University of Wisconsin–Madison

Halina Filipowicz
Professor, Slavic

Languages: Polish

Research/Language Interests: Polish literary and intellectual history; history and theory of drama and theatre; gender and women’s studies.

Education: Ph.D. (with distinction), University of Kansas, 1979

Affiliated Departments: Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Undergraduate Courses: Polish Literature, 14th to the Mid-19th Century (introductory survey); Polish Literature, Late 19th and 20th Centuries (introductory survey); Polish Literature, Middle Ages to 1863 (advanced course); Polish Literature since 1863 (advanced course); Polish Culture and Literature; Taboo Topics in Polish Literature and Culture; Representing the Holocaust in Poland (cross-listed with Jewish Studies)

Graduate Courses: Zarys historii literatury polskiej; Historia literatury polskiej do roku 1863; Historia literatury polskiej poroku 1863; Topics in Gender Theory and Criticism

Selected Publications


Eugene O'Neill. Warszawa: Wiedza Powszechna, 1985.

A Laboratory of Impure Forms: The Plays of Tadeusz Rózewicz. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Laboratorium form nieczystych: Dramaturgia Tadeusza Rózewicza. Trans. Tomasz Kunz. Kraków:     Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2000.

The Great Tradition and Its Legacy: The Evolution of Dramatic and Musical Theater in Austria and Central Europe.  Ed. Michael Cherlin, Halina Filipowicz, and Richard L. Rudolph. Volume 4 in the series Austrian History, Culture, and Society. Gary Cohen, General Editor. New York: Berghahn Books, 2003 [hardcover]; 2004 [paperback].

Polonistyka po amerykansku: Badania nad literatura polska w Ameryce Pólnocnej (1990-2005).  Ed. Halina Filipowicz, Andrzej Karcz, and Tamara Trojanowska. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Instytutu Badan Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 2005.

Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989.  Athens: Ohio University Press, 2014.


"Forum: Polish Emigre Literature." Slavic and East European Journal 33.2 (Summer 1989): 157-216.

Sacrum in Polish Literature. Trans. Joanna Dutkiewicz. Special issue of Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 47.3-4 (Spring - Summer 1995): 137-248.

"Forum: Rethinking Slavic Drama, Theatre, Performance." Slavic and East European Journal 43.1 (Spring 1999): 1-84.

"Forum: Mickiewicz: 'East' and 'West.'" Slavic and East European Journal 45.4 (Winter 2001): 605-731.

Debates about Gender and Feminism in Polish Culture.  Special issue of Polish Review 59.1 (2014).


"The Puzzle of Tadeusz Różewicz's White Marriage." Themes in Drama: Drama and Philosophy. Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. 211-23.

"Where is Gurutowski?" The Grotowski Sourcebook. Ed. Lisa Wolford and Richard Schechner. London: Routledge, 1997. 402-06.

"Performing Bodies, Performing Mickiewicz: Drama as Problem in Performance Studies." Slavic and East European Journal 43.1 (Spring 1999): 1-18.

"Mickiewicz: 'East' and 'West.'" Slavic and East European Journal 45.4 (Winter 2001): 606-23.

"Beginning to Theorize 'Polish Emigre Literature.'" Between Lvov, New York, and Ulysses' Ithaca: Józef Wittlin - Poet, Essayist, Novelist. Ed. Anna Frajlich. Torun: Nicholas Copernicus University; New York: Columbia University, 2001. 225-42.
"Taboo Topics in Polish and Polish/Jewish Cultural Studies." The Journal of the International Institute [University of Michigan] 9.1 (Fall 2001): 3-8.

"Home as Desire: The Popular Pleasures of Gender in Polish Emigre Drama." Framing the Polish Home: Postwar Cultural Constructions of Hearth, Nation, and Self. Ed. Bozena Shallcross. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002. 277-300.

"Shifting a Cultural Paradigm: Between the Mystique and the Marketing of Polish Theatre." Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze. Ed. Sibelan Forrester, Magdalena J. Zaborowska, and Elena Gapova. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 164-80.

“The Wound of History: Gender Studies and Polish Particulars.” Poles Apart: Women in Modern Polish Culture. Ed. Helena Goscilo and Beth Holmgren. Bloomington: Slavica, 2006. 147-67.

“What Good Are Polish Literary Studies in the United States?” Slavic and East European Journal 50.1 (Spring 2006): 117-34.

“School for Patriots? The Foundational Dramas of the American and Polish Revolutions Revisited.” Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes 52.1-2 (March - June 2010): 19-45.

“What’s Love Got to Do with It? Adam Mickiewicz’s Forefathers’ Eve, Part 4 and the Art of Transgressing the Private/Public Divide.”  New Perspectives on Polish Culture: Personal Encounters, Public Affairs.  Ed. Tamara Trojanowska et al. New York: PIASA Books, 2012. 13-31.

“El Teatro Laboratorio de Grotowski: disolución y diaspora.” Co-authored with Robert Findlay. Trans. Raul Bravo Aduna. Cuadrivio (April 2012).

“‘Am I That Name?’ Feminism, Feminist Criticism, and Gender Studies.” Polish Review 59.1 (2014): 3-15.

“Rediscovering Zofia Nalkowska.” Polish Review 61.4 (2016).