Halina Filipowicz


Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature

Affiliate, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies


Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1979



Research Interests: 

Сomparative drama studies; Polish drama and theatre, 18th century to the present; gender theory and criticism; Polish cultural and intellectual history

Courses Taught: 

UNDERGRADUATE: Introductory surveys to Polish Literature in Translation (14th to mid-10th century, Late 19th and 20th Centuries); Polish Literature, Middle Ages to 1863 (advanced); Polish Literature since 1863 (advanced); Polish Culture and Literature; Taboo Topics in Polish Literature and Culture; Representing the Holocaust in Poland: Ethical Issues; Gender in Polish Literature and Culture; Women in Slavic Literature; Masterpieces of Russian Drama

GRADUATE: Zarys historii literatury polskiej; Historia literatury polskiej do roku 1863; Historia literatury polskiej po roku 1863; Topics in Gender Theory and Criticsm: Genders, Sexes, Sexualities; Polish and Russian Drama (graduate seminar)

Selected Publications: 


  • Taking Liberties: Patriotism, Transgression, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989. Forthcoming from Ohio University Press, submitted September 2012. 600 pp.
  • Laboratorium form nieczystych: Dramaturgia Tadeusza Rózewicza. Trans. Tomasz Kunz. Krakow: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2000.
    • Second printing, 2000.
  • A Laboratory of Impure Forms: The Plays of Tadeusz Rózewicz. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
  • Eugene O'Neill. Warszawa: Wiedza Powszechna, 1975.


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

  • Polonistyka po amerykansku: Badania nad literatura polska w Ameryce Polnocnej (1990-2005). Ed. Halina Filipowicz, Andrzej Karcz, and Tamara Trojanowska. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Instytutu Badan Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 2005.
  • 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, General Editor, Gary Cohn. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003. [Hardcover edition]
    • Paperback edition, 2004.
  • Forum: Mickiewicz: "East" and "West." Ed. Halina Filipowicz. Slavic and East European Journal 45.4 (Winter 2001): 605-731.
  • Forum: Rethinking Slavic Drama, Theatre, Performance. Ed. Halina Filipowicz. Slavic and East European Journal 43.1 (Spring 1999): 1-84.
  • Sacrum in Polish Literature: A Poetics of Presence and Absence. Ed. Halina Filipowicz. Trans. Joanna Dutkiewicz. Special issue of Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 47.3-4 (Spring-Summer 1995): 141-243.
  • Forum: Polish Emigre Literature. Ed. Halina Filipowicz. Slavic and East European Journal 33.2 (Summer 1989): 157-216.


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

  • "Border States and Boundary Crossings: The Problem of Tadeusz Rózewicz's Plays." In A History of Polish Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Ed. Przemyslaw Czaplinski, Joanna Nizynska, and Tamara Trojanowska. Forthcoming.
  • "What's Love Got to Do with It? Adam Mickiewicz's Forefathers' Eve, Part 4 and the Art of Transgressing the Private/Public Divide." In New Perspectives on Polish Culture: Personal Encounters, Public Affairs. Ed. Tamara Trojanowska, et al. New York: PIASA Books, 2012. 13-31.
  • "Re-Envisioning Solidarity: History, Agency, and the Politics of Performance." Theatre and Performance in Russia and Eastern Europe: Today and Yesterday. Ed. Catherine Schuler. Special issue of Theatre Journal 62.3 (October 2010): 333-47.
  • "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.
  • "Tekst - performer: Dramaturgia Zbigniewa Herberta a problem performatywnosci." In Niepewna jasnosc tekstu: Szkice o tworczosci Zbigniewa Herberta 1998-2008. Ed. Jozef Maria Ruszar. Krakow: Wydawnictwo Platan, 2009. 387-419. 
  • "Pulapki, paradoksy i wyzwania gender studies." Ruch Literacki 50.2 (March-April 2009): 101-8.
    • A version of this article appears as a chapter in Polonistyka bez granic, ed. Ryszard Nycz, Wladyslaw Miodunka, and Tomasz Kunz, 2 vols. (Krakow: Universitas, 2010), 1:55-62.
  • "O mozliwych pozytkach ze studiowania polonistyki w Stanach Zjednoczonych." Trans. Tomasz Kunz. Wieloglos: Pismo Wydzialu Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego 4 (2008): 25-44.