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Dr Olga Michael



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PhD English and American Studies (University of Manchester, UK, 2014)

MA American Cultural Studies (University of Manchester, UK, 2009)

BA English Language and Literature (University of Cyprus, 2008)


Employment Track

Associate Lecturer in English Literature (UCLan Cyprus, 2014-2016)

Graduate Teaching Assistant (University of Manchester 2010-2012)


Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Feminist and Women’s Studies Association
  • Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network
  • Cyprus Society for the Study of English
  • European Society for the Study of English: Treasurer as of Oct. 2017
  • International Girls’ Studies Association
  • International Auto/Biography Association (IABA)
  • Student and New-Scholar Network of the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA SNS): Europe Representative


Research Interests

Contemporary women’s writing, life narratives, hybrid auto/biographical performances, visual culture and art history, comparative literature, life writing, trauma, feminist adaptations of fairy tales, children’s literature, American studies


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Course Co Leader, BA (Hons) English Language Studies
  • Modules Taught: EN1221: Introduction to Literature, EN1222: The Use of Language in Literature, EN1215: Reading Texts, Literary Theory, EN1217: Introduction to Renaissance Literature, EN2012: The Fairy Tale, EN3028: Literature and Film, EF1498: Academic Writing

Administrative Roles

  • Research Seminar Co-ordination, School of Business and Management, Cluster of Innovative Education and Linguistics

Selective Publications

  • Michael, Olga. “Graphic Autofiction and the Visualization of Trauma in Lynda Barry and Phoebe Gloeckner’s Graphic Memoirs,” in Autofiction in English. Edited by Hywel Dix. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • Michael, Olga. “Excavating Childhood: Fairy Tales, Monsters and Abuse Survival in Lynda Barry’s What It Is.” a/b: Auto/biography Studies 32. 3 (Fall 2017): 541-66.
  • Michael, Olga. “Lolita Speaks for Herself: Subversive Female Beauty in Phoebe Gloeckner’s Graphic Memoirs,” in Female Beauty in Art: History, Feminism, Women Artists. Edited by Maria Ioannou and Maria Kyriakidou. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. 38-66.

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations

  • International “Mixing Visual Media in Comics” Symposium (invited speakers only), organized by Dr Nancy Pedri, Lauranne Poharec and Aidan Diamond at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, October 2016. Invited talk. Title: “Scrapbooking Caravaggio’s Medusa, Working through Maternal Abuse: A Feminist Intervention in the (Male) Artistic Canon.”
  • 10th global Conference of the International Association for Auto/biography, “Excavating Lives,” organized by IABA and the University of Cyprus, at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, May 2016. Title of presentation: “Fairytales, Monsters, and Abuse Survival in Lynda Barry’s Graphic Memoirs.”
  • 13th global ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas) Conference, held at the University of Cyprus, July, 2012. Title of presentation: “Unsettling Classical Ideas about Female Beauty in Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl: Minnie as Gabrielle d’ Estrées.”



  • Travel and accommodation expenses coverage (app. €1000) for invited presentation at the international “Mixing Visual Media in Comics” Symposium at Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland, October, 2016, (conference organizers, host institution).
  • Funding of app. £550 for conference attendance, 2012 (Ruddick Funding Body, Department of English and American Studies, University of Manchester, U.K).
  • State-funded scholarship for undergraduate studies (app. €10 000) for top mark for entry in the BA in English Language and Literature, University of Cyprus, at the university entry examinations, 2004 (IKY, Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation).

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  •  Member of the board of reviewers for ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies