Ludmilla Kostova

Prof. Ludmilla Kostova, PhD

Department of English and American Studies
St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

E-mail: ludmillak3 [at]
lkostova [at]
angl [at]

Research interests:

Literatures in English, British and Irish Romanticism, Bicultural Writing, Translation and Interpretation Studies, Travel Writing and Intercultural Encounters, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies

Subjects taught:

BA Courses:

  • English Literature of the Middle Ages
  • English Renaissance Literature
  • British Literature of the “Long” Eighteenth Century
  • British Literature of the Age of Romanticism
  • Gothic Writing and Film
  • Post-WWII British and Irish Theatre

MA Courses:

MA Programme in British and Irish Studies:

  • British National Mythology and Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Introduction to Irish Studies
  • Introduction to Scottish Studies
  • The Balkans and Eastern Europe in British and Irish Literature and Travel Writing (18th – 21st c.)
  • America and the Americans in Post-WWII British and Irish Fiction and Drama.

MA Programme in Conference Interpreting:

  • Culture and Conference Interpreting
  • Images of the Balkans in Western European Literature and Travel Writing (20-21 c.)
  • Images of the West in Bulgarian Travel Writing and Literature Since 1989

MA Programme in Translation Studies:

  • Translation and Culture

Major publications:


  • Travel Writing and Ethics: Theory and Practice. Ed. Charles Forsdick, Corinne, Fowler and Ludmilla Kostova. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. ISBN 978-0-415-99539-9
  • Liberating the Poetic Genius: William Blake and Mid- and Late Eighteenth-Century Literary History. Veliko Turnovo: Faber, 1999. ISBN 954-9541-27-4
  • Tales of the Periphery: the Balkans in Nineteenth-Century British Writing. Veliko Turnovo: St. Cyril and St. Methodius University Press, 1997. ISBN 954-524-163-2

Articles and chapters in books:

  • “A Voluptuous Tsarina in the Republic of Letters? Catherine ‘the Great’ in Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Russian Court Tales and Malcolm Bradbury’s To the Hermitage.” Comparisons and Interactions Withinin/ Across Cultures. Ed. Ludmilla Kostova, Iona Sarieva and Mihaela Irimia. Veliko Turnovo: St. Cyril and St. Methodius University Press, 2012. 201-232. ISBN 978-954-524-858-0.
  • “Getting to Know the Big Bad West? Images of Western Europe in Bulgarian Travel Writing of the Communist Era (1945 – 1985).” Balkan Departures. Travel Writing from South Eastern Europe. Ed. Wendy Bracewell and Alex Drace-Francis. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009. 105-36. ISBN 978-1-84545-254-4.
  • “Viewing Mozart and His Magic Singspiel through Seriocomic Spectacles: W. H. Auden’s ‘Metalogue to The Magic Flute‘.” Ed. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, Dorothea Flothow and Wolfgang Gortschacher. Mozart in Anglophone Cultures. SEl&C Vol. 4. Frankfurt, Main: Peter Lang, 2009. 159-73. ISBN 978-3-631-56256-7.
  • “Degeneration, Regeneration and the Moral Parameters of Greekness in Thomas Hope’s Anastasius, Or Memoirs of a Greek.” Comparative Critical Studies 4. 2 (2007). Special Issue: “Literature Travels.” Ed. Benjamin Colbert and Glyn Hambrook. 177-192. ISSN 1744-1854.
  • “‘Racial’ Politics and Personal Ethics in Thomas Hope’s Anastasius, or Memoirs of a Greek.” Thomas Hope’s Anastasius in the 21st Century. Glasgow, KY: The Long Riders’ Guild Press, 2007. 492-512. ISBN 1-59048-282-4.


  • 01. 2007 – present: Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
  • 01.10. 2006 – 31.01. 2007: Visiting Senior Fellow, IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften), Vienna, Austria.
  • 01.10.2000 – 31.12.2000: Central European Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellow, IWM (Institute for Human Sciences), Vienna, Austria.
  • 01.02.1997 – 01.05.1997: Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh, UK.

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