and Ivana Drenjančević. International Conference on Film Studies: “The Anatomy of Cinematic Identities”; London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London, UK / online (July 31 – Aug. 1, 2021.) // “Native American Cinematic Identity in the Global Context”
  • Runtić, Sanja and Ivana Drenjančević. Caméra Stylo 4 Conference “Transnational Screens: Global Literature and Cinema”; University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia / online (July 14–16, 2021) // “Indigenous (Mis)Representation in Cinema: Transnational Perspectives”
  • Zlomislić, Jadranka, Katarina Šijaković, and Mato Matijević. 35. međunarodni znanstveni skup Hrvatskog udruženja za primijenjenu lingvistiku – Jezik u digitalnom okruženju (Sept. 9–11, 2021) // “Bridging the Digital Divide: Participation Inequality in Croatia”

 

2019

  • Oklopčić, Biljana. Lying and Related Fictions, Freiburg, Germany (Feb. 15-16, 2019) // “When anything gets to be a habit, it also manages to get a right good distance away from truth and fact”: Lie and Truth, Fiction and Reality in William Faulkner’s Light in August
  • Oklopčić, Biljana and Izabela Potnar Mijić. IX. međunarodni znanstveni skup Dijete i jezik: Dijete i jezični identitet, Osijek, Croatia (Sept. 12-14, 2019) // Djeca i identitet u Pustolovinama Toma Sawyera Marka Twaina 
  • Oklopčić, Biljana. Transatlantic Dreams: Understanding Central European Immigration to Canada, Halifax, Canada (Oct. 27-30, 2019) // Stereotypes of Central European Immigrants in Popular Fiction and Its Adaptations: A Case Study of The Murdoch Mysteries
  • Poljak Rehlicki, Jasna. Influence, Disinformation and Power in Europe and the Americas, Universite de Caen, Normandy, France (Jan. 17-19, 2019) // The Power of War and the War for Power. The Image of American Soldiers in Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead and Heller’s Catch 22
  • Runtić, Sanja. 5th International Conference on English Language and Anglophone Literatures Today (ELALT 5), Novi Sad, Serbia (March 9, 2019) // “Playing Indian” in European Cinema

Mobility

 

2021

  • Pejić, Luka. Erasmus+ training mobility at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 2021.)

 

2019

  • Matek, Ljubica. Erasmus+ teaching mobility at the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, University of  Lancaster, UK (February 2019)
  • Matek, Ljubica. Erasmus+ training mobility at the Department of English, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain (September 2019)
  • Oklopčić, Biljana. Erasmus+ training mobility at Instituto Benjamin Franklin de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain (July 2019)
  • Poljak Rehlicki, Jasna. Erasmus+ teaching mobility na at the Department of English University of  Ljubljana, Slovenia (April 2019)

Research projects

 

2019 – present

  • Oklopčić, Biljana – project evaluator for the American Philosophical Society u Philadelphia, USA, since 2013
  • Runtić, Sanja. Following (in) Winnetou’s Footsteps: Representations of Canadian Indigeneity in Central Europe //CEACS (Central European Association for Canadian Studies) Research Project, project leader Klára Kolinská (Metropolitan University Prague)

Academic popularization

 

2021

  • Oklopčić, Biljana. “English Is Power,” online lecture/panel, American Corner Osijek, Oct. 27, 2021
  • Pejić, Luka. “Gender and Punishment: Female Criminality in the 19th Century,” public lecture, American Corner Osijek, March 31, 2021
  • Pejić, Luka. Co-organizer of Otvoreni četvrtak Popular-scientific lectures series, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek
  • Zlomislić, Jadranka. Collaboration with the English Students’ Association “Glotta” 

 

2020

  • Zlomislić, Jadranka. Collaboration with the English Students’ Association “Glotta” 
  • Pejić, Luka. Co-organizer of Otvoreni četvrtak Popular-scientific lectures series, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek

 

2019

  • Matek, Ljubica. 1960s in Their Fifties / 1960-te pedeset godina poslije, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, May 15, 2019 (within the  Kliofest history festival)
  • Matek, Ljubica. organized the guest lecture of Dr. Jason Hansen from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, titled “Beyond Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: Remembering other aspects of 1960s America” within the  Kliofest history festival
  • Oklopčić, Biljana, Andrej Labudić, and Zvonimir Prtenjača. The Student’s Pen Shapes Beauty: Creative Writing in the BA Literature Classroom. book presentation, June 26, 2019, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek
  • Pejić, Luka. “Crvena Rosa – život za revoluciju u stripu.” Popularan article published on Vox Feminae web site, July 22, 2019
  • Pejić, Luka. “Zaboravljena povijest seksualnih zločina u Drugom svjetskom ratu – interview with the American historian Wendy Jo Gertjejanssen (Vox Feminae web site, Oct. 24, 2019)
  • Poljak Rehlicki, Jasna. Co-organizer of Otvoreni četvrtak Popular-scientific lectures series, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek

 

American and Canadian studies publications

Books – authored

 

2021

  • Oklopčić, Biljana. Mit i stereotip u djelima Williama Faulknera. Osijek: Filozofski fakultet, 2021. ISBN: 978-953-314-149-7.

 

2019

  • Runtić, Sanja. Vrijeme buđenja: (De)konstrukcija ženskog subjektiviteta u američkoj fikcionalnoj prozi na prijelazu iz 19. u 20. stoljeće. Osijek: Filozofski fakultet, 2019. ISBN: 978-953-314-125-1.

 

Books – edited

 

2020

  • Bognar, Mirna, Valentina Markasović, Biljana Oklopčić, and Petra Sršić, editors. Through the Looking Glass: BA Students’ Views on Popular Fiction. Osijek: Filozofski fakultet, 2020. ISBN: 978-953-314-142-8
  • Buljan, Gabrijela, Ljubica Matek, Biljana Oklopčić, Jasna Poljak Rehlicki, Sanja Runtić, and Jadranka Zlomislić, urednice. Essays in Honour of Boris Berić’s Sixty-Fifth Birthday: “What’s Past Is Prologue.Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-5275-5507-5

 

2019

  • Oklopčić, Biljana, Andrej Labudić, and Zvonimir Prtenjača, editors. The Student’s Pen Shapes Beauty: Creative Writing in the BA Literature Classroom. Osijek: Filozofski fakultet, 2019. ISBN 978-953-314-112-1
  • Runtić, Sanja and Aleksandra Nikčević-Batrićević, editors. SIZE ZERO / MALA MJERA V: Politika i poetika ženskog pisma – komparativne perspektive. Cetinje: Fakultet za crnogorski jezik i književnost, 2019. ISBN: 978-9940-40-037-8

 

Chapters

 

2021

  • Potnar Mijić, Izabela, and Biljana Oklopčić. “Children and Identity in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Dijete i jezik danas – dijete i jezični identitet, uredile Lidija Bakota i Manuela Karlak, Fakultet za odgojne i obrazovne znanosti Osijek, 2021., pp. 127–39.

 

2020

  • Poljak Rehlicki, Jasna, and Valentina Markasović. “The Swimmer’s Journey: Cheever’s Neddy Merrill as the (Anti)Hero of the Monomyth.” Essays in Honour of Boris Berić’s Sixty-Fifth Birthday: “What’s Past Is Prologue, edited by Gabrijela Buljan, Ljubica Matek, Biljana Oklopčić, Jasna Poljak Rehlicki, Sanja Runtić, and Jadranka Zlomislić. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020., str. 179–93.
  • Runtić, Sanja, and Ivana Drenjančević. “‘Witnessing beyond Recognition’: An Existentialist Reading of Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border.” Aspects of Transnationality in American Literature and American English, edited by Aleksandra Izgarjan, Dubravka Đurić, and Sabina Halupka-Rešetar. Filozofski fakultet Novi Sad, 2020., pp. 128–57. ISBN: 978-86-6065-632-4
  • Zlomislić, Jadranka, and Myrl G. Jones. “The Golden Years: Myth vs. Reality.” Essays in Honour of Boris Berić’s Sixty-Fifth Birthday: “What’s Past Is Prologue, edited by Gabrijela Buljan, Ljubica Matek, Biljana Oklopčić, Jasna Poljak Rehlicki, Sanja Runtić, and Jadranka Zlomislić. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020., pp. 219–32.

 

2019

  • Matek, Ljubica. “Epic Theatre and the Culture of Spectacle: Aesthetic Figuration of Body and Race in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus.” Exploring the Black Venus Figure in Aestehtic Practices. Brill Rodopi, 2019, pp. 129–48.
  • Oklopčić, Biljana. “Introduction.” The Student’s Pen Shapes Beauty: Creative Writing in the BA Literature Classroom. Osijek: Filozofski fakultet, 2019, pp. 5–10.
  • Oklopčić, Biljana. “’I did not intend to miss it’: Žene i Pokret za ljudska prava u pripovijetkama Alice Walker.” SIZE ZERO / MALA MJERA V: Politika i poetika ženskog pisma – komparativne perspektive. Cetinje: Fakultet za crnogorski jezik i književnost, 2019, pp. 75–89.
  • Runtić, Sanja i Marija Krivokapić. “Konstrukcija hibridnosti u romanu Pripovjedač Leslie Marmon Silko.” SIZE ZERO / MALA MJERA V: Politika i poetika ženskog pisma – komparativne perspektive. Cetinje: Fakultet za crnogorski jezik i književnost, 2019, pp. 119–64.

 

Articles

 

2021

  • Matek, Ljubica. “Pandemija i promjena u romanu Ja sam legenda Richarda Mathesona.” Književna smotra, vol. 53, no. 201 (3), 2021, pp. 81–91.
  • Matek, Ljubica. “Pjesme o mačkama za djecu i odrasle: T. S. Eliot i pitanje identiteta.” Libri et Liberi, vol. 10, no. 1, 2021., pp. 7–24. doi: 10.21066/carcl.libri.10.1.1

 

2020

  • Matek, Ljubica, and Zvonimir Prtenjača. “No Country for Old X-Men: The Aging Hero in No Country for Old Men and Logan.” [sic] – časopis za književnost, kulturu i književno prevođenje, vol 10, no. 3, 2020, paper no. 2, pp. 1-24, https://doi.org/10.15291/sic/3.10.lc.2.

 

2019

  • Oklopčić, Biljana. “Destination South: Lena Grove’s ‘Like a lady travelling’.” Neohelicon: Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum vol 46, no. 2, 2019, pp. 557–73.

 

Translations

 

Pejić, Luka. Translation and proofreading of translations of theoretical methodological works of North American historians published in Mikrohistorija. Pola stoljeća inovacija collection (FF Press – Centar za komparativnohistorijske i interkulturne studije, Zagreb, 2021):

  • David Bell, “Totalna historija i mikrohistorija: francuske i talijanske paradigme” (“Total History and Microhistory: The French and Italian Paradigms,” 2002)
  • John Brewer, “Mikrohistorija i historije svakodnevice” (“Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life,” 2010)
  • Richard D. Brown, “Mikrohistorija i postmoderni izazov” (“Microhistory and the Post-Modern Challenge,” 2003)
  • John-Paul A. Ghobrial, “Svijet očima mikrohistoričara” (“Seeing the World Like a Microhistorian,” 2019)
  • Brad S. Gregory, “Je li malo lijepo? Mikrohistorija i historija svakodnevice” (“Is Small Beautiful? Microhistory and the History of Everyday Lif,” 1995)
  • Naomi R. Lamoreaux, “Promišljanje mikrohistorije: komentar” (“Rethinking Microhistory: A Comment,” 2006)
  • Ruth W. Sandwell, “Historija kao eksperiment: mikrohistorija i okolišna historija” (“History as Experiment. Microhistory and Environmental History,” 2008)
  • Dale Tomich, “Poredak historijskog vremena: longe durée i mikrohistorija” (“The Order of Historical Time: The Longue Durée and Micro-History,” 2008)

 

Zlomislić, Jadranka. Translation, copyediting, and proofreading of articles and abstracts in the field of American studies published in English in Anafora journal, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek.


American and Canadian studies student papers

Doctoral Dissertations

 

2021

  • Čuljak, Ivana. The Scripts and Counter-Scripts of Womanhood and Manhood in American Modernist Fiction, advisor Biljana Oklopčić

 


MA theses

 

2021

  • Berbić, Tomislav. Escape and Endurance: An Analysis of Philosophical Elements in Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War Trilogy, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Domjanović, Vedran. Culture of Bullying in Contemporary Fiction, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Kulić, Bruno. Andrew Sean Greer’s Less: How Queer Literature Learned to Stop Burying Their Gays, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Lončar, Dino. Potraga za stvarnošću u djelima VALISEgzegeza Philipa K. Dicka, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Markasović, Valentina. Female Subjectivity in Fairy Tales by Angela Carter and Leigh Bardugo, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Matuško, Jana. The Elements of Contemporary Technological Dystopia in Dave Eggers’ The Circle and TV Series Black Mirror, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Mavretić, Zrinka. Representation of the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Romić, Iva. The Haunted House in E. A. Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Špiranec, Karla. Scripts and Counter-Scripts of Gender in Contemporary Feminist Dystopia, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Tomakić, Izabela, The Evolution and Significance of American Culture and Its Impact on the Cultures of the World, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić

 

2020

  • Laban, Andrea. The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Contemporary African American Fiction, advisor Sanja Runtić
  • Marinović, Tajana. Re-Writing/Righting History through Storytelling: Memory, Identity, and Trauma of Forced Child Removal in Contemporary Indigenous Prose, advisor Sanja Runtić
  • Obradović, Zvonimir, The Representation of the American Dream in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and John Ford’s Film Adaptation, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Prišć, Jasmin. Serial Killer in Thomas Harris’s Novels, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Prtenjača, Zvonimir. Man of Steel and Batman v SupermanDawn of Justice:Superhero Narratives in Post-9/11 Era, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Štefić, Andrea. The Attitude Towards Women in Kerouac’s Novel On the Road, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki

 

2019

  • Gavran, Ivana. Negotiating Otherness in Contemporary American Immigrant Fiction, advisor Sanja Runtić
  • Kuna, Maja. Dominant Themes in African American Women’s Literature, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Lulić, Dina. From Subordination to Emancipation: Constructing the Female Self in the Works of Alice Walker and Rupi Kaur, advisor Sanja Runtić
  • Orlović, Jelena. The Pursuit of Money in Contemporary American Fiction, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Pepić, Antonio. Pepić. O Brother, Where Art Thou? as a Modern Odyssey, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Šestak, Tajana. “Up From the Past That’s Rooted in Pain I Rise:” Contemporary African-American Women Narratives, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki

BA theses

 

2021

  • Anić, Tihana. Abuse in Stephen King’s Carrieand Veronica Roth’s Divergent, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Ćavar, Tomislava. The African American Women’s Search for Identity in Southern Literature, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Djogaš, Nikolina. The Importance of Physical Appearance in Palacio’s Novel Wonder,  advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Drnasin, Dorotea. Flappers in Modernist Novels, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Jurišić, Ante. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye as a Bildungsroman, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Jusup, Patrik. Isolation and Insanity in Stephen King’s The Shining and Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Milinković, Ljiljana. Marginalisation of Motherhood in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Lois Lowry’s The Giver, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Mrkalj, Mia. Racial Oppression and Trauma in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Simić, Anđela. Identity Crisis in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Vujić, Fabijan. Contesting the American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, advisor Sanja Runtić

 

2020

  • Akmačić, Filip. The American Dream in the Media, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Benaković, Luka. The Consequences of Slavery on the Former Slave Community in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Blažeković, Petra. The Portrayal of Female Characters in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, advisor Sanja Runtić
  • Dernej, Dunja. (Dis)Ability in A Song of Ice and Fire: The Lion, the Wolf, and the Kraken, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Đujić, Robert. A Very Old and Terrible Lie: The True Meaning of Courage in Tim O’Brien’s Novels, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Horvat, Tea. Puritanism and Witchcraft in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s „Young Goodman Brown,“  advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Jakšić, Sandra. The Impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on Dealing with Racism Today, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Kuserbanj, Leon. The Influence of the Super Bowl on the American Culture, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Laslavić, Lana. Social Trauma and the Question of Identity in Don DeLillo’s Falling Man, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Lovrić, Anna Maria. The Portrayal of Women in American Television as a Reflection of Social Changes, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Pezer, Anamarija. Madness and Horror in Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Stubičan, Valentina. Motherhood and Slavery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Šeda, Lorena. Women and Class in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Šijaković, Katarina. “Feminism in Theory and Practice: Where Did It All Go Wrong?,” advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Šmehil, Mihaela. The Influence of Slavery on Women’s Relationships in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, advisor Jadranka Zlomislić
  • Šovatović, Ana. The Shaping of Identity in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, advisor Ljubica Matek

 

2019

  • Bognar, Mirna. The Scripts and Counter-scripts of Womanhood in American Literature, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Jurić, Talia. Slavery in Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Marinković, Dominik. Forging of the American Identity in the Works of Henry David Thoreau and Frederick Douglass, advisor Sanja Runtić
  • Markasović, Valentina. The Representation of Women in the Army in Contemporary American War and Fantasy Literature, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Marušić, Doroteja. The Female Identity in the Play A Raisin in the Sun and the Novel Americanah, advisor Jasna Poljak Rehlicki
  • Mavretić, Zrinka. The Depiction of Women Characters in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, advisor Biljana Oklopčić
  • Mikolčić, Monika. American Horror Story as Adaptation of E. A. Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher, advisor Ljubica Matek
  • Nikoloso, Andrea. The Dystopian Elements in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, advisor Biljana Oklopčić