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dr Anna Pochmara-Ryżko

American literature

assistant professor

Room number: 221

Phone: +48 (22) 5531417

email: a.pochmara@uw.edu.pl

  Office hours: Winter semester 2019-2020
Wednesday - 12.30-14.00 (by e-mail appointment)
dr Anna Pochmara-Ryżko


M.A., University of Warsaw, 2002,

M.A., University of Warsaw, 2005

Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2009

Research interests and projects

  • African American literature and culture
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • American realism and modernism
  • Whiteness studies
  • Race, class, gender and sexuality in American literature and culture

Selected publications


Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2017). Bohaterowie w bezruchu. Przedstawienia męskości w zbiorze Mężczyźni bez kobiet a zmiany w ideologiach genderowych na początku XX wieku. In E. Łuczak (Ed.). Ernest Hemingway. (pp. 75-102). Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2016). "Harlem Renaissance/New Negro Movement". In E. Blum , C. Burnidge , E. Conroy-Krutz & D. Kinkela (Eds.). America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History. (pp. 445-447). Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. D. (2013). Amerykański picaro, „czarni biali” i „półmężczyźni-półkobiety”: kulturowa liminalność a fabuła pikareski i westernu w powieści Thomasa Bergera Mały Wielki Człowiek. In M. Paryż & A. Preis-Smith (Eds.). Amerykański western literacki w XX wieku. Między historią, fantazją a ideologią. (pp. 128-147). Warszawa: Czuły Barbarzyńca.

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2013). Gra w ciemno – dylematy i paradoksy lektury opowiadania. In E. Łuczak (Ed.). Toni Morrison. (pp. 47-64). Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.


Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2018). Cultural Studies as a Dominant, Literary Analysis as a Residual: Teaching American Studies in Poland in the Age of Populism. RSA Journal Rivista di Studi Americani, 29, (pp. 169-173).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2018). Enslavement to Philanthropy, Freedom from Heredity: Amelia E. Johnson’s and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Uses and Misuses of Sentimentalism and Naturalism. Polish Journal for American Studies, 12, (pp. 113-128).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. D. & Wierzchowska, J. (2017). Notes on the Uses of Black Camp. Open Cultural Studies, 1, (pp. 696–700).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. D. & Wierzchowska, J. L. (2017). Nobody Knows My Name: The Masquerade of Mourning in the Early 1980s Artistic Productions of Michael Jackson and Prince. Open Cultural Studies, 1, (pp. 628–645).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2017). Like Mother Like Daughter?: Matrilineal Opposition in African American Mulatta Melodrama. Anglica. An International Journal of English Studies, 26, (pp. 165-192).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2016). Failed patriarchs, familial villains, and slaves to rum: White masculinity on trial in African American mulatta melodrama. NJES. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 15, (pp. 208-235).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2016). Tropes of Temperance, Specters of Naturalism: Amelia E. Johnson’s Clarence and Corinne. Atlantis-Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies, 38, (pp. 45-62).

Pochmara-Ryżko, A. (2015). Between Elysium and Inferno: The Rhetoric of Ambivalence in Oscar Wilde’s and Rudyard Kipling’s Writings about America. The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 13, (pp. 56-75).

Older publications can be found on the complete list in PBN


Anna Pochmara-Ryżko is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, the University of Warsaw. She holds a double M.A. degree in American literature and culture. As a graduate student, she received a Fulbright Junior Grant to do research for her doctoral project at the, for which she earned a Ph.D. in 2009. Her interests include American modernist and realist fiction, gender and sexuality studies, and African American studies. She is the author of The Making of the New Negro: Black Authorship, Masculinity, and Sexuality (2011).