Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Justyna Włodarczyk

dr Justyna WłodarczykTitle: Assistant Professor
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Degrees and titles:

  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 2003, 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2009

Research interests:

  • animal studies, cultural and literary construction of animality
  • 19th- and 20th-century American women writers
  • sentimentalism in American literature and culture
  • feminist theory
  • cultural theory

Justyna Włodarczyk is a graduate of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISH) at the University of Warsaw and of the American Studies Center. She received her PhD from the Institute of English Studies. Her interests are quite interdisciplinary but center around gender in American literature and popular culture and on animal studies. She teaches courses on feminist theory, American women writers and autobiographical writing. Dr. Włodarczyk has recently co-authored and co-edited a book on the cultural figurations of dogs in contemporary Poland titled Free-Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland (Purdue University Press, 2016) and is at work on a project on animality in discourses of animal training. She has received fellowships from, among others, Fulbright (Junior Research Award 2006/2007, University of Indianapolis and Senior Research Award 2016/2017, University of Illinois and Urbana Champaign), Animals and Society Institute/Wesleyan Animal Studies (Wesleyan University, 2015)

Selected publications:

  • Włodarczyk, J. & M.P. Pręgowski, eds. Free-Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2016.
  • Włodarczyk, J. Post-Communist Canine: A Feminist Analysis of Women and Dogs in Canine Performance Sports in Poland Society and Animals 24.2 (2016): 129-152.
  • Ładyga, Z & J. Włodarczyk, eds. Po humanizmie: od animal studies do technokrytyki [After Humanism: From Animal Studies to Technocriticism]. Gdańsk: WN Katedra, 2015.
  • Włodarczyk, J. Of Sheep and Shepherds: Sheepdog Culture and the American Pastoral. American Studies in Scandinavia 47.1 (2015): 25-43.
  • Włodarczyk, J. & M.P. Pręgowski, eds. Pies też człowiek? Relacje ludzi i psów we współczesnej Polsce [A Dog’s Life: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-Communist Poland]. Gdańsk: WN Katedra, 2014.
  • Włodarczyk, J. Cross-Cultural Delivery. The American Influence on Representations of Birth in Polish Popular Culture. Genders 58.1 (2013)
  • Włodarczyk, J. Niewypowiadalne wypowiedziane: debiutancka powieść Toni Morrison Błękitne oczy [Unspeakable spoken: Toni Morrison’s Debut Novel The Bluest Eye]. Ed. E. Łuczak. Toni Morrison. 17-31. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2013..
  • Włodarczyk, J. A Women’s Western? The Implied Female Audience of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. Eds. M. Paryż & J. Leo. Projecting Words, Writing Images. Intersections of the Textual and the Visual in American Cultural Practices. 291-302. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • Włodarczyk, J. Ungrateful Daughters. Third Wave Feminist Writings. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.


Selected Conference papers:

  • II 2016 Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. International Sports Colloquium. “The Emergence of Canine Performance Sports in Poland”
  • IX 2015 Polish Association for American Studies. Warszawa, Uniwersytet SWPS. “Tricks, Class and Gender: The Emergence of the Sport of Canine Obedience in the US”
  • VI 2015 Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University. “Cultural History of Animal Training in the US”
  • X 2014. Ormskirk University, UK. Launch of Centre for Human-Animal Studies. “From Submission for Self-Control. Another Look at the Ethical Turn in Animal Training”
  • III 2014. PAN, Warszawa. Animals and Their People: The Fall of the Anthropocentric Paradigm. “Postmodern Breed. The Demise of the Grand Narrative of Dog Breed.”