Dominika Oramus - Institute of English Studies - University of Warsaw
Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Dominika Oramus

Title: Associate Professor, Vice Head of the InstituteDominika Oramus

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Degrees:

  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 1996
  • Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 1999
  • Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, 1999
  • Associate Professor, University of Warsaw, 2008

Research interests:

  • Contemporary British fiction:
    • novel post-1970
    • contemporary British short story 
  • 20th century novelists: James Joyce, John Fowles, Angela Carter, J.G. Ballard, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Stanisław Lem
  • Poetics of Postmodernism
    • metafiction
    • historiographic metafiction
    • mass culture in mainstream fiction
  • Science fiction
    • 20th century utopian and dystopian writing
    • the British ‘New Wave’ in science fiction, American ‘New Wave’ of the 1970s
    • cyberpunk
    • science fiction and Gothic fiction
  • Science versus Culture
    • how notions such as “science” and “myth” were defined in European civilization   in the 18th-21st centuries; how the prevailing image of the workings of the Universe was changing
    • how science was depicted and scientific discourse applied in the English novel in the 20th and 21st centuries (references to relativity, quantum physics, and cybernetics in art and mass culture)
    • Darwinism-related disputes in public life (concerning e.g., creationism, altruism, human aggression, sociobiology)

Selected publications:

Books:

  • Oramus, D. (2011). Imiona Boga. Motywy Metafizyczne w Fantastyce Drugiej Połowy XX Wieku. Kraków: Universitas.
  • Oramus, D. (2010). O pomieszaniu gatunków. Science fiction a postmodernism. Warszawa: Trio.
  • Oramus, D. (2007). Grave New World: The Decline of the West in the Fiction of J.G. Ballard. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.
  • Oramus, D. (2006). Ways of Pleasure. Angela Carter’s Discourse of Delight  in her Fiction and Non-Fiction. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.
  • Oramus, D. (2005). The Voices of Disaster. J.G. Ballard and the Disaster Story Tradition on England. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.
  • Oramus, D. (2004). Stacja kontroli chaosu. Zjawiska i pisarze współczesnej fantastyki. Warszawa: SuperNova.

Articles:

  • Oramus, D. (2012). "The Theory of Evolution or a Conspiracy Theory? Recent Fiction about Charles Darwin", Acta Philologica, 41, 164–171.
  • Oramus, D. (2012). "Zagubiony na pustyni’, a Foreword to the Polish edition of Philip K. Dick’s The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" (pp. 7–18). Poznań: Dom Wydawniczy Rebis.
  • Oramus, D. (2012). "Darwinian obsessions: References to the Theory of Evolution in the Novels of John Fowles, A.S. Byatt, and Hilary Mantel", Anglica, 21(1), 5–17.
  • Oramus, D. (2012). "Czy ludzkość 'poprawiona naukowo' może być wolna?  Dystopie Aldousa Huxleya, Stanisława Lema i Anthony’ego Burgessa w świetle myśli Ericha Fromma", Civitas. Studia z filozofii polityki, 13(1), 107–129.
  • Oramus, D. (2012). "The Voyage of Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle in recent fiction and non-fiction", in G. Bystydzieńska and E. Harris (Eds.), From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria. Readings in 18th and 19th century British literature and culture vol. 3 (pp. 379–388). Warszawa: Ośrodek Studiów Brytyjskich.
  • Oramus, D. (2012). "Messengers of 'self-help' and 'well-being'. The use of angels in contemporary popular culture", in M. Dąbrowska, J. Leśniewska and B. Piątek (Eds.), Languages, Literatures and Cultures in Contact: English and American Studies in the Age of Global Communication. Vol. 2 (pp. 447– 459). Kraków: Tertium.
  • Oramus, D. (2011). "Whatever there is of transcendence", Acta Philologica, 39, 164–171.
  • Oramus, D. (2011). "Darwinowskie paradygmaty. Kultura popularna w poszukiwaniu teorii wszystkiego", Kultura i Społeczeństwo, LV(2-3), 229–243.
  • Oramus, D. (2011). "Cyborgi i symulakry - od Philipa K. Dicka i Williama Gibsona do Donny Haraway i Jeana Baudrillarda", Litteraria Copernicana, 2(8), 36–48.
  • Oramus, D. (2011). "Ian McEwan’s Solid Geometry and the Tradition of the Menippea", in G. Bystydzieńska (Ed.), The New Review: An International Journal of English Studies. Approaches to Literature vol. 3 (pp. 95–104). Glasgow.
  • Oramus, D. (2010). "Love and Decay. The Metaphysics of Philip K. Dick", in J. Fabiszak and W. Klepuszewski (Eds.), The Literariness and Linguistics of Love (pp. 129–140). Koszalin: Wydawnictwo Uczelniane Politechniki Koszalińskiej.
  • Oramus, D. (2010). "Woman As an Alien. Angela Carter’s Heroes and Villains", The AnaChronisT, 15, 117–134.
  • Oramus, D. (2010). "The nineteenth-century roots of contemporary fantasies: 'The demonic scientist' motif in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman by Angela Carter and The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks", in G. Bystydzieńska and E. Harris (Eds.), From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria. Readings in 18th and 19th century British literature and culture vol. 2 (pp. 369–375). Warszawa: Ośrodek Studiów Brytyjskich.
  • Oramus, D. (2009). "War on Satellite TV in the Stories of J.G. Ballard" in J. Fabiszak and W. Klepuszewski (Eds.), Discourses and Representations of War in British Literature and Culture (pp. 247– 257). Koszalin: Wydawnictwo Uczelniane Politechniki Koszalińskiej.
  • Oramus, D. (2009). "A Rhetoric of Novelty. Cyberpunk and the Academy", Acta Philologica, 35, 13–21.
  • Oramus, D. (2009). "Memories of Hollywood in Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve and The Merchant of Shadows." Anglica, 17, 17–29.
  • Oramus, D. (2008). ”'The massive cultural attack.' Chinese books in England", in A. W. Jelonek and B. S. Zemanek (Eds.), China: Confucian Tradition Towards the New Century (pp. 181–191). Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego.
  • Oramus, D. (2008). "Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child and the British Disaster Story", in G. Bystydzieńska (Ed.), The New Review: An International Journal of English Studies. Approaches to Literature (pp. 103–113). Glasgow.
  • Oramus, D. (2007). "Cywilizacja jako błąd ludzkości: krytyka cywilizacji w wybranych pismach Zygmunta Freuda i R.D. Lainga", Kultura i Społeczeństwo, LI (3), 187– 199.
  • Oramus, D. (2007)."How to Describe Japan? Angela Carter Looks at the Far East in Her Fiction and Non-Fiction", Acta Philologica, 33, 179–188.
  • Oramus, D. (2006). "The Persistence of Memory: Surrealism and Science Fiction in J. G. Ballard’s Vermilion Sands", Foundation, 97, 59–69.
  • Oramus, D. (2006). "Lem a inni pisarze SF: Android w wybranych utworach Stanisława Lema, Philipa K. Dicka i J.G. Ballarda", Postscriptum, 1/2006, 157–170.
  • Oramus, D. (2006). "In the Pearl Light of Nagasaki: J.G. Ballard’s War Narratives", Anglica, 15, 11–22.