Halina Filipowicz

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

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

About me: I serve as Series Editor for the Polish Studies Series at the Academic Studies Press in Boston and as book review editor for the arts and humanities at the multidisciplinary scholarly journal, The Polish Review, published by the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in New York and the Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci in Krakow, Poland. I am currently working on several research projects, including a co-edited volume entitled The Wheels of Change: Feminist Transgression in Polish Culture.

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. http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/journal/vol9no1/halina.html

"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). http://cuadrivio.net/2012/04/el-teatro-laboratorio-de-grotowski-disolucion-y-diaspora/

“‘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).



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