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Dr hab Michał Choiński, prof. UJ

Dr hab Michał Choiński, prof. UJ

Associate Professor in the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University. His academic interests include colonial rhetoric, stylometry and the literature of the American South. He was a visiting academic and a guest lecturer at Freie Universität in Berlin, Yale University, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Piedmont College, Salem State University, Queens University in Belfast, and Universita degli Studi di Padova. In 2020, Choiński was the recipient of senior Fulbright Fellowship at Yale University.

Choiński is the author of two books "The Rhetoric of the Revival", a monograph that came out in 2016 with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in New Developments in Jonathan Edwards Studies Series, and “Southern Hyperoles: Metafigurative Strategies of Narration”, a monograph that came out in 2020 with Louisiana State University Press in Southern Studies Series ( Choiński’s poems have been published in literary journals in US, Canada and the UK. His poetic pamphlet “Gifts Without Wrapping” came out with the Hedgehog Press in 2019 (

Choiński was lead researcher in The Language of Eighteenth-Century American Colonial Sermons. A Rhetorical and Stylometric Analysis project (OPUS 2014/13/B/HS2/00905):

and director in Hyperbole in the Writings of American Southern Authors project (OPUS 2016/23/B/HS2/01207):

Choiński was also a participant in NASSA (Network-Analysis and Spatial Stylometry in American Studies) research project in cooperation with University of Potsdam.

Currently, he is lead researcher in a POB Heritage grant “Interdisciplinary Study of Trauma and Memory in American Literature”, which brings together representatives from The University of North Texas (USA), Freie Universität Berlin (GER), Salem State University (USA), Université de Picardie Jules Verne (FR) and the Jagiellonian University.

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Southern Hyperboles: Metafigurative Strategies of Narration, Southern Studies Series, 2020. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press

The Rhetoric of the Revival: the Language of the Great Awakening Preachers, 2016. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishing

(co-edited with Magdalena Bleinert-Coyle, Zygmunt Mazur) Beyond Words: Crossing Borders in English Studies, 2015, Kraków: Tertium

(co-edited with Elżbieta Tabakowska, Łukasz Wiraszka) Cognitive Linguistics in Action: From Theory to Application and Back, 2010, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter


Selected academic articles:

“Suchy wrzesień:” polifoniczna retoryka konfliktu Williama Faulknera [in:] Mistrzowie literatury amerykańskiej: William Faulkner, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego 2022, pp. 107-122

(wspólnie z Janem Rybickim) Puritan Preachers in the Hands of Statisticians: the Stylometric Study of Colonial Religious Writings [in:] Digital Humanities and Archives (ed. Clifford Anderson), Boston: De Gruyter 2022, pp. 13-30

A Tender Returnee: Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother and Olga Tokarczuk’ Tender Narrator [in:] The Southern Quarterly 3 (Vol. 58) Spring 2021, pp. 55-74

“I want to go home:” the Representation of Dual Homecoming in Dorothy Allison’s “Cavedweller” [in:] Roczniki Humanistyczne 69 (2021), pp. 49-61

Coming back to oppressive Mississippi: a Figurative Study of Jesmyn Ward’s “Men We Reaped” [in:] Polish Journal of American Studies 15 (2021), pp. 161-177

Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Humanities in American Studies [in:] Polish Journal of American Studies 14 (2020), pp. 143-149

Figures of Contrast in Tennessee Williams’s Summer and Smoke [in:] Polish Journal of American Studies 13 (2019), pp. 321-330

 “But why?”: Racial Guilt and the Southern Paradox in Willie Morris’s North Toward Home and Lillian Smith’s Kilers of the Dream [in:] Ex-Centric Souths. (Re)imagining Southern Centers and Peripheries, Universitat de València, 2019, pp. 181-195

 (co-authored with Jan Rybicki and Maciej Eder) Harper Lee and Other People: A Stylometric Diagnosis [in:] Mississippi Quarterly 70 (3/2019), pp. 355-374

 (co-edited with Jan Rybicki) Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Foxcroft: Pursuing Stylometric Traces of the Editor [in:] Amerikastudien 63 (2/2018), pp. 141-158

Hyperbolic Bodies for Sale: The Figurative Representations of Prostitutes in Tennessee Williams’s Early Works [in:] Polish Journal of American Studies 12 (2018), pp. 129-143

Harper Lee’s Two Novels – on the representation of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman [in:] Bibliotheca Nostra 49 (3) 2017, pp.76-86

(co-authored with Jan Rybicki) Is God Really Angry at Sinners? A Stylometric Study of Jonahan Edwards [in:] The Global Edwards, 2017 (ed. Rhys Bezzant), OR: Wipf & Stock, pp. 349-359)

Strategie przekładu „obciążonego” kulturowo a polski przekład Jonathan Edwards Reader [in:] Przekładaniec 32, pp. 25-42 (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 1/2017)

(co-authored with Krystyna Choińska) Internetowa erystyka, czyli jak Polacy prowadzą spory w Sieci [in:] M. Jodłowiec, A. Tereszkiewicz (eds.), Język a komunikacja 33: Słownictwo specjalistyczne i specjalne w komunikacji, pp.165-173. (Kraków: Tertium, 2013)


Selected conference presentations:

Polish Association for American Studies, Poznań, Poland, 25-27.10.2023

Southern Studies Forum: Transformations, Amiens-Arras, France, 21-23.09.2023 (keynote lecture)

15th April Conference, Kraków, Poland, 20-22.04.2023,

Wszystko o czułości: Olga Tokarczuk, Kraków, Poland, 17-20.10.2022

48th Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, Oxford, USA, 17-21.07.2022

4th Faulkner Studies Colloqium, Londyn, UK, 19-30.01.2021

Faulkner’s Fetishized Words, Amiens, France, 20-21.05.2021

3rd Faulkner Studies Colloqium, Londyn, UK, 28-29.05.2020

International Digital Humanities Hackaton, Potsdam, Germany, 9-11.12.2019

2nd Faulkner Studies Colloqium, Londyn, UK, 30.05.2019

Southern Studies Forum: Southern Disruptions, Odense, Denmark, 3-5.04.2019

International Association for Literary Semantics Symposium, Kraków, Poland, 18-20.10.2018

Polish Association for American Studies Conference, Łódź, Poland, 24-26.10.2018

65th German Association for American Studies, Berlin, Germany, 24-27.05.2018

European & British Association for American Studies, Londyn, UK, 4-7.04.2018

11th International Association for Literary Semantics, Huddersfield, UK, 8-11.04.2017

62nd British Association for American Studies, Canterbury, UK, 5-7.04.2017

Digital Humanities Congress, Kraków, Poland, 13-16.07.2016

Harper Lee: Revisions, Monachium, Germany, 8-10.06.2016

61st British Association for American Studies, Belfast, UK, 15-17.04.2016

4th International Jonathan Edwards Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 22-24.08.2015


Selected guest talks:

“Olga Tokarczuk’s Use of Empathy and Countering the Narratives of Power,” Yale University (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures), New Haven, USA, 11.10.2022

“Who Wrote To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman? – A Stylometric Study,” Mercer University (Center for Southern Studies), Macon, USA, 26.09.2022

“Stylometry in American Studies,” Towson University, Baltimore, USA, 22.09.2022

“Studying Authorial Fingerprints – On Stylometric Study of American Literature,” University of Warszawa (American Studies Center), Warszawa, Polska, 18.11.2021

“Between the Twilight Zone and Intellectual Deafness” – on Lillian Smith’s and Katharine DuPre Lumpkin’s Social Autobiographies,” University of South Carolina (Institute of Southern Studies), Columbia, USA, 19.11.2019

“Cutting the Umbilical Cord – Lillan Smith’s Language in Killers of the Dream”  Piedmont College (Lillian Smith Center), Demorest, USA, 17.09.2019

“A Preacher in the Hands of Statisticians - on the Stylometric Approach to Jonathan Edwards", Yale University (Yale Divinity School), New Haven, USA, 26.09.2017

“From the Mockingbird to the Watchman and Again – on the Stylometric Affinity between Harper Lee and Truman Capote,” Salem State University (English Studies Department), Salem, USA, 22.09.2017