Sorana Corneanu has been teaching eighteenth-century British literature and early modern intellectual history at the English Department of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest since 1999. Her research interests include the intersections of literature and science, and of science and ethics in the early modern period, the early modern history of the imagination, and the changing fortunes of logic from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries. She was the recipient of two doctoral research scholarships at Oxford (2005-6) and New Europe College, Bucharest (2006-7), and was post-doctoral research fellow of the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (Oct. 2011) and of CHED, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (July-Oct. 2012). She was a member of the ERC Starting Grant Medicine of the Mind and the Reconfiguration of Natural Philosophy: A New Interpretation of Francis Bacon (PI: Dr. Guido Giglioni) (2009-2014), and principal investigator of the UEFISCDI research grant An Intellectual History of the Imagination: Bridging Literature, Philosophy and Science in Early Modern and Enlightenment England (2015-2017). She serves as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Early Modern Studies.
The courses she teaches include History of British Literature: The Eighteenth Century (first year, BA in Philology); Human Nature: An Intellectual and Cultural History (third year elective, BA in Philology); Perspectives on Modernity: Transactions of Intellectual History (first year, MA in British Cultural Studies); Shaping the Republic of Letters: Crisis and Reformation in Early Modern England (first year elective, MA in British Cultural Studies).
Her publications include Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), Knowledge, Selves, Virtues: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Early Modern Literature, Science and Philosophy (Bucureşti: EUB, 2014), Francis Bacon on Motion and Power, ed. Guido Giglioni, James Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), The Care of the Self in Early Modern Philosophy and Science, special issue of Journal of Early Modern Studies 4.2, ed. Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2015); “Boyle’s Moral Philosophy”, in Jan-Erik Jones (ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Robert Boyle (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), “Francis Bacon on Charity and the Ends of Knowledge”, in Tamas Demeter, Kathryn Murphy and Claus Zittel (eds.), Conflicting Values of Inquiry: The Ideologies of Epistemology in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2014);“The Nature and Cure of the Whole Man”, Early Science and Medicine 2-3 (2017), “Idols of the Imagination: Francis Bacon on the Imagination and the Medicine of the Mind” (with Koen Vermeir), Perspectives on Science 2 (2012).