When did you graduate? Aug. 2010
Thesis title: "Shadow Play": Pre-cinematic Spectacle and the Adaptation of Persian and Arabic Literature (A Thousand and One Nights).
Supervisor: Janelle Blankenship
What did you do after graduating? Started a research-creation PhD project at Cultural Studies program at Queen's University-Canada
What are you doing now? I am working on the written component of the PhD project which I expect to defend in Aug. 2014
Comparative Literature at Western is a vibrant, diverse and rich intellectual community. As a graduate student I received permanent and productive academic support and attended weekly seminars in which other graduate students and faculty shared their work in progress. This prepared me to do good quality research and to present my work in other intellectual forums. Meanwhile, the exchange of ideas and critical thoughts among the students and faculty in the program provided a platform for challenging myself and my assumptions about comparative literature, film, art and their theories and scholarship.
Originally from Poland, Agnieszka completed her BA in English at Queen's University and her MA in English and Film at Wilfrid Laurier University. She chose Western's Comparative Literature program in order to be able to work with a non-English literature. Her dissertation work analyzes how novels look back on social movements and examines the effect of rhetoric and collective memory on individual participants. Her analysis focuses on novels written after the American Civil Rights Movement and the Polish Solidarity movement.
PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
Comparative Literature MA 2
After completing a double major in Comparative Literature and French at Western, followed by an MA in Comparative Literature. Her thesis focused on 19th-century European culture and the evolution of the figure of the dandy. She is continuing with academics by pursuing her interests in translation, with an MA in Translation Studies at Concordia University.