dr Wojciech Drąg

dr Wojciech Drąg
Position Assistant Professor
Department Department of English Literature and Comparative Studies
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Wojciech Drąg is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Literature and Comparative Studies. In 2006 he received a BA from the University of Wrocław. In 2006-2007 he attended a full-time MA course at the University of Glamorgan (currently the University of South Wales), during which he wrote (under the supervision of Dr Jeff Wallace) a dissertation entitled “‘The Search is All?’: The Pursuit of Meaning in Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s ParrotStaring at the Sun and A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters”) and was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Literature, Culture and Society. In 2009-2013 he attended doctoral studies in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Wrocław. In 2013 he defended his doctoral thesis, which was supervised by Prof. Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak. He is a co-founder and academic supervisor of the Literary Intersections academic circle. 

His academic interests focus on the contemporary British novel and on experimental literature in Britain and the US. He is the author of Revisiting Loss: Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), The Pursuit of  Meaning in the Novels of Julian Barnes (Scholars' Press, 2015) and co-editor of War and Words: Representations of Military Conflict in Literature and the Media (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015) and Spectrum of Emotions: From Love to Grief (Peter Lang, 2016).

In 2014-2016 he was deputy head of the Institute for research and development. Since 1 September 2016 he has been deputy head for finance.

More information: Academia.edu


Drąg, W., Kębłowska-Ławniczak, E., Spectrum of Emotions: From Love to Grief. Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang, 2016.

Drąg, W., Krogulec, J., Marecki M., War and Words: Representations of Military Conflict in Literature and the Media.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.

Drąg, W., The Pursuit of Meaning in the Early Novels of Julian BarnesSaarbrücken: Scholars’ Press, 2015.

Drąg W., Revisiting Loss: Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

Articles in journals

Drąg, W., 2017, Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation and the Revival of Fragmentary Writing. Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies 56: 57-72.

Drąg, W., 2016, Heteroglossia and Fragmentariness in The Absent Therapist by Will Eaves. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 51/4: 53-66.

Drąg, W., 2016, “A Novel Against the Novel”: David Markson’s Antinovelistic Tetralogy. Polish Journal of English Studies 1.1: 11-26.

Drąg, W., 2016, “I’m a I’m a Scholar at the Moment”: The Voice of the Literary Critic in the Works of American Scholar-Metafictionists. American, British and Canadian Studies 26: 36-51.

Drąg, W., 2016, Trauma with a Pinch of Salt (review of The Edges of Trauma by Tamas Benyei and Alexandra Stara). Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies  22.1: 285-90.

Drąg, 2015, W. Compulsion to Re-enact: Trauma and Nostalgia in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies  21.2: 377-92.

Drąg W., 2015, Wilfred Owen and the Great War Centenary, Anglica Wratislaviensia 53: 55-64.

Drąg W., 2014, The Man Booker Prize and the emerging canon of contemporary British fiction, Studia Litteraria Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis 9: 17-28.

Drąg W., 2013, Modernism – an abandoned legacy?: Gabriel Josipovici’s critique of the contemporary British novel, Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies 1: 87-94.

Drąg W., 2011, The construction of an alternative reality in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled and its metaphorical capacity, Philologica Wratislaviensia: Acta et Studia 6: 65-76.

Drąg W., 2011, The shadow of the Nagasaki bombing in Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of HillsBiuletyn Naukowy Wrocławskiej Wyższej Szkoły Informatyki Stosowanej 1: 12-16.

Drąg W., 2010, Elements of the dreamlike and the uncanny in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The UnconsoledStyles of Communication 1: 31-40.

Drąg W., 2009, I don’t believe in God but I miss Him: Religion and nostalgia in the work of Julian Barnes, American, British and Canadian Studies 2: 130-142.

Articles in edited volumes

Drąg, W. In Pieces: Fragmentation, Friendship and Mourning in B.S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates. The Politics and Poetics of Friendship, eds. Ewa Kowal and Robert Kusek, Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2017: 323-334.

Drąg, W. Dziedzictwo tradycji irlandzkiego eksperymentu literackiego: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. 
Powieść irlandzka w XXI wieku. Szkice, eds. Ewa Kowal and Robert Kusek, Kraków: Wyd. Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2016: 133-50.

Drąg, W. Not about Glory, Honour or Majesty: The Representation of War in a GCSE Poetry Anthology. War and Words: Representations of Military Conflict in Literature and the Media, eds. Wojciech Drąg, Jakub Krogulec and Mateusz Marecki, Newcastle:Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016: 133-42.

Drąg W., Writing cure? Narrating the loss in Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World and The Remains of the DayThe self industry: Therapy and fiction, eds. Woźniakowska A., Szurman J., Kowalczyk-Twarowski K., Wydawnictwo UŚ, 2015: 190-204.

Drąg W., Thwarted quests for meaning: Religion, art and love in the early novels of Julian Barnes, Stunned into uncertainty: Essays on Julian Barnes’s fiction, ed. Tory E., Vesztergom J., Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, 2014: 99-114.

Drąg W., Putting it bluntly: Elizabeth Costello in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s (A)pollonia, Travelling texts: J.M. Coetzee and other writers, eds. Kucała B., Kusek R., Peter Lang, 2014: 49-62.

Drąg W., Beyond the confines of realism: Seeking new metaphors for memory in Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were OrphansCrossroads in literature and culture, eds. Fabiszak J., Urbaniak-Rybicka E., Wolski B., Springer-Verlag,2013: 331-40.

Drąg W., Elements of the dreamlike and the uncanny in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled [reprint], Znajome staje się przerażające: Pojęcie niesamowitego w  języku i kulturze, ed. Wicher A., Wydawnictwo AHE w Łodzi, 2013: 185-96.

Drąg W., “Year after year, blunder after blunder”: The compulsion to repeat in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled, Culture and rites/rights of grief, eds. Białas Z., Jędrzejko P., Szołtysek J., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013: 208-22.

Drąg W., Living with the wound: A comparative analysis of the representations of post-atomic trauma in Kazuo Ishiguro’s “A Strange and Sometimes Sadness” and A Pale View of Hills, Comparative studies in Anglophone literaturesTransnational, postcolonial, and auto/thematic (re)considerations and (re)visions, ed. Koneczniak G., Wydawnictwo Naukowe UMK, 2012: 125-36.

Drąg W., To have been here: Language and loss in Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot and John Banville’s The Sea, PASE Papers: Studies in Culture and Literature, red. Cichoń A., Kębłowska-Ławniczak E., Atut, 2009: 45-50.

Other publications

Drąg W., Pisarz świata ułudy, Tygodnik Powszechny 42 (2017): 76-78.

Drąg W., Literacki Nobel dla Kazuo Ishiguro, Tygodnik Powszechny (5.10.2017): online publication.

Drąg W., Latham-Koenig J. Introduction to the life and works of Richard Strauss,  Strauss: Don Juan, Metamorphosen, Songs for Soprano & Piano [album CD], Avie, 2011.

Drąg W., Masłoń, S. Dyskurs europejski i poszukiwanie europejskiej tożsamości, [translation of Haydena White’s article] Postcolonial Europe 2010 http://www.postcolonial-europe.eu/index.php/pl/essays/93--the-discourse-of-europe-and-the-search-for-a-european-identity

Drąg W., Zili, Śpiewająca tykwa i inne baśnie afrykańskie, red. Waksmund R., Atut, 2013: 247-50.

Drąg W., Król i ptak kini-kini, Śpiewająca tykwa i inne baśnie afrykańskie, red. Waksmund R., Atut, 2013: 261-65.

Drąg W., The search is all?:  The pursuit of meaning in Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot, Staring at the Sun and A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters, 65 s., 2009 http://www.julianbarnes.com/docs/Drag.pdf