Ana Ilievska holds a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago (2020), and a BA and MA in Romanistik and Comparative Literature from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (2011, 2013). Prior to joining Stanford, she was Humanities Teaching Fellow in the College and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago (2020-2021) and Adjunct Lecturer at the Università degli Studi di Catania in Sicily (2020) where she was also a Fulbright doctoral scholar. Currently, she is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center as well as board member and membership secretary of the Pirandello Society of America.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, French and Italian

Honors & Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center (09/2021 to present)
  • Humanities Teaching Fellowship in the Department of Comparative Literature and the College, The University of Chicago (09/2020 to 09/2021)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship, The University of Chicago (09/2019 to 09/2020)
  • Fulbright US Graduate Student Research/Study Award to Italy (Catania, Sicily), The Fulbright Commission (09/2018 to 09/2019)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Board Member and Membership Secretary, Pirandello Society of America (2020 - Present)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

An Italianist specializing in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature, Ilievska’s teaching and research focus on the relationship between literature, the industrial revolution, and technology from a Southern perspective, especially in the works of such authors as Luigi Pirandello, Giovanni Verga, Carlo Collodi, and Matilde Serao, in dialogue with the Futurists. She has broad training in Portuguese, Brazilian, and Luso-African literature, and regularly writes about nineteenth-century English and French literature as well. Her research is theoretically and philosophically grounded in what Franco Cassano had called “pensiero meridiano” (“Southern Thought), drawing on such thinkers as Giambattista Vico, Ortega y Gasset, Carlo Michelstaedter, Albert Camus, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Roberto M. Dainotto, but also Heidegger, Simone Weil, and Hannah Arendt.

Her first book project analyzes human-machine interactions in novels written during the Second Industrial Revolution. In “The Machine in the Novel: Fictional Human-Machine Interactions at the European Periphery,” she outlines literary models for alternative attitudes towards technology in the works of Carlo Collodi, Luigi Pirandello, and Eça de Queirós through a comparison with novels by Mary Shelley, J.-K. Huysmans, Jules Verne, and Émile Zola. At Stanford, she is elaborating what she calls “The Pinocchio Project,” a study of Collodi’s “myth concerning technology” (Massimo Riva) as a foundational myth and evolutionary model for AIs and for our understanding of what it means to be human.

Ilievska is also cultivating her longstanding interest in poetry (especially Eugenio Montale and Fernando Pessoa) and is currently co-editing and translating a bilingual anthology of contemporary Sicilian poetry for Italica Press. Ilievska regularly translates from Italian, Portuguese, German, and Macedonian, and has published several peer-reviewed articles and invited book chapters on Italian as well as Portuguese and Luso-African literature. Her work has received recognition by the Fulbright Program, the U.K. Society of Pirandello Studies, the Fundação Eça de Queiroz, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Research interests:
Italian, Lusophone, and Comparative Literature; Southern Thought (pensiero meridiano); theory and history of literary human-machine interactions; literature and technology; posthumanism; philosophy of science and technology; theory and history of the novel; the nineteenth-century novel; Modernism; ecocriticism; noise and sound studies; children in literature; modernist and twenty-first-century poetry; Italian women writers; mimesis, and theories of intertextuality; the Balkans.

2021-22 Courses

All Publications

  • “An Apprenticeship in Unlearning: Alberto Caeiro’s Apophatic Pastoral” Letterature d'America Ilievska, A. 2021; XL (180): 129-151
  • “’two legs, a torso, and, on top, a machine…’ A Posthumanist Reading of Pirandello’s Quaderni di Serafino Gubbio” Pirandello Studies Ilievska, A. 2020; 40: 61-82
  • “A Thing About Machines: Eça de Queirós’s Technological Twilight Zone” Journal of Lusophone Studies Ilievska, A. 2019; 4 (2): 243-260

    View details for DOI 10.21471/jls.v4i2.245

  • Vita del serafico et glorioso San Francesco Marinellza, L., et al edited by Maggi, A., Ilievska, A., et al Angelo Longo Editore Ravenna. 2018
  • “A Ínclita Ulissea em Crise: Natureza, Ambiente e a Cidade de Lisboa n'A Queda dum Anjo (1865)” Leituras da Natureza em Camilo Castelo Branco Ilievska, A. edited by Guimarães de Sousa, S., Braga, J. P. Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Famalicão. 2018: 13-37
  • “Espaços Liminares em As Visitas do Dr. Valdez e O Retorno: O Fim do Colonialismo Português e a Reconfiguração dos Espaços Tradicionais” Visitas a João Paulo Borges Coelho. Leituras, Diálogos e Futuros Ilievska, A. edited by Fereira Gould, I., Simas Almeida, L., Khan, S. Edições Colibri. 2017: 117-130