Ena Selimović is a Yugoslav-born writer and translator who works from Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian (BCMS) into English. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPhil in comparative literature from Trinity College Dublin. Her research on multilingualism and the racialization of language brings a relational approach to the study of contemporary North American and Southeast European literatures. Her work has appeared in PMLA, Asymptote, Boulevard, Reading in Translation, and Balkanist. In 2020, she was awarded the American Literary Translators Association Travel Fellowship. Currently, she is an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow and Associate Research Scholar in the Program in American Studies and in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.
"Unending," a short story by Maša Kolanović, Asymptote, July 2021.
Underground Barbie, a novel by Maša Kolanović. In progress.
Dear Pests and Other Chilling Stories, a short story collection by Maša Kolanović. In progress (with Vlad Beronja).
"Regarding the Father," a short story by Vladimir Arsenijević, Belgrade Noir, Akashic Books, 2020.
Essays on Translation
"Postcolonial Encounters in the Other Europe: Linguistic Racialization in a Born-Translated Sarajevan Novel," forthcoming Winter 2021.
“Weltliteratur and Its Others," PMLA, Volume 136, Issue 3, May 2021, p. 356-369.
"The 'Serbian Poem' in Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe" (with Katja Perat), Little-Known Documents, PMLA 135.3, May 2020.
"Ja, Ben, I, Je: A Book Collection in Translation." Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America National Collegiate Essay Prize, 2019.
"Notes from the 'Empire of Stupidity': Dubravka Ugrešić's The Age of Skin, translated from Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursać." Reading in Translation, February 2021.
"'Scattered words (and scattered worlds)': Dubravka Ugrešić's American Fictionary, translated from Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth and Ellen Elias-Bursać." Reading in Translation, January 2019.
"'The accumulation of tragedy leads to farce'": An Interview with Aleksandar Hemon. Balkanist, January 2017.
"A New View of Global Inequalities": An Interview with Manuela Boatcă. Center for the Humanities blog at Washington University in St. Louis, March 2016.