Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak, PhD

Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak, PhD
Position Assistant Professor, Head of Center for Gender Studies
Department Department of American Literature and Culture
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Office hours http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/dla-studenta/office-hours/?lang=pl
Education and Center for Gender Studies

Dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies and the Director of the Research Center for Gender Studies- University of Wroclaw http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/american/cfgs.php
and its Facebook page administrator https://www.facebook.com/genderstudieswroclaw/
She studied English and American literature, culture and gender studies at the University of Wrocław and at  Rijks University of Groningen and received her PhD from the University of Wrocław. Her fellowships include Fulbright Program in Contemporary American Literature (North Illinois University, Chicago, New York City, Denver) and research grants from J.F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Free University of Berlin).

She is a member of European Association of American Studies and International Auto/Biography Association Europe. She is currently involved in a transatlantic project with School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto comparing transnational constructions of gender roles.

In her research and teaching she explores intersections of gender, race and class in life writing, fiction, comics/ graphic narratives,  film and visual culture. Her recent research project focuses on the representations of gender violence and trauma in contemporary American and fiction, life narrative and film. Her research interests include contemporary American auto/biography,  novel,  film, trauma and memory studies in transatlantic cultures as well as post-totalitarian narratives about relocations, women underground leaders of the 1980s, gender and transformation.

In her publications and teaching she explores the intersections of gender, race, class and sexuality in (graphic) life writing, fiction, film and comics. Her doctoral dissertation, Women’s Visions of the American West: Representation of the Frontier Contact Zones in the Pioneer Women’s Travel Writing, focused on the revision of American exceptionalism and engendering of the myth of the West. In her current project, she compares representations of gender violence in contemporary fiction, life writing and graphic narratives. Her research interests also include American and Polish (post)memory, relocation and trauma studies, as well as post-totalitarian narratives about the gendering of underground resistance. She is involved in the collaboration on gender studies with the School fo Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University.

Fields of interest:

  • contemporary American literature, culture and media
  • fiction, life writing, non-superhero comics and graphic novels/ narratives
  • film and media studies
  • rock (docu)memoirs
  • representations of survivors of violence and trauma in literature, comics and film
  • intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, disablity, age, region
  • postcolonial studies (esp. the New History of the West)
  • travel narratives (esp. about the American West)

Courses taught:

  • Gendered Life Narratives Rock: Music, Film and Graphic Memoir
  • Auto/biography in Pictures: Comics, Graphic narratives and Film
  • Representations of Gender and Violence in Fiilm, Graphic Narratives and Fiction
  • American Diversity in Short Fiction, Comics and Film
  • Redefining American Selves: Engendered, Multicultural, Hybrid Western Narratives
  • Gender, Race, Class and Region in American Fiction and Autobiography
  • Trauma, Testimony and Agency- Representations of vVolence in Contemporary American Literature and Film
  • The American West in Postmodern American Film and Fiction
  • American Literature (Modernism and Naturalism, American Literature After World War II)
  • Native American and Chicano fiction, auto/biography and film
  • American Culture
  • Theory of Literature
  • Academic Writing
Selected Publications:

"Double Portrait with Ambiguous Loss : Shame, Grief and Art in Patti Smith's Relational Memoir Just Kids." In: Spectrum of Emotions: From Love to Grief . Eds. Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2016.  (Silesian Studies In Anglophone Cultures And Literatures ; 5). p. 97-110. Print.

“’Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair:’ Trauma, Writing, and Alternative Communities in Sapphire’s Push  and Its Film Adaptation.“ Anglica Wratislaviensis 50 (2012): 61-75. Print.

 “Disintegration of a Jewish Polish Identity and Re-Invention of a Postmodern Hybridized Self in Eva Hoffman’s Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language.” Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies 3 (2011): 201-213. Print.

 “’They came like a lion’- Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims as a Personal and Tribal Account of Native American and Euro-American Contacts” Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies 1 (2009): 221-228. Print.

”Fictions of Western Hypermasculinity and Freedom: A. Proulx’s Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories” Anglica Wratislaviensis 47 (2009). 9-16. Print.

 “M.A. Holley’s Texas Diaries—Death in Arcadia or: the Disrupted Pastoral” Anglica Wratislaviensis 45 (2007): 47-60. Print.

Topography of Conquests, Defiance and Re-invention: Opening up of the Midwest for Environmental History and Women’s Voices in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand AcresAnglica Wratislaviensia 44 (2006.) 9-16. Print.

Traveling Subjects: American Journeys in Space and Time, Co-editor with Dominika Ferens

and Justyna Kociatkiewicz. Kraków: Rabid, 2004. Print.

"The Category of Gender and New Historicism." Anglica Wratislaviensia 39 (2002): 49-58. Print

"The Other in the Pastoral Paradise: Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes and Colonial Discourse. " Anglica Wratislaviensia 33 (1998): 71-79. Print.

 "Rewriting the Story of Westward Expansion: Doctorow's New Western as Historiographic Metafiction." Anglica Wratislaviensia 31 (1996): 57-66. Print.Resisting (In)visible Women of Solidarity: Gender in American and Polish Oral History, Life Writing, Visual Arts and Film. Part 1 / Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak // Tropics of Resistance: Languages, Genres, Rhetoric, ed. by D. Kołodziejczyk, A. Matusiak and M. Świetlicki, “Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia” 2016. Special Issue English Edition, vol. 1 (5). Po recenzji- forthcoming 2016.

(język angielski, wydawnictwo zagraniczne, praca recenzowana, afiliacja UWr)Solidarity’s Sons and Daughters Ask Questions [Resisting (In)visible Women of Solidarity: Gender in American and Polish Oral History, Life Writing, Visual Arts and Film. Part 2 ]/ Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak // Trauma jako kulturowy palimpsest: (post)komunizm w kontekście porównawczym nowoczesności, totalitaryzmów i (post)kolonializmów, red. D. Kołodziejczyk, Bogdan Stefanescu i Mateusz Świetlicki, “Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia” 2017. Wydanie specjalne – wersja elektroniczna, vol. 2 (6). Po recenzji- forthcoming 2016.

(język angielski, praca recenzowana, afiliacja UWr)

Research and teaching
Fields of interest:
  • contemporary American literature, culture and media
  • fiction, life writing, non-superhero comics and graphic novels/ narratives
  • film and media studies
  • rock (docu)memoirs
  • representations of survivors of violence and trauma in literature, comics and film
  • intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, disablity, age, region
  • postcolonial studies (esp. the New History of the West)
  • travel narratives (esp. about the American West)

Courses taught:

  • Gendered Life Narratives Rock: Music, Film and Graphic Memoir
  • Auto/biography in Pictures: Comics, Graphic narratives and Film
  • Representations of Gender and Violence in Fiilm, Graphic Narratives and Fiction
  • American Diversity in Short Fiction, Comics and Film
  • Redefining American Selves: Engendered, Multicultural, Hybrid Western Narratives
  • Gender, Race, Class and Region in American Fiction and Autobiography
  • Trauma, Testimony and Agency- Representations of vVolence in Contemporary American Literature and Film
  • The American West in Postmodern American Film and Fiction
  • American Literature (Modernism and Naturalism, American Literature After World War II)
  • Native American and Chicano fiction, auto/biography and film
  • American Culture
  • Theory of Literature
  • Academic Writing
Selected publications
Selected Publications:

"Double Portrait with Ambiguous Loss : Shame, Grief and Art in Patti Smith's Relational Memoir Just Kids." In: Spectrum of Emotions: From Love to Grief . Eds. Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2016.  (Silesian Studies In Anglophone Cultures And Literatures ; 5). p. 97-110. Print.

“’Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair:’ Trauma, Writing, and Alternative Communities in Sapphire’s Push  and Its Film Adaptation.“ Anglica Wratislaviensis 50 (2012): 61-75. Print.

 “Disintegration of a Jewish Polish Identity and Re-Invention of a Postmodern Hybridized Self in Eva Hoffman’s Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language.” Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies 3 (2011): 201-213. Print.

 “’They came like a lion’- Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims as a Personal and Tribal Account of Native American and Euro-American Contacts” Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies 1 (2009): 221-228. Print.

”Fictions of Western Hypermasculinity and Freedom: A. Proulx’s Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories” Anglica Wratislaviensis 47 (2009). 9-16. Print.

 “M.A. Holley’s Texas Diaries—Death in Arcadia or: the Disrupted Pastoral” Anglica Wratislaviensis 45 (2007): 47-60. Print.

Topography of Conquests, Defiance and Re-invention: Opening up of the Midwest for Environmental History and Women’s Voices in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand AcresAnglica Wratislaviensia 44 (2006.) 9-16. Print.

Traveling Subjects: American Journeys in Space and Time, Co-editor with Dominika Ferens

and Justyna Kociatkiewicz. Kraków: Rabid, 2004. Print.

"The Category of Gender and New Historicism." Anglica Wratislaviensia 39 (2002): 49-58. Print

"The Other in the Pastoral Paradise: Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes and Colonial Discourse. " Anglica Wratislaviensia 33 (1998): 71-79. Print.

 "Rewriting the Story of Westward Expansion: Doctorow's New Western as Historiographic Metafiction." Anglica Wratislaviensia 31 (1996): 57-66. Print.Resisting (In)visible Women of Solidarity: Gender in American and Polish Oral History, Life Writing, Visual Arts and Film. Part 1 / Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak // Tropics of Resistance: Languages, Genres, Rhetoric, ed. by D. Kołodziejczyk, A. Matusiak and M. Świetlicki, “Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia” 2016. Special Issue English Edition, vol. 1 (5). Po recenzji- forthcoming 2016.

(język angielski, wydawnictwo zagraniczne, praca recenzowana, afiliacja UWr)Solidarity’s Sons and Daughters Ask Questions [Resisting (In)visible Women of Solidarity: Gender in American and Polish Oral History, Life Writing, Visual Arts and Film. Part 2 ]/ Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak // Trauma jako kulturowy palimpsest: (post)komunizm w kontekście porównawczym nowoczesności, totalitaryzmów i (post)kolonializmów, red. D. Kołodziejczyk, Bogdan Stefanescu i Mateusz Świetlicki, “Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia” 2017. Wydanie specjalne – wersja elektroniczna, vol. 2 (6). Po recenzji- forthcoming 2016.

(język angielski, praca recenzowana, afiliacja UWr)