dr hab. Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż

British literature

associate professor

Head of the Department of British Literature

Room number: 337

Phone: +48 (22) 5531415

email: m.a.sokolowska-paryz@uw.edu.pl

  Office hours: Summer semester 2019/2020
Wednesday - 12.00-13.30
dr hab. Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż


M.A., University of Warsaw, 1992

Ph.D., University of Warsaw, 2000

Postdoctoral (habilitation), 2013

Research interests and projects

  • The Great War in literature and film
  • The Second World War in literature and film
  • Writing/Showing the War Memorial in literature and film
  • Representations of the Third Reich in contemporary literature
  • Alternative and counterfactual histories
  • Constructions of history and memory in literature and film
  • Representations of violence and suffering in literature and film
  • Trauma studies
  • (De)Constructions of national identity in contemporary British and Commonwealth literature

Selected publications


  • Löschnigg, M., Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (Eds.) (2018) The Enemy in Contemporary Film. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Löschnigg, M., Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (Eds.) (2014) The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2014.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2012). Reimagining the War Memorial, Reinterpreting the Great War: The Formats of British Commemorative Fiction. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2002). The Myth of War in British and Polish Poetry, 1939-1945. Brussels: P.I.E./ Peter Lang.


  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2019) "The Truth (?) of Wartime Rape: Memory, Form and Meaning in Helke Sander’s Liberators Take Liberties and Wojciech Tochman’s Today We're Going to Draw Death.” Violence Against Women 25.13: 1594–1612.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2019) ‘“The difficult architecture of a new world’: Jane Urquhart, The Stone Carvers (2001)” The English Canadian Novel in the Twenty-First Century: Interpretations. Eds.. Maria Löschnigg and Martin Löschnigg, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag  Winter. 227-242.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M.  (2018) " A Different Perspective (?): Air Warfare in Derek Robinson’s Post-Memory Aviation Fiction.” Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses / Alicante Journal of English Studies 31. Special Issue: Reading the First World War 100 Years after. Eds. Sara Prieto and Nick Milne. 165-176.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2018) "Introduction." ANGLICA: An International Journal of English Studies. Special Issue The Great War 27.3: 5-11.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M., Löschnigg M. (2018) “Introduction.” The Enemy in Contemporary Film. Eds. Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 1-15.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M., (2018) "History, (Non)Memory and the Ideological Uses of Genre: Alternate Scenarios and Dystopian Visions." History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture. Ed. Regina Rudaitytė. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 173-188.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M., (2018) "Literackie konstrukcje traumy kulturowej: ideologiczny wymiar 'kobiet w żałobie' w powieściach Roberta Edrica In Desolate Heaven oraz Jodie Shields The Crimson Portrait", Teksty Drugie 4: Wielka Wojna: 56-71.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2016) “War Rape: Trauma and the Ethics of Representation.” Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After. Eds. Peter Leese and Jason Crouthamel. New York: Palgrave Macmillam. 223-244.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2016) “The Second World War in Recent Polish Counterfactuals and Alternative (Hi)stories.” The Long Aftermath: Historical and Cultural Legacies of Europe at War (1936-1945). Eds. Manuel Bragança and Peter Tame. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books. 316-330.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2015) “The Great War in Popular Detective Fiction.” The Great War: From Memory to History. Eds. Jonathan F. Vance, Kellen Kurschinski, Matt Symes, Steve Marti, and Alicia Robinet. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 79-98.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2015) “Remembering German Canadians in Jane Urquhart’s The Stone Carvers and Paul Gross’s Passchendaele: ‘Alien Citizens’ versus ‘the Birth of a Nation.’” North America, Europe and the Cultural Memory of the First World War. Eds. Martin Löschnigg and Karin Kraus. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 121-132.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2015) “Re-imagining the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in Contemporary British Writing.” Re-Imagining the First World War: New Perspectives in Anglophone Literature and Culture. Eds. Anna Branach-Kallas and Nelly Strehlau. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 92-109.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2015) “(Re)Remembering the Great War in Deathwatch.” Horrors of War: The Undead on the Battlefield. Eds. Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdon Van Riper. Lanham, Boulder, New York and London: Rowman and Littlefield. 118-135.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M.,  Löschnigg, M. (2014)  “Introduction: Have you forgotten yet…” The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film. Eds. Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 1-13.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M.  (2014) “The Great War and the Easter Rising in Tom Phelan’s The Canal Bridge: A Literary Response to the Politics of Commemoration in Ireland.” The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film. Eds. Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 335-347.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2013) “Reimagining the Great War in Grand-Historical Narratives: A Transnational Perspective on European History in the Twentieth Century.” Mnemosyne and Mars: Artistic and Cultural Representations of Twentieth-century Europe at War. Eds. Peter Tame, Dominique Jeannerod and Manuel Bragança. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 327-342.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2012). "The naked male body in the war film", Journal of War and Culture Studies, 5(1), 21–32.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2012). "Images of the Past: History and Memory as Photography in Graham Swift’s Out of this World", Acta Philologica, 41, 29–37.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2011). "Poet Laureates Remember the Last Veteran: Literature in the Functions of Monument and Memorial and the Rituals of National Commemoration", in L. Gruszewska and David Malcolm (Eds.), Here/Now - Then/There: Traditions, Memory, Innovation in Modern British and Irish Poetry. Vol. 5 (pp. 180–195). Gdańsk: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2010). "The court-room drama convention and the Scapegoats of the Empire in Bruce Beresfords’s film Breaker Morant". in G. Bystydzieńska and E. Harris (Eds.), From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria. Readings in 18th and 19th century British literature and culture vol. 2 (pp. 429–440). Warszawa: Ośrodek Studiów Brytyjskich.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, Marzena. (2009). "The Aesthetic Function of the Document / The Documentary Value of Literature: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood", Polish Journal for American Studies: Yearbook of the Polish Association for American Studies, 3, 141–153.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2008). "Re-writing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: Inter-textual dimensions of David Malouf’s Fictive History in The Conversations at Curlow Creek", in S. Nicieja and R. Wolny (Eds.), Australia: Identity, Memory and Destiny (pp. 31–40). Opole: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Opolskiego.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2005). "Document as Literature? Some Comments on the Generic Hybridity of Blake Morrison’s As If". Anglica, 14, 9–29.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2004). "Psychologising Discourse in Blake Morrison’s The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper", Approaches to Literature, 3, 103–113.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M. (2004). "Diagnosing Discourse: Poetry and Cancer in Peter Reading’s C", Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, LII (1), 1–17.
  • Sokołowska-Paryż, M, Cornis-Pope, M., Dąbrowski, M., Grabowicz, G., Penchev, B., Roberts, D., Slapsak, S., Snel G., Venclova T., Neubauer, J. (2004). "Nodes of Political Time: 1945", in M. Cornis-Pope and J. Neubauer (Eds.), History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Volume I (pp. 143–176). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Older publications can be found on the complete list in PBN


  • The Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies: Monuments (Bergen, Norway), 2019.
  • War Memories: Celebrations, Reconstructions, Representations and War Narratives in the English-Speaking World (18th to the 21st Century (the Canadian Institute for Military and Health Research/ L’institut canadien de recherche sur la sante des militaires et des veterans; Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario), 2018.
  • Memory Studies Association: Second Annual Conference (hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark), 2017.
  • International Cultural Responses to Wartime Rape  (Maynooth University, Ireland), 2017.
  • Redefining Australia and New Zealand: Historical Heritage and Contemporary Perspectives in Language, Culture and Literature (University of Opole, Poland), 2017.
  • Canada and War / Le Canada et les guerres (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń), 2016.
  • War Memories: Commemoration, Re-Enactment, Writings of War in the English-Speaking World 18th – 21st Centuries (Paris Diderot University, France), 2016.
  • History, Memory and Nostalgia: Literary and Cultural Representations (Vilnius University, Department of English Philology, LAUTE: Lithuanian Association of University Teachers of English, Lithuania), 2016.
  • Ethics of Storytelling: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature, Media and Visual Arts (University of Turku, Finland), 2015.
  • Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives Conference (University of Liverpool and University of Lancaster, Liverpool, UK), 2015.
  • “Les Gueles cassées” disfigurement and its legacies (University of Exeter, UK), 2015.
  • Re-Imagining the First World War: (Hi)stories, Myths and Propaganda in Anglophone Literature and Culture (Uniwersytet im. Mikołaja Kopernika, Toruń), 2014.
  • North America, Europe and the Cultural Memory of the First World War (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria), 2014.
  • AfterShock: Post-Traumatic Cultures since the Great War (Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark), 2013.
  • Memories of Conflict, Conflict of Memories (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, UK), 2013.
  • War and Memory: Artistic and Cultural Representations of Individual, Collective and National Memories in Twentieth-Century Europe at War. (Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN and The War and Memory Research Group, Queen’s University, Belfast, Warsaw), 2012.
  • The Great War: From Memory to History, (University of Western Ontario, Canada), 2011.
  • War, Literature and the Arts Conference (United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, USA), 2010.
  • War and the Body (Centre for European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth and the War and Media Network, London, UK), 2010.
  • Wojna i Pamięć w Literaturze, Sztuce, Języku (Gdańsk), 2009. 


Associate Editor: ANGLICA: An International Journal of English Studies