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Dr Clare Thake Vassallo
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Clare Thake Vassallo graduated from the University of Malta with B.A. (Gen.) in Philosophy and English Literature with Linguistics, and a B.A. (Hons) in English with Linguistics. She pursued her interest in the interface between these three areas at the Istituto di Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy where she obtained her Doctorate in Semiotics under the tutorship of Prof. Umberto Eco. The emphasis of her research was in the field of Semiotics as literary and cultural theory and as cognitive process. She is presently Senior Lecturer in English and Translation Studies at the University of Malta. She teaches courses in Feminist Literary Theory, Gender and Power, Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, and Translation Theory, among other courses. She has published various papers in her areas of interest which include postcolonial theory, genre theory and feminist critical theory. Dr Thake Vassallo is co-editor of The Communist Manifesto: Karl Marx’s Legacy to Humanity (University of Malta Press: 2003), she has co-edited a study on Cultural Memory for the ACUME Thematic Network Project Malta at War In Cultural Memory: Representations of the ‘The Madonna’s Chosen People’, which brings together studies on various forms of remembering WWII in Malta (Malta University Publishers: 2005). She is currently jointly editing and translating a selection of essays for the University of Toronto Press on Semiotics and Translation. Dr Thake Vassallo is also Vice Chair on the British Culture Association Committee, a member of the University Faculty of Arts Committee for M.A. matters, and a member of a Committee on Bilingualism in school in Malta. She has been appointed Chairman of the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) for Television and Radio (June 2008), where she previously served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2000 - 2003, and 2007- 2008.

Publications
  • 2001: “Borders and Perceptions: Pynchon, Faust and the Literary Arts”, in Malta and the Arts: Perspectives for a New Millennium Proceedings of a National Conference, Ed. Priscilla Camilleri and Patricia Gatt, Ministry of Education
  • 2003: The Communist Manifesto: Karl Marx’s Legacy to Humanity, intro. Paula Allman, ed. Carmel Vassallo and Clare Thake Vassallo, Malta University Press
  • 2003: “Marxist Ideology, the Literary Canon and the Sign of Canonicity”, in The Communist Manifesto: Karl Marx’s Legacy to Humanity, introduction by Paula Allman. Editors Carmel Vassallo and Clare Thake Vassallo, Malta University Press
  • 2005: Malta at War in Cultural Memory: Representations of ‘The Madonna’s Chosen People’, ed. Clare Thake Vassallo and Ivan Callus, Malta University Publishers
  • 2005: “Memory as Protagonist in Thomas Pynchon, Anthony Burgess and Nicholas Monsarrat” in Malta at War in Cultural Memory: Representations of ‘The Madonna’s Chosen People’. Editors Clare Thake Vassallo and Ivan Callus, Malta University Publishers
  • 2005: CD-Rom and DVD: Oral and Written History: Re-Oralization and Interfacing Oralcy and Literacy.  Editors: Prof. Steven Knight (University of Cardiff) and Prof. Marianne Boerch (University of Southern Denmark).  Published through ACUME European Cultural Memory Thematic Network
  • 2005: “The Pact in the Text: Faust and the Shifts in Literary and Cultural Genres”, in Oral and Written History: Re-Oralization and Interfacing Oralcy and Literacy.  Editors: Prof. Steven Knight (University of Cardiff) and Prof. Marianne Boerch (University of Southern Denmark).  Published as CD-Rom and DVD through ACUME European Cultural Memory Thematic Network
  • 2005: “Throwing out the Baby with the Bathwater: The Ostracisation of English in Malta”,  in Oral and Written History: Re-Oralization and Interfacing Oralcy and Literacy.  Editors: Prof. Steven Knight (University of Cardiff) and Prof. Marianne Boerch (University of Southern Denmark).  Published as CD-Rom and DVD through ACUME European Cultural Memory Thematic Network
  • Forthcoming (2009): “The Role of Translation in Malta’s Expanding Linguistic and Cultural Landscape”, in Papers on Culture, Language and Literature, to be published in Krosno, Poland
  • Forthcoming (2009): “The Role of Women in the Construction of European Identity: Presence, Plurality and Borders”, to be published in the proceedings of TransEuropaExpress 2008, L’Europa Femminile Plurale, by Donzelli Editore

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