Department of Historical Poetics

Room 128
Ph. +48 (22) 657-27-01

Scholarly meetings: Wednesday 12.30-14.30

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department’s scholarly meetings have been moved to the online platform. Further information on the subject, dates and possibilities of participation is provided by prof. Andrzej Karcz:


Head: Magdalena Rembowska-Płuciennik, PhD, Associate Professor


Staff Members:

Professor Włodzimierz Bolecki

Tamara Brzostowska-Tereszkiewicz, PhD, Associate Professor

Marta Bukowiecka, PhD

Andrzej Karcz, PhD, Associate Professor

Agnieszka Kluba, PhD, Associate Professor

Maciej Maryl, PhD

Magdalena Rembowska-Płuciennik, PhD, Associate Professor

Beata Śniecikowska, PhD, Associate Professor


Professor Aleksandra Okopień-Sławińska (professor emeritus)

Professor Zdzisław Łapiński (professor emeritus)

Professor Ryszard Nycz (professor emeritus)


Research Areas:

Research interests of the members of the Department of Historical Poetics concern diverse literary genres and paraliterary forms in various historical and literary periods (mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries). They also represent various research methods. Research areas include:

• general issues of the humanities and philology, discourses and problems of modernity (R. Nycz, W. Bolecki);

• scholarly editing and archival research (W. Bolecki and a team led by A. Kluba);

• comparative literary modernisms, literary and cultural translation studies (T. Brzostowska-Tereszkiewicz);

• relations between literature and visual arts and different types of visual literature (B. Śniecikowska)

• narratology, reading and reception of literature, the specificity of the reception of printed and digital literature, and digital genre varieties (M. Rembowska-Płuciennik);

• traditions of 20th century Polish literary studies (A. Karcz);

• changes in the concept of literariness and non-literariness (M. Bukowiecka)

• digital humanities and the development of modern research infrastructure (M. Maryl)


Current collective research projects:


The Collected Writings of Janusz Sławiński" (“Monuments of Polish Philosophical, Theological and Social Thought of the 20th and 21st Centuries", Ministry of Science and Higher Education). Project leader: Professor Agnieszka Kluba.

The aim of the project entitled “The Collected Writings of Janusz Sławiński" is the first complete critical edition of the intellectual legacy of Professor Janusz Sławiński (1934–2014), one of the most outstanding Polish humanists and philosophers of literature of the 20th century. His work performed for more than half a century not only determined the history of modern theoretical and literary thought, establishing the Polish variant of Structuralism and redefining the native hermeneutic tradition, but also significantly influenced the development of the life of the Polish intelligentsia for many decades. The authors of the project intend to emphasize the importance of the role that Janusz Sławiński played in the Polish humanities as a person who in an unprecedented way combined the competences of a scholar with the ability to diligently formulate cognitive issues that go beyond the domain of literary research and beyond the field of humanities towards general scientific issues. Janusz Sławiński, professor of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Polish Academy of Skills, the co-founder of, among others, The Society for the Support and Propagation of Sciences and the Foundation for Polish Science, was an outstanding methodologist and experienced inspirer and organizer of scientific life who, until the end of his life, was reflecting on fundamental issues of the self-awareness of modern science, primarily those related to the ethos of the scientist’s profession, resulting from his social relationships and interactions. He also considered the issue of the place of the humanities within the domain of sciences, both its specificity and belonging to the scientific model of knowledge, as well as the role of threats to science resulting from ideological tendencies. The end result of the work of the four-person team will be a model critical edition of Janusz Sławiński’s Collected Writings, made public in open access at the Digital Repository of the Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences a year after the traditional publication.




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