Cristina Hanganu-Bresch

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch
Saint Joseph's University (PA, USA) · English/Literature

PhD

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Introduction
My primary areas of interest are the rhetoric of psychiatry and animal studies, with a particular focus on veganism. I have recently wrapped up a book project entitled 'Diagnosing Madness (with Carol Berkenkotter)--with The University of South Carolina Press, 2019. I'm currently working on a book on the emergence of orthorexia, or the obsession with eating right, and an edited collection on arguments surrounding veg(etari)anism. You can find more about my work at https://hanganubresch.com.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - September 2017
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Position
  • Professor
August 2017 - present
University of the Sciences
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2010 - present
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 2001 - May 2008
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Field of study
  • Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication
August 1998 - May 2000
James Madison University
Field of study
  • Technical and Scientific Communication
September 1996 - September 1997
University of Bucharest
Field of study
  • British Cultural Studies

Publications

Publications (30)
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The concepts of narrative and of genre share a family resemblance in the sense that there are many sorts of narrative genres that run across the various spheres of human activity from literature to anthropology, to history, law, medicine, and psychiatry. In particular, in the field of narrative, non-literary memoirs have become the object of consid...
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Using archival admissions records and case histories of patients at a British asylum from the 1860s to the 1870s, the authors examine the medical certification process leading to the asylum confinement of individuals judged to be “of unsound mind.” These institutional texts are, the authors suggest, “occult genres” that function as complex acts of...
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Our obsession with clean eating has led to the emergence of a new eating disorder: orthorexia. Full text available at: http://hekint.org/2018/08/23/clean-eating-and-orthorexia-as-technologies-of-the-self/
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Given current science-related crises facing the world such as climate change, the targeting and manipulation of DNA, GMO foods, and vaccine denial, the way in which we communicate science matters is vital for current and future generations of scientists and public. The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication scrutinizes what we value, priori...
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I want to thank the reviewers profusely for engaging so deeply and thoughtfully with our book, and for offering both generous assessments and thorough, well informed critiques. It has been two years since the book was published and four since my mentor and co-author passed away; it is, perhaps, a good time to reflect on it and respond to those who...
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This collection explores the arguments related to veg(etari)anism as they play out in the public sphere and across media, historical eras, and geographical areas. As vegan and vegetarian practices have gradually become part of mainstream culture, stemming from multiple shifts in the socio-political, cultural, and economic landscape, discursive atte...
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Writing and the sciences are intricately linked. Without writing, science would not exist -- and could not be funded, communicated, replicated, enhanced, or applied. Further, writing helps scientists (and students) understand the science, explain the results of research in a greater context, and develop new ideas. Working from this philosophy, this...
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Orthorexia is a putative new eating disorder vying for a place in the DSM, roughly meaning "eating right." While a continuum can be drawn between anorexia and orthorexia, there are enough differences to make this disorder a distinct one. In this paper, I trace the origins of the term and its clinical career to date, employing Ian Hacking's concept...
Book
"Diagnosing Madness" is a study of the linguistic negotiations at the heart of mental illness identification and patient diagnosis. Through an examination of individual psychiatric case records from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Cristina Hanganu-Bresch and Carol Berkenkotter show how the work of psychiatry was navigated by pati...
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The diagnosis of moral insanity was primarily used through the best part of the 19th century to define and justify the psychiatric treatment of a particular type of conduct in which the sufferer seemed otherwise rational but displayed certain inexplicable and undesirable behaviors deemed socially perverse or "unfit." This paper traces the history o...
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In this chapter, I focus on three contemporary representations of vegetarianism as mental illness in literature and popular culture: Yeong-hye, the protagonist of the novel The Vegetarian, by Han Kang (2007); Peggy Spade, the protagonist of the movie Year of the Dog (2007); and Jordan Younger, blogging as “The Balanced Blonde” and author of Breakin...
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https://www.womenandlanguage.org/40-1 "Neitherfemme" (Artist statement and multimedia installation) A poem about immigration, generational memory, nostalgia, and uncertainty.
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Independence. In American society in particular, the very word invokes notions of revolution, of severing bonds with oppressors. With this come the concepts of self-reliance, progress, and social betterment. It is noteworthy that Maxine Hairston's work in the 1980s, particularly her 1985 article in College Composition and Communication, " The Winds...
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A central question to the philosophy and functioning of independent writing centers (IWPs) is that of curriculum—or as Royer & Schendel call it using an Aristotelian category, the " material of our craft " (this volume). Debates over what and how we should teach have, after all, played a major part in our arguments (and occasional fights, skirmishe...
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In A Minefield of Dreams: Triumphs and Travails of Independent Writing Programs, Justin Everett and Cristina Hanganu-Bresch highlight both cautionary tales and stories of resounding success that can inspire and provide paths toward addressing the challenges faced by faculty who lead independent writing programs (IWPs). More than a decade after O'Ne...
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Abstract: I describe a slow, sinuous cultural change at a science-oriented university from an overreliance on timed exams to an acceptance of the importance of writing as a process instilling and encouraging scientific literacy. While the process is not complete, there is a gradual recognition of the role of FYW and especially of scientific writing...
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This is an exploratory paper that was born from my interest in 19th century psychiatry and my exploration of Derrida’s “Cogito and the History of Madness,” which delivers a scathing critique of Foucault. I became interested in aporias and how I could use the concept to look in a novel way at old (for me) material. I was thus trying to answer one of...
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As institutionalization in the asylum became the primary mode of treatment for the mentally ill in the 19th century, the borders between psychiatry and law became blurred. A series of legal challenges to the process of asylum confinement in mid-19th century managed to turn the psychiatric diagnosis process into a legal argument. One of the seminal...
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In June 2011, an Internet war erupted in response to a video blog posted by noted skeptic blogger and feminist Rebecca Watson during the World Atheist Convention in Dublin, Ireland. In the video, Watson objected to the way she was propositioned in an elevator by a conference attendee. Responses varied from supporting her reaction to vilifying her f...
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From the very beginning of his erudite, complex, and fascinating book, Patrick McDonagh acknowledges the slippery nature of the concept he explores. A social, cultural, and historical construct with multiple symbolic valences and performing multiple societal functions, idiocy is difficult, if not impossible to define, as its meaning shifts dependin...
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This article aims to indicate a working agenda of Eastern European gender issues and to generate critical reflection and further research questions. Although many alternative definitions exist, Eastern Europe is identified here as the totality of postcommunist countries (from ex-East Germany to the ex-USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] coun...

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Projects (4)
Project
Edited collection examining issues related to vegetarianism and veganism from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Archived project
A monograph-length including research on texts in the asylum ecosystem: certificates of admissions, case notes, legal proceedings and filings, journalism, sensationalist fiction, memoirs. Case studies and documents primarily from the UK and US archives.