Tamara Trojanowska

Associate Professor, Polish Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Drama, Theatre and Performance Theory, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


416 926 2075


214 College Street




Research interests

Polish culture and literature of the 20th and 21st centuries
Intersections of culture and history
Discourses of identity
Theories of drama, theatre and performance


Ph. D.- University of Toronto, (1994)

Ph. D – Research, Oxford University, England, (1987)

M. A. – Jagiellonian University, Kraków (1983)

Awards and Distinctions

Book Institute in Kraków – book translation subvention (co-recipient), 2014
Dean’s Merit Award, 2012, 2011
Warsaw University, Centre for Polish Language and Culture “Polonicum,” honorary mention for the outstanding achievements in the field of Polish Studies abroad, 2006
Kościuszko Foundation – book publication subvention (co-recipient), 2004
Columbia University Harriman Institute – book publication subvention (co-recipient), 2014
Medal commemorating the centenary of discovery of radium for promoting the achievements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie awarded by the Society in Tribute to Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Warsaw, 2002
Award for Voluntary Work from the Canadian Federal Ministry of Heritage, 2001
Dean’s Excellence Award, Toronto 1999
Chicago Humanities Institute Fellowship, Chicago., 1997-98
Millennium Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, Toronto, 1992
University of Toronto Open Fellowship, Toronto, 1987-91
Soros Foundation Doctoral Scholarship – tuition for three quarters, accommodation and monthly stipend (Oxford, England), 1986-87

selected publications

“Wobec historii. Czytania dramatu: tekst czy kontekst?”

[Facing History. Readings of Drama: Text or Context?] Teatr, 5 (2014). Revised version in Dramat w tekście – tekst w dramacie [Drama in Text – Text in Drama]

. Ed. Jacek Kopciński. Warsaw: Polish Academy of Science, 2015.

“Co przeżyliśmy? Komunizm w polskim dramacie współczesnym”

[What Have We Experienced? Communism in Polish Contemporary Drama]. In Kongres Polonistyki Zagranicznej, Brzeg-Opole 10-13 lipca 2012 r. [Proceedings from the 5th Congress of Polish Studies Abroad, 2015]


“Introduction”, „Contested Modernity: New Drama in Poland.“ In New Perspectives on Polish Culture: Personal Encounters, Public Affairs. Ed. Tamara Trojanowska, Artur Płaczkiewicz, Agnieszka Polakowska, Olga Ponichtera. New York: PIASA, 2012:169-185.

“Performing Urban Palimpsest: City, History, and the Perils of Abundance.” In The Effect of the Palimpsest. Ed. Bozena Shallcross and Ryszard Nycz. Peter Lang, 2011:99-114.

recent courses

Dynamics of Polish Culture: A Survey
Shattered Worlds
From Eastern Europe to European Union: Postwar Polish Culture
What’s New? Polish Culture Today
The Curtain Never Falls: Polish Drama and Theatre in Context
Theatre and Cinema in Extremis (with prof. Veronika Ambros)
Major Paradigms of Polish Literature and Culture
Modernism and Postmodernism in Polish Literature.
Twentieth Century Theatre and Performance




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