prof. ucz. dr hab. Małgorzata Łuczyńska-Hołdys

Deparment of British Literature

associate professor

Room number: 2.243

Phone: +48 (22) 5531415


  Office hours: Winter semester 22/23
Tuesday 10.00-11.30
room 2.243

Winter exam session:
31/01 - 10.30-12.00
7/02 - 10.30-12.00
prof. ucz. dr hab. Małgorzata Łuczyńska-Hołdys


M.A., University of Warsaw, 1997

Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2002

Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, 2002

Associate Professor, University of Warsaw, 2014

Research interests and projects

Romantic and Victorian poetry

William Blake: poetry and designs

The Pre-Raphaelites (poetry and painting)

19th century art

The visual and the written: the relations between poetry and painting

Image of women in art and literature of the Romantic and Victorian periods

Gender in 19th century literature and culture

Selected publications


Łuczyńska-Hołdys, Malgorzata (2021). The Written and the Visual. Representations of Women in English Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Art. Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht UniPress.

Godlewicz-Adamiec, J., Krawczyk, D., Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. Piszczatowski, P., Sokołowicz, M. (Eds). (2020). Femmes et le Savoir / Women and Knowledge / Frauen und Wissen. Classiques Garnier.

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). Soft-Shed Kisses: Re-visioning the Femme Fatale in English Poetry of the 19th Century. . Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2020)“Keats, the Grotesque and the Victorian Visual Imagination: Isabella; or the Pot of Basil”. Romantic Dialogues and Afterlives. Ed. Monika Coghen and Anna Paluchowska-Messing. Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 159-170

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2020). “Attitudes to female education in 19th century English literature written by women From Jane Austen to Amy Levy.” Femmes et le Savoir / Women and Knowledge / Frauen und Wissen. Classiques Garnier,  pp. 347-361. DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-09681-8.p.0347

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. et al. (2020). “Introduction”. Femmes et le Savoir / Women and Knowledge / Frauen und Wissen. Classiques Garnier, pp. 7-16. DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-09681-8.p.0007

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2017). Kobieta, sztuka, samotność, piękno: poezja Alfreda Tennysona na płótnach prerafaelitów. In J. Godlewicz-Adamiec , P. Kociumbas & T. Szybisty (Eds.). Literatura a malarstwo. (pp. 321-338). Kraków, Warszawa: Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie, Uniwersytet Warszawski.

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2017). The Sympathetic Eye: Representations of the Figure of Medea in English Culture in the Late Victorian Period. In M. Pypeć , A. Kędra-Kardela & A. Kędzierska (Eds.). Studies in English Literature and Culture. Festschrift in Honour of Professor Grażyna Bystydzieńska. (pp. 165-176). Lublin: Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press.

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2016). Rossetti's Muses: Representations of Elizabeth Siddall, Fany Cornforth and Jane Morris in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Pictorial Art. In G. Bystydzieńska & E. Harris (Eds.). From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria. Readings in 18th and 19th century British Literature and Culture. Vol. 5. (pp. ). Warszawa: Uniwersytet Warszawski, Instytut Anglistyki - Pracownia "Ośrodek Studiów Brytyjskich".

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2016). The Road of Excess Leads to the Palace of Wisdom: Emotions, Superfluity and the Body in Selected Romantic Texts. In T. Bruś & M. Tereszewski (Eds.). Production of Emotions: Perspectives and Functions. (pp. 77-84). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2016). From the Romantic to the Decadent Aesthetics: Illustrations for John Keats's Isabella, or the Pot of Basil. In G. Bystydzieńska (Ed.). Things and Images in 18th and 19th century British Literature and Culture. (pp. 155-168). Warsaw: Pracownia "Ośrodek Studiów Brytyjskich" Instytut Anglistyki UW.

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). Perilous Principle in the World – Female from the First’: Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Stories of the Fall,. In A. Ciuk , S. Nicieja & R. Wolny (Eds.). Evil and Ugliness across Literatures and Cultures. (pp. ). Opole: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Opolskiego.

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). Rossetti and the complexities of gender. In J. Fabiszak , E. Urbaniak-Rybicka & B. Wolski (Eds.). Crossroads in Literature and Culture. (pp. ). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.


Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2020). "Spring’s Brief Bloom: Responses to Botticelli’s Primavera in British Aestheticism". Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism 5, (pp. 81-103).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M., (2020). The Experience of Female Embodiment in William Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of AlbionNordic Journal of English Studies, 19(1), (pp. 1–27).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2016). "Awful doubt" and "faith so mild": The Images of Nature from William Blake to Matthew Arnold. Acta Philologica, 49, (pp. 163-173).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2014). "Like a God throned on a winged planet" - religious encounter in P.B.Shelley's "Epipsychidion". The New Review, 4, (pp. 75-85).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2014). "Darkling I listen": melancholia, self and creativity in Romantic nightingale poems. Anglica. An International Journal of English Studies, 23, (pp. 105-114).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2014). She 'felt no fear at all'? The Virgin Mary and the Feminist Voice in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Girlhood of Mary Virgin and Ecce Ancilla Domini!. Acta Philologica, 45, (pp. 36-42).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2014). “For Where Thou Fliest I Shall Not Follow”: Memory and Poetic Song in Algernon Charles Swinburne’s “Itylus”. Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, 23, (pp. 74-84).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). (In)significant Details: Vision and Perception in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘My Sister’s Sleep’ and ‘The Blessed Damozel'. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 61.2, (pp. 121-136).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). “Life exhal’d in milky fondness”- Becoming a Mother in William Blake’s The Book of Thel.’. BLAKE-AN ILLUSTRATED QUARTERLY, 46, (pp. 18-32).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). In the land of Ulro: Satan as a concept of mistaken creativity in William Blake's poetry and designs. Anglica. An International Journal of English Studies, 22, (pp. 35-44).

Łuczyńska-Hołdys, M. (2013). In the looking glass: the mirror symbolism in Victorian poetry and painting. Acta Philologica, 43, (pp. 45-50).

Older publications can be found on the complete list in PBN


I’ve been interested in Romantic and Victorian poetry for years. My fascination started with William Blake and John Keats and gradually expanded to include other poets of the 19th century. Reading Keats has naturally led me to the Pre-Raphaelites and 19th century art in general. In my research and teaching I try to combine various approaches - feminist, gender, cultural studies, semiotics of art and literature. I teach courses on Romantic poets, the visual and the written in 19th century England, William Blake. My newest course  - Femme Fatale in 19th century English poetry (and art) is a direct expression of my academic research of this theme. All of my courses, although based on 19th century texts, relate to contemporary concerns - the construction of femininity and masculinity in culture, the male gaze theory, aesthetic issues, psychological readings, the relation between words and images, self and the world.