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Ewa Wampuszyc
Assistant Professor of Polish Language and Literature; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education

Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
Polish Language and Literature; 19th and 20th century Literature and Culture; Literature and Topography; Contemporary Polish Fiction; Cultural and Economic Capital in Literature and Film

Intellectual Biography & Awards

In 2018, my book Mapping Warsaw: The Spatial Poetics of a Postwar City will be published with Northwestern University Press. It is an interdisciplinary study that combines cinema studies, cultural studies, history, literature, photography, and urban studies. In particular, it examines the post-World War II reconstruction of Poland’s capital through images and language. Juxtaposing close readings of photobooks, socialist-era newsreels called the Polska Kronika Filmowa, the comedies of Leonard Buczkowski and Jan Fethke, the writing and films of Tadeusz Konwicki, and a case study on the Palace of Culture and Science—a “gift” from none other than Stalin—I investigate the rhetorical and visual (rather than physical) reconstruction of Warsaw in various medias and genres. My analysis is rooted in the historical context of the postwar decade and shows how and why Poland’s capital became an essential part of a propaganda program inspired by communist ideology and the needs of a newly established socialist People’s Republic.

Interested in seeing examples of pre- and postwar newsreels? Visit the digital archive of the Filmoteka Narodowa.

Recent Publications

Mapping Warsaw: The Spatial Poetics of a Post-War City. Northwestern University Press. Forthcoming in 2018. Book awarded Fall 2017 ASEEES First Book Subvention Grant.

Geograficzne przestrzenie utekstowione, ed. B. Karwowska, E. Konończuk, E. Sidoruk, and E. Wampuszyc, Białystok, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku. 2017.

Karwowska, Bożena and Ewa Wampuszyc. “Narrating Geographic Space” (English language introduction) in Geograficzne przestrzenie utekstowione, ed. B. Karwowska, E. Konończuk, E. Sidoruk, and E. Wampuszyc, Białystok, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku. 2017.

“Intertextuality and Topography in Igor Ostachowicz’s Noc żywych Żydów,” in Geograficzne przestrzenie utekstowione. Białystok, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku. 2017.

“Normalizacja a odbudowa Warszawy w obiektywie Polskiej Kroniki Filmowej (1945-1956)” [Normalization and the Reconstruction of Warsaw through the Lens of the Polish Film Chronicle] in (Nie)przezroczytość normalności. Obrazy ładu i porządku w literaturze polskiej XXI w., ed. Hanna Gosk and Bożena Karwowska. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Elipsa, 2014. pp. 98-109.

“Magical Realism in Olga Tokarczuk’s Primeval and Other Times and House of Day, House of Night.” East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, volume 28, Issue 2, May 2014, pp. 366-385.

Frequently Taught Courses

  • GSLL 88H: Gender and Fiction in Central and Eastern Europe
  • GSLL 475: Magical Realism. Central European Literature in a Global Context
  • PLSH 401: Beginning Polish 1
  • PLSH 402: Beginning Polish 2
  • PLSH 403: Intermediate Polish 1
  • PLSH 404: Intermediate Polish 2
  • PLSH 405: Advanced Polish 1
  • PLSH 406: Advanced Polish 2
  • PLSH 411: 19th c. Polish Literature and Culture
  • PLSH/JWST 412: 20th c. Polish Literature and Culture

Dr. Wampuszyc’s Upcoming Course Offerings

Undergraduate and Graduate Advising and Mentoring

Master’s Theses

  • Lara Szypszak, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, UNC (Spring 2014 Thesis: A Failed Poet and the Problem with Poetry in Zygmunt Krasiński’s Nie-boska komedia
  • Hannah Gaddis, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, UNC (Fall 2012) Thesis: Nationalism in an International Movement: Polish Art Nouveau, 1890-191

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

  • Lara Szypszak, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, UNC (Spring 2012) Thesis: Farewell to Other Times: An Intersection of History and the Isolated World in Olga Tokarczuk’s Primeval and Other Times and Valentin Rasputin’s Farewell to Matyora
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (2016-present)

Additional Information

For more information about Dr. Wampuszyc, see her Curriculum Vitae.