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Olivia Badoi, Ph.D.

Department of English


Ph.D. in English, Fordham University
M.A. in English, Wroclaw University
B.A. in American Studies, University of Bucharest

Practice Areas

  • Visual and Literary Modernism
  • Graphic Narrative Studies
  • Ecocriticism

Research Interests

  • Dr. Badoi is currently working on her first book, Arboreal Modernism and the Woodcut Novel, an ecocritical examination of the woodcut novel, a type of wordless book that was widely popular in both Europe and the United States throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The book proposes an original framework of "arboreal modernism" to illuminate how artists used nonhuman networks such as trees and forests as a model for interconnectivity and a corrective for a own broken social system. Crafted out of wood, with pages densely populated with trees, the woodcut novel embodies a living relation between nature and culture.

Publications and Media Placements

Badoi, Olivia. "A Feeling for Wood Itself: Lynd Ward's Arboreal Modernism," Modernism/Modernity: Print Plus (July 2021).

Badoi, Olivia. "Writer's (Wood)block," Modernism/Modernity: Print Plus (September 2017).