Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Joanna Ziarkowska-Ciechanowska

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: room 221/222
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Degrees and titles:

  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2008

Research interests:

  • Native American literature and culture
  • Literature of American ethnic minorities
  • Literature and medicine
  • Representations of body in culture and literature

Joanna Ziarkowska is an assistant professor in the American Literature Section at the Department of Modern Philology, University of Warsaw, where she studies Native American literature and culture. Her research interests include literature of American ethnic minorities, twentieth-century American novel, film theory and history of the cinema. Currently she is researching connections between literature and medicine in American writers’ texts. She teaches classes on Native American literature, Asian-American literature. She also conducts MA seminars.

Selected publications:

  • Ziarkowska, J. (2012). “From Santo Domingo to Neuva York and Back: Multicultural and Diasporic Identity in Junot Díaz’s Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” In J. Ziarkowska, E. Łuczak, & J.  Wierzchowska (Eds.), In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race, and Ethnicity (pp. 137-147). Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang.
  • Ziarkowska, J., E. Łuczak, & J.  Wierzchowska. (Eds.). (2012) In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race, and Ethnicity. Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang.
  • Ziarkowska, J. (2011). Eric Gansworth’s Mending Skins and an Unsuccessful Reclamation of Indian Images. In J. Leo &  M. Paryż (Eds.), Projecting Words, Writing Images: Intersections of the textual and the Visual in American Cultural Practice (pp. 305-317). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Ziarkowska, J. (2010). Dancing for Survival: Reinterpretations of the Ghost Dance in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes. Polish Journal for American Studies, 4, 135-143.
  • Ziarkowska, J. (2009). Between Truths and Lies: English and Native Languages in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Short Fiction. In B. Chylińska (Ed.) Ideology and Rhetoric: Constructing America (pp. 195-203). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Ziarkowska, J. (2008). The Proof and the Construct: Maxine Hong Kingston’s Use of Photography. In S. Wącior & G. Maziarczyk (Eds.), Literature and/in Culture (pp. 251-261). Lublin: KUL.
  • Ziarkowska, J. (2007). Writing as Coming Home: The Community of Vietnam Veterans in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Fifth Book of Peace. In I. Dobosiewicz & J. Gutorow (Eds.) Community and Nearness: Readings in English and American Literature (pp. 143-154). Opole: Uniwersytet Opolski.
  • Ziarkowska, J. (2004). Photographs in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller: A Dialogue of the Past and the Present. In A. Preis-Smith & M. Paryż (Eds.), The Poetics of America: Explorations in the Literature and Culture of the United States (pp. 247-257). Warszawa: Instytut Anglistyki.