Mircea Mihaies is a literary critic and essayist. He is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Timişoara and an editor with the journal Orizont. He has been vice president of the Institutului Cultural Român since 2005. Among his books are Victorian Fiction (1998) and Despre doliu. Un an din viata lui Leon W. (‘On Mourning. A Year in the Life of Leon W.’, 2009).