Daniela Nicolaescu

Daniela Nicolaescu


I am a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds. My Ph.D. assesses the multilingual and transnational dimension of three 20th-century Jewish Romanian avant-garde poets: Tristan Tzara, Isidore Isou, and Gherasim Luca. It presents an extensive study of the languages used in their poetry (including non-European ones), of the broad cultural influences (inc. Jewish and African art), and of the reasons behind this experimentation. This project will be a comparative and multimodal analysis of the dadaist, lettrist, and surrealist performances. 

My MA dissertation at the University of Leeds, Other people’s refugee problems: how Macron and Salvini discuss each other’s refugee crisis, was a cross-national comparative research of the linguistic choices employed by two political leaders to represent the refugee crisis. 

I hold a BA degree in Universal and Comparative Literature-French Language from the University of Bucharest and a BS degree in Psychology. My interest in anthropology stems from my studies at the University Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, where I undertook courses in political, visual, and historical anthropology. 

Research interests

  • Twentieth-century French literature and cinema
  • multilingualism
  • avant-garde theatre and performances 
  • intercultural studies 
  • multimodality 
  • Jewish studies 


  • Nicolaescu D. 2022. Poetry. White Rose College of Arts & Humanities. University of Leeds, Sheffield & York Journal. Issue 7. pages: 83-88. Available from http://journal.wrocah.ac.uk/current-issue/
  • Nicolaescu D. 2022. Tres poemas. Quimera Revista de Literatura. Revista núm 460 Abril. pages 44-47. 
  • Nicolaescu D. 2021. Les débarcadères tristes, Le blues roumain, volume 2, Anthologie désirée de poésies, Traductions Radu Bata, Préface d'Eric Poindron, Editions Unicité 3, sente des Vignes, 91530 Saint-Chéron.
  • Nicolaescu D. 2017. Demonul băuturii: între deliciu și supliciu. Literatura și Artele: Explorari Comparatiste, Coordinators: Elena Ionescu and Ruxandra Iordache. Bucharest. The University of Bucharest Publishing House. ISBN: 978-606-16-0878-2, pages: 307–317.


  • MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • BS Psychology
  • BA Comparative Literature-French Language

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures