Albena Bakratcheva is Professor of American Studies at the New Bulgarian University of Sofia, Bulgaria, Chair of the BA "English Philology" Program and of the MA "American and British Studies. Comparative Approaches" Program. She received the Ph.D. in English from the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia in 1995. Albena Bakratcheva is the author of "Similarities in Divergences. Realistic Narrative Characteristics in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel and Late Nineteenth-Century Bulgarian Fiction" (Sofia, 1995; 2000), "Potentialities of Discourse. Bulgarian/British-American Cross-cultural Dialogues" (Sofia, 1997; 2000) and "The Sun Is but a Morning Star". Anthology of American Literature by Albena Bakratcheva: Volume I (2005). She is also the editor and translator of "Henry David Thoreau: Life Without Principle. Selected Works" (Sofia, 2001). Her book-in-progress is on American Transcendentalism. She publishes on American, British and Bulgarian Literatures in Bulgarian and international journals. She has presented papers at international conferences in The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Romania, Cyprus. Dr. Bakratcheva is member of the International American Studies Association (IASA), the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), the Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS), the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) and the Bulgarian American Studies Association (BASA). She is also member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, the Union of Bulgarian Writers and the Union of Translators in Bulgaria. Albena Bakratcheva's international experience includes: Fellowship of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, 1992; Fulbright Grant in the SUNY U.S.A., 1993-1994 and USIA Fellowship - Summer Institute on Contemporary American Literature at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., 1999.
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