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University of Silesia in Katowice

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Institute of Literary Studies

RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Foreign literature.
  • Polish and classical literature.
  • Human-animal relations from antiquity to the Middle Ages.
  • Humanities in the face of the industrial revolution and the Anthropocene.
  • South and West Slavic literatures in original languages and in translations.
  • Reception of German-language literature in Poland in the 20th and 21st century.
  • German-language drama and theatre in the light of research on cultural mobility.
  • German-language literature in Upper Silesia. Writers – books – reception.
  • Slavic literary and cultural studies.

The Institute of Literary Studies conducts top-level research in traditional literary specialities, in particular: the history of Polish literature and other European literatures (contemporary and earlier), literary theory, methodology of literary research, literary criticism, the art of interpretation, comparative studies, literary translation, rhetorics, didactics of literature, bibliology and auxiliary sciences (including primary research – critical editions). The research activity of the Institute of Literary Studies closely corresponds to the research areas indicated in the strategy of the Institute of Literary Studies of the University of Silesia for 2020-2025. The research is conducted in three research teams working on the following topics: foreign literature, Polish and classical literature, and human-animal relations from antiquity to the Middle Ages. Many researchers conduct their research under domestic and foreign research grants (including the Fulbright Scholarship, Horizon 2020 grants, NCN, NPRH), and their results are often award-winning publications. Detailed information can be found on the Institute’s website.


research teams

team leader

Joanna Warmuzińska-Rogóż, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: joanna.warmuzinska-rogoz@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Foreign literature.


keywords: literary theory; history of literature; comparative literature; didactics of literature; new humanities

team leader

Jan Kucharski, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: jan.kucharski@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Polish and classical literature.


keywords: literary theory; history of literature; comparative literature; didactics of literature; new humanities

team leader

Prof. Przemysław Marciniak

contact: przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Human-animal relations from antiquity to the Middle Ages.


keywords: Byzantine literature, cultural entomology, ethnomentomology, animal studies

team leader

Paweł Tomczok, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: pawel.tomczok@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Humanities in the face of the industrial revolution and the Anthropocene.


keywords: aquaphilology, humanities in the face of the industrial revolution and the Anthropocene, eco-narratology, narrative economics

team leader

Leszek Małczak, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: leszek.malczak@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
South and West Slavic literatures in original languages and translations.


keywords: South and West Slavic literatures, literary translation, reception, poetics of translation, theory and history of translation, translation criticism

team leader

Michał Skop, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: michal.skop@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Reception of German-language literature in Poland in the 20th and 21st century.


keywords: German-language literature, reception in Poland, popularisation, translation

team leader

Zbigniew Feliszewski, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: zbigniew.feliszewski@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
German-language drama and theatre in the light of research on cultural mobility.


keywords: German-language drama and theatre, cultural mobility, cultural transfer

team leader

Renata Dampc-Jarosz, PhD, DLitt, Associate Professor

contact: renata.dampc-jarosz@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
German-language literature in Upper Silesia. Writers – books – reception.


keywords: German-language writers of Upper Silesia, regional literature, cultures of remembrance, Polish-German cultural area

individual researchers

team leader

Prof. Lech Miodyński

contact: lech.miodynski@us.edu.pl

topic of the research task
Slavic literary and cultural studies.


keywords: Slavic literary and cultural studies, history of Slavic studies

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