dr Robert Kusek

Robert Kusek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies in literature and Culture at the Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He graduated with honours from the Institute of English Studies (2005) and the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication (2006) at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 2011, he was awarded a PhD degree and in 2018 a D.Litt degree (both by the Faculty of Philology at the Jagiellonian University).


He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the annual prizes of the Rector and Dean of the Jagiellonian University, the Corbridge Trust Fellowship and SUISS Fellowship. He was a student and conducted research at the University of East Anglia, University of Exeter, University of Edinburgh, University of Texas at Austin, University of Trieste and University of Cambridge.
As a journalist, he worked for the Polish National Radio. Since 2008, he has been a coordinator of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures at the Institute of European Heritage of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.


His research interests include life writing genres, contemporary novel in English as well as comparative literature (in particular the links between Central Europe and South Africa), poetics of memory and loss, heritage studies, visual arts and queer. He has attended a number of international conferences, managed several academic and educational projects, and has widely published academic papers, reports, analyses and interviews.


He has published, co-edited and written •    two monographs and 11 volumes of articles (co-editor), over 40 academic papers published in books and academic journals and  close to 50 articles, reviews, interviews, reports and analyses published in various Polish and international publications.


Selected publications from 2015-2018:


1.    Ewa Kowal, Bożena Kucała, Robert Kusek (eds.), Powieść brytyjska w XXI wieku. Szkice, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków 2018.
2.    Robert Kusek, Through the Looking Glass: Writers’ Memoirs at the Turn of the 21st Century, Jagiellonian University Press, Kraków 2017.
3.    Robert Kusek, Wojciech Szymański, „Neither Here Nor There”: Ali Smith and the Nachleben of Aby Warburg, [in:] „Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies”, Vol. XXIII(2)/2017, pp. 263–284.
4.    Robert Kusek, Blue Is (Not) the Warmest Colour: Contradictions of Grieving in Joan Didion’s Blue Nights, [in:] „Brno Studies in English”, Vol. 43(1)/2017, pp. 171–183.
5.    Ewa Kowal, Robert Kusek (eds.), Powieść irlandzka w XXI wieku. Szkice, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków 2016.
6.    Robert Kusek, Umarł im. Żałoba i autobiografia w Norze Webster Colma Tóibína, [in:] Powieść irlandzka w XXI wieku. Szkice, Ewa Kowal, Robert Kusek (eds.), Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków 2016, pp. 151–168.
7.    Krzysztof Broński, Robert Kusek, Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga (eds.), Pamięć, wybór, tożsamość. Szkice o mieście, Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Kraków 2016.
8.    Robert Kusek, „Il veleno di Auschwitz” . Literacki wizerunek Krakowa w prozie angielskojęzycznej XX i XXI wieku, [in:] Pamięć, wybór, tożsamość. Szkice o mieście, Krzysztof Broński, Robert Kusek, Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga (eds.), Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Kraków 2016, pp. 277–294.
9.    Robert Kusek, La vie d'un coeur. Autobiograficzny tetraptyk Alice Munro, [in:] Alice Munro. Wprowadzenie do twórczości, M. Bucholtz (ed.), Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek, 2015, pp. 355-372.
10.    Robert Kusek, Challenging Generic Conventions: Levels of Life by Julian Barnes and the genre of (auto)thanatography, [in:] „Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies" Vol. 26(2)/2015, pp. 149-160.
11.    Robert Kusek, Provincial, yet Major? Damon Galgut's Arctic Summer and Transnationalism of Biographical Fiction, [in:] „Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies", New Series (Volume 3.1, Spring 2015), pp. 3-20.
12.    Robert Kusek, Wojciech Szymański, An Unlikely Pair: J.M. Coetzee and Berlinde De Bruyckere, [in:] „Werkwinkel. Journal of Low Countries and South African Studies" 10(1)2015, pp. 13-32.
13.    Robert Kusek, Upheavals of Emotions, Madness of Form. Mary M. Talbot's and Bryan Talbot's Dotter of Her Father's Eyes and a Transdiegetised (Auto)Biographical Commix, [in:] „Prague Journal of English Studies" 4(1) 2015, pp. 107-121.
14.    Robert Kusek, Between Friends? Here and Now, or an „Epistolary Dialogue" between J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster, [in:] J.M. Coetzee: Dead-Ends and Beyond, L. Gruszewska-Blaim, T. Wiśniewski (eds.), Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Uniwerytetu Gdańskiego, 2015, pp. 171-192.