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Department of the History of American Literature and Culture

Members of the Department conduct research in American literature, focusing on the following topics:

post-WWII American fiction;

the literature of the American South;


science fiction literature;

utopia and dystopia in literature;

transgressive literature and the Beat generation;

the ecological trend in contemporary American poetry;

the reception of American literature in Poland;

creative writing.

The Department also hosts an international research group „Memory and Trauma in American Studies” financed by the Jagiellonian University’s Initiative of Excellence (U1U/P01/NO/03.13). The group aims at exploring the connections between contemporary US literature and social as well as historical changes in the US, especially in the contexts of race relations and gender studies. The research group includes: Rebeca Hains (Salem State University, USA), Joanna Davis-McElligat (University of North Texas, USA),Frédérique Spill (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France), Solveig Dunkel (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France), Beata Piątek (Jagiellonian University, Poland), Dennis Mischke (Freie Universität, Germany) and the group’s coordinator Michał Choiński (Jagiellonian University, Poland).