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Grażyna Plebanek, Izabela Filipiak and Urszula Chowaniec at LSE

LSE Literary Festival discussion, supported by the Polish Cultural Institute

Date: Saturday 19 February 2011
Time: 10.30am-12pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Ursula Chowaniec, Izabela Filipiak, Grazyna Plebanek

Three female Polish authors discuss migration in women's writing in Poland.

Urszula Chowaniec is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow Academy in Poland. She is also a researcher within an international project at the University of Tampere, Finland: Body, Generation and Transformation: Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (www.womenswriting.fi, 2007-2010), as well as the editor of the online cultural journal Women’s Writing Online. She teaches literary theory, gender studies and theory of translation (also as the visiting lecturer and supervisor at the University of Westminster and the Metropolitan University, London). She gained her PhD in literary studies at the Jagiellonian University in 2004 and is the author of In Search of Woman: On the Early Novels of Irena Krzywicka (W poszukiwaniu kobiety. O wczesnych powieściach Ireny Krzywickiej, 2007), she has co-edited Mapping Experience in Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (Cambridge Scholar Publishing 2010) and Masquerade and Femininity. Essays on Polish and Russian Women Writers (Cambridge Scholar Publishing 2008). She has published articles and book chapters on women’s writing, literary theory and literary and cultural history (e.g. in Gender and Sexuality in Ethical Context: Ten essays on Polish prose, ed. Knut Andreas Grimstad and Ursula Philips, Slavica Bergensia, Volume 5, 2005).

Izabela Filipiak is an author of several books of fiction and nonfiction who debuted after the fall of the iron curtain in Poland. She wrote her first two books in New York and her doctorate in Berkeley. She is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Gdańsk and the president of the Writers for Peace Foundation based in Poland.

Grazyna Plebanek – writer, author of best-selling novels Illegal Liaisons (WAB 2010) and Girls from Portofino (WAB 2005) as well as Box of Stilettos (2002, WAB 2006) and A Girl Called Przystupa. She has a regular column in the respected Polish weekly Polityka. Plebanek has worked as a journalist for Reuters News Agency and for Poland’ biggest daily Gazeta Wyborcza. She now publishes articles in the “Wysokie Obcasy” (High Heels) weekly supplement of Gazeta Wyborcza, in the Lampa literary monthly, in Newsweek, Elle, as well as Pogranicza and Bluszcz. She is the author of short stories published in the following anthologies: Dziewczynskie bajki na dobranoc (Girls’ good-night stories, AMEA 2008), Zaraz wracam (Back shortly, Centrum Kultury Zamek, 2008), Projekt mezczyzna (Project Man, wydawnictwo Delikatesy, 2009), Piatek, 2:45 (Friday, 2:45, Filar 2010). Born in Warsaw, Plebanek has lived for five years in Stockholm and she now resides in Brussels. She is among a group of international artists whose portraits will be exhibited in Brussels Gare de l’Ouest for the next 10 years.

All events in the Literary Festival programme are free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available to request online via LSE Shop.

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