dr hab. Dominika Ferens, prof. UWr

dr hab. Dominika Ferens, prof. UWr
Position professor
Department Department of American Literature and Culture
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Biographical note

Dominika Ferens teaches American literature and academic writing at the University of Wrocław. She received a PhD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999, and a post-doctoral degree in 2010 from the University of Wrocław. She has taught at universities in Germany, Russia, and the United States. Most of her research explores American minority literatures through theories of race, gender, and sexuality. In Edith and Winnifred Eaton: Chinatown Missions and Japanese Romances (2002), she examined the paradoxes of Orientalism in the work of two writers of Chinese-English-Canadian descent. Her book Ways of Knowing Small Places: Intersections of American Literature and Ethnography since the 1960s (2011) looked at literature’s quarrels and affinities with ethnography in the age of multiculturalism. Using the framework of postcolonial and gender studies, she has also analyzed the fiction of such popular American and European writers as Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Karl May, and Henryk Sienkiewicz. Since 2006 she has co-edited the online academic journal InterAlia. In the years 2011-2014 she served as president of the Polish Association for American Studies.

Publications:

Books: 

Ways of Knowing Small Places: Intersections of American Literature and Ethnography since the 1960s. Wrocław: Wrocław University Press, 2010.

Edith and Winnifred Eaton: Chinatown Missions and Japanese Romances. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
A Queer Mixture: Gender perspectives on Minority Sexual Identities. Co-editor, with Tomasz Basiuk and Tomasz Sikora. Katowice: Wydawnictwo Śląsk, 2002.

Publikacje:
Monografie autorskie: 
Ways of Knowing Small Places: Intersections of American Literature and Ethnography since the 1960s. Wrocław: Wrocław University Press, 2010.

Edith and Winnifred Eaton: Chinatown Missions and Japanese Romances. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
A Queer Mixture: Gender perspectives on Minority Sexual Identities. Co-editor, with Tomasz Basiuk and Tomasz Sikora. Katowice: Wydawnictwo Śląsk, 2002.

Edited volumes:

Out Here: Local and International Perspectives in Queer Studies. Co-editor, with Tomasz Basiuk and Tomasz Sikora. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006/2009.

Parametry pożądania: Kultura odmieńców wobec homofobii. Co-editor, with Tomasz Basiuk and Tomasz Sikora. Kraków: Universitas, 2006.

Traveling Subjects: American Journeys in Space and Time. Co-editor, with Justyna Kociatkiewicz and Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak. Kraków: Rabid, 2004.

A Queer Mixture: Gender perspectives on Minority Sexual Identities. Co-editor, withTomasz Basiuk and Tomasz Sikora. Katowice: Wydawnictwo Śląsk, 2002.


Articles:   

"Can the Home Be Interesting? Homeliness and Affects in Contemporary Asian American Fiction." Contemporary Literary Studies nr 13 (2016) [Kiev National Linguistics University, Ukraine]: 694-704.

 “Belated Interest: Reading the Fiction of Sigrid Nunez through Silvan Tomkins’s Affect Theory.” PASE Papers in Literature and Culture. Eds. Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak and Wojciech Drąg. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016. 113-122.

 “'Where the Wild Things Are': Excursions into Mixed-Race Literature through Affect Theory.” Wild Zones:Space, Experience, Consciousness. Eds. Jacek Partyka and Jerzy Kamionowski. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2015. 93-104.

“Between Taste and Interest: Reading Asian American Literature in the age of Food Literacy.” Eating America: Crisis, Sustenance, Sustainability. Eds. Justyna Kociatkiewicz, Laura Suchostawska, and Dominika Ferens. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2015. 277-296.

“Big fish: On the relative popularity of Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway.” Unpopular Culture. Eds. Sascha Pöhlman and Martin Lüthe. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015.“Wiedza tkwi w miejscach.” Demokracja i edukacja: Dylemat, diagnozy, doświadczenia. Eds. Katarzyna Gawlicz et al. Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskiej Szkoły Wyższej, 2014. 325-327.

“Literature, ethnography, and self-representation in a globalizing world.” Interstudia 15, Special Issue: Cultural Representations in the Era of Globalization (2014):73-85.

 “Zane Grey.”Amerykański western literacki w XX wieku. Między historią, fantazją a ideologią. Agata Preis-Smith and Marek Paryż, eds. Warszawa: Czuły Barbarzyńca, 2013. 36-57.

 “A Pole with a Stake in Asian American Studies.” Global Identities: Local Voices. Amerasia Journal at 40 Years, Chinese Language Edition, Vol. 1 (June 2013): 312-330.   

“’You can’t generalize, professor, though I know NYU is a good school’: Abstract vs. Legitimate Knowledges in Russell Leong’s ‘Eclipse.’” Amerasia Journal. Special Edition Word & Image: Russell Leong [UCLA] 37.1 (2011): 61-76.

“Singular Ways of Knowing: Fiction by American Women Anthropologists.” Consortium: A Journal of Crossdisciplinary Inquiry [University of Colorado, USA] (2011):137-162.

“Diachronic vs. Synchronic Accounts of Cultural Difference  in Paule Marshall’s The Chosen Place, the Timeless People.” The American Uses of History: Essays on Public Memory. Eds. Tomasz Basiuk, Sylwia Kuźniar Markowska, and Krystyna Mazur. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011. 133-146.

“Queer Ways of Knowing Islands: O.A. Bushnell, Molokai.LINQ [James Cook University, Australia] 37 (November 2010): 128-140.

“Telling a Small Place: Gloria Naylor’s Negotiations with Ethnography in Mama Day. Anglica Wratislaviensia 47 (2009): 17-26.

“Negotiating the Legacy of Ethnography: Autoethnographic Strategies in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Heads by Harry and Achy Obejas’s Days of Awe.” Ideology and Rhetoric: Constructing America. Ed. Bożenna Chylińska. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 121-133.

“The Deserving Heathen: Missionary Ethnography of China and its American Converts.” Transpacific Interactions: The United States and China, 1880-1950. Eds. Vanessa Künnemann and Ruth Mayer. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 185-204.

“Multiculturalism and the Legacy of Ethnography.” PASE Papers 2008: Studies in Culture and Literature. Vol. 2. Eds. Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak and Anna Cichoń. Wrocław: Oficyna Wydawnicza ATUT, 2009. 53-66.

“A Pole with a Stake in Asian American Studies.” Amerasia  Journal 34.2 (Fall 2008): 1-13.
“A Confidence Man in the Orient: Karl May and the German Colonial Enterprise.” Werkwinkel 3.1 (Spring 2008): 13-33.

“Gossip From Behind a Closed Door: Revisiting Girls’ Boarding School Culture.” Out Here: Local and International Perspectives in Queer Studies.  Eds. Dominika Ferens, Tomasz Basiuk, and Tomasz Sikora. Amersham: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006.

“Winnifred Eaton/Onoto Watanna: Establishing Ethnographic Authority.” Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature. Eds. Zhou Xiaojing and Samina Najmi. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. 30-47.

“Zwiedzanie cudzych kolonii. Wiedza i władza w afrykańskich powieściach Karola Maya.” [Power and Knowledge in the African Novels of Karl May] Er(r)go: Teoria, Literatura, Kultura 8.2 (2004). 73-90.

“Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far: The Politics of Chinatown Reporting.”Postcolonial Subjects: Canadian and Australian Perspectives. Ed. Mirosława Buchholtz. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2004.

“Winnifred Eaton’s ’Japanese’ Novels as a Field Experiment.” Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s. Eds. Lisa Botshon and Meredith Goldsmith. Boston:  Northeastern University Press, 2003.

“Heteronormatywna funkcja angielskiej szkoły żeńskiej.” [The Heteronormative Function of British Girls’ Boarding Schools].  W poszukiwaniu małej dziewczynki. Eds. Izabela Kowalczyk and Edyta Zierkiewicz. Poznań: Konsola 2003. 135-143.

“Tarzan, ‘de sterkste winkt.’” Zorro & Co.: Populaire personages en de koloniale verbeelding. Eds. Nadia Lie and Theo D'haen. Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2002. 85-99.

“Staking Claims: Henryk Sienkiewicz and the Chinese in California.” Anglica Wratislaviensia 31 (2002).                

“Ja Tarzan, ty Jane. O fascynacji eugeniką.” [Me Tarzan, You Jane: On the Romance of Eugenics] Edukacyjne Konteksty  kultury popularnej. Eds. Witold Jakubowski and  Edyta  Zierkiewicz. Kraków: Impuls, 2002: 59-72.

“Personal Reflections of a Half-Chinese Victorian Reporter in Jamaica.”: 14-24.

“Native Americans, Chinese and White Progressivists in the Land of Sunshine.” ATQ Special Issue: Cohabiting America: Native Americans and Euroamericans in the Nineteenth Century 15.4 (December 2001): 305-316.

“Two Faces of the Oriental(ist): Missionary and Travel Writing on China and Japan.” British and American Studies Vol. 3: The Local Colors of the Stars and Stripes. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2001: 127-139.

"Wayward Conquistador or Transcultural Hybrid? Commentarie on Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca's  The Account." Anglica Wratislaviensia 36 (2001): 21-34.

“Białe turystki na Dalekim Wschodzie: płeć i rasa w dziewiętnastowiecznej etnografii.” [White Women Tourists in the Far East: Gender and Race in Nineteenth-century Ethnography]. Gender w humanistyce. Ed. Małgorzata Radkiewicz. Kraków: Rabid, 2001: 288-297.

“Oriental Plots: Decoupling Race and Culture in Early Asian American Literature.” Papers in Literature and Culture: Proceedings of the 8th International PASE Conference. Wrocław, 2000. 43-49.

“Tangled Kites: Sui Sin Far’s Negotiations with Race and Readership.” Amerasia Journal 25.2 (Summer 1999): 116-144.

“Political Aspects of Chinese American Literature: Changing Aims.” Literature and Society: Publications of the Fifth Annual Fulbright Conference. Poznań, Poland (1994): 5-9.

“Didacticism in Chinese American Literature: David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly,Anglica Wratislaviensia 27 (1994): 5-11.

“Contemporary Chinese American Writers Versus the Perpetuators of Myths and Stereotypes.” Anglica Wratislaviensia 25 (1993): 50-59.