dr Agata Zarzycka

dr Agata Zarzycka
Position Assistant Professor
Department Department of American Literature and Culture
Office hours http://www.ifa.uni.wroc.pl/dla-studenta/office-hours/?lang=pl

I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2007.
My research deals with broadly understood speculative fiction and transmedial phenomena of popular culture. In my PhD dissertation I approached role-playing games from the perspective of poststructuralist critical theories. I am the author of Socialized Fiction: Role-Playing Games as a Multidimensional Space of Interaction between Literary Theory and Practice (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Grado, 2009) and a co-editor of Relevant across Cultures: Visions of Connectedness in Modern Fantasy Literature for Young Readers (Oficyna Wydawnicza Atut, 2009). I have published on contemporary speculative and gothic fiction, role-playing games, video games and transmedial narratives. In my current research project I use concepts of self-fashioning to consider the impact of gothic convention and participatory culture on popular culture.

Research interests:

  • Theories of self-fashioning
  • Posthumanism
  • Convergence culture and participatory culture
  • Transmediality
  • Gothic studies and fiction
  • Subcultural studies
  • Game studies, video games and role-playing games
  • Speculative fiction

Selected courses:

  • American culture
  • MA seminars focused on speculative and gothic fiction
  • "Fantasy as a Literature of Difference"
  • "American Goth(ic): From a Social Phenomenon to a Cultural Trope"
  • "Reading and Writing in Convergence Culture: Literary Studies Meet Fan Studies"