Tamara Trojanowska

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


416 978 7982


214 College Street




Research interests

Intersections of drama and theatre with history, philosophy, religious thought and transgression

Theories of drama, theatre and performance

Polish culture and literature of the 20th and 21st centuries

Discourses of identity


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

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

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

Awards and Distinctions

SSHRC Insight Development Grant — An Exploratory Research in the AI-mediated Arts (co-applicant with Pia Kleber – applicant, Antje Budde, Sven Dickinson, David Rokeby – collaborators), 2018-2020
Dean’s Merit Award, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011
Book Institute in Kraków – book translation subvention (co-recipient), 2015, 2014
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
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
University of Toronto Open Fellowship, Toronto, 1987-91
Soros Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, Oxford, England, 1986-87

selected publications


“Transgression and Eschatology in the Works of Tadeusz Kantor.” In The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor. Eds. Magda Romanska and Cathleen Cioffi. (Northwestern UP, 2019), 17pp.

“Reception of Tadeusz Różewicz’s White Marriage in North America.” A bi-lingual History of Polish Literature. Interpretations. Eds. Magdalena Popiel and Tomasz Bilczewski. 2019.


Being Poland. A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918. Co-edited with Joanna Niżyńska and Przemysław Czapliński with the assistance of Agnieszka Polakowska. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.

“Introduction.” In Being Poland. A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918. Co-authored with Przemysław Czapliński and Joanna Niżyńska. (University of Toronto Press, 2018), xv-xxiv.

“Delectatio furiosa, or the modes of cultural transgression.” In Being Poland. A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918. (University of Toronto Press, 2018), 186-216.

“Teatr odwagi” [Theatre of Courage]. In Roman Brandstaetter, Dzień gniewu. Dramaty [Day of Wrath. Plays]. Selection Tamara Trojanowska. Edited by Barbara Stępniak. Warsaw: Institute of Literary Research at the Polish Academy of Science, 2016, 7-36.

“Wobec historii. Czytania dramatu: tekst czy kontekst?”[Facing History. Reading Drama: Text or Context?]. In Dramat w tekście – tekst w dramacie [Drama in Text – Text in Drama]. Eds. Artur Grabowski and 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 Polonistyka wobec wyzwań współczesności. Eds. S. Gajda, I. Jokiel. Vol. 1-2. Opole, 2014.


recent courses

Sources and Concepts in DTPS

Twentieth Century Theatre and Performance

Transgressions: Drama, Theatre, Performance




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