Christine Kiebuzinska, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1986, Kiebuzinska’s research and teaching reflect her comparative literature training and her background in European literature, particularly German, Polish, Czech, and Russian. Her research has focused on reception studies -- the way that a given work is interpreted across cultures. Drama is her primary genre, including theatre history and theory of representation, and she has studied the history of realism that includes both drama and fiction.

In addition, Kiebuzinska has studied film theory and the history of film. She has studied literary movements and particular modes of representation, such as the Holocaust in representation in European and American film and literature, and the literature of the absurd and grotesque with a particular focus on Central European 20th century literature to include writers such as Kafka, Gombrowicz, and Kundera, and the continuity of the Faust myth.

During her career, Kiebuzinska has written one book and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and reviews.

She has served her professional community through membership in the Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, the International Comparative Literature Association, the American Theatre in Higher Education Association, the German Studies Association, the International Brecht Society, Goethe Society, and Kafka Society.

Kiebuzinska has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, and has served the Department of English and her college through service on many commissions and committees.

Kiebuzinska received her bachelor’s degree from Goddard College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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