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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Ewa Thompson
Research Professor
Research Professor of German Studies
 
e-mail:ethomp@rice.edu
 
  • B.A., University of Warsaw
  • M.A., Sopot Conservatory of Music
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Classical and European Studies
   Department of German Studies
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Humanities Research Center
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    Websites
     www.owlnet.rice.edu/~ethomp
     
    Research Areas
     Russian and Polish literature and culture
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    "Can we communicate? On epistemological incompatibilities in contemporary academic discourse," College and the Academic Community in the European and American Tradition, edited by Mark O’Connor and Piotr Wilczek (Boston-Warsaw: Boston College and University of Warsaw Press, 2010),  pp. 205–211

     
     

    Whose Discourse? Telling the Story in Post-Communist Poland,” The Other Shore: Slavic and East European Cultures Abroad, Past and Present, vol. 1, no. 1 (2010), 1–15.

     
     

    Ewa M. Thompson "Genrik Senkevich, Aleksei Tolstoi i <> Semiuela Khantingtona." Istorik i khudozhnik, 1-2 (15-16), . 5 (2008) : 170-182.

     
     

    "Imperskoe znanie: russkaia literatura i kolonialism, trans. Tatiana Nedbaeva." Perekryostki, VII/1-2 (Vilnius 2007)

     
     

    "Ways of Remembering: the Case of Poland." Toronto Slavic Quarterly, vol. 12 (Spring 2005)

     
     

    "Discourse, Empire and memory in Postcommunist Russia." New Zealand Slavonic Journal, 37 (2003) : 155-164.

     
     

    "Falsifying a Polish Classic." Chesterton Review, 28 (2002) : 549-551.

     
     

    "Ways Out of the Postmodern Discourse." Modern Age, 45 (2003) : 195-207.

     
     

    "Nacjonalizm, kolonializm, tozsamosc." Teksty Drugie, May (1999) : 25-39.

     
     

    "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward and the Russian Colonialist Experience." Slavia Orientalis, 46, No. 4 (1997) : 545-556.

     
     

    "Nationalism, Imperialism, Identity: Second Thoughts." Modern Age, 40, No. 3 (1998) : 250-261.

     
     Articles
     

    14 tez A.D. 2010, Arcana, no. 96 (6), 2010, 43-49.

     
     

     

    Közép-Európa története mint posztkolonialista elbeszélés,” translated into Hungarian by Lajos Pálfalvi, Nagyítás, January 2010

     
     

    "Postmodernism and European Memory," Modern Age, vol. 51, no. 2 (Spring 2009), 107–117

     
     

    "America, Russia, and the EU." Washington Times (8 July 2007)

     
     

    "Kolonialna mentalnosc polskich elit." Europa (no. 180 14 September 2007)

     
     

    "Narodowosc i polityka." Europa (no. 165 2 June 2007)

     
     

    "Polish polls and the press." Washington Times (25 October 2007)

     
     

    "Somber anniversaries, chances to reconcile." Washington Times (23 September 2007)

     
     

    "Postcommunist Central Europe at 17." Washington Times (2 July 2006)

     
     

    "Sarmatism and postcolonialism." Europa (no. 46/2006)

     
     

    "Edward Said and the Polish Question." Europa (29 June 2005)

     
     

    "The strength of literature and the strength of the state." Europa (16 February 2005)

     
     

    "World War II Victory Remembered and Not." Washington Times (May 15 2005)

     
     Books
     

    Di guo yi shi (Imperial Knowledge), translated into Chinese by Yang De-you

    (Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2009) 

     
     

    Pesniary imperii (Imperial Knowledge), translated into Belarusian by Taciana Niadbaj (Minsk: Medysont, 2009)

     
     

    Trubaduri imperii: rossiiska literatura i kolonializm  (Imperial Knowledge), translated into Ukrainian by Maria Korczynska (Kyiv: Osnovy, 2006)

     
     

    Witold Gombrowicz (Witold Gombrowicz), translated into Polish by A. Sierszulska (Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2002)

     
     

    Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000)

     
     

    Trubadurzy imperium: Literatura rosyjska i kolonializm (Imperial Knowledge), translated into Polish by Anna Sierszulska (Krakow: Universitas, 2002)

     
     

    Understanding Russia: The Holy Fool in Russian Culture, translated into Chinese by Yang De-you (Beijing: Beijing University Press, 1998)

     
     

    Understanding Russia: The Holy Fool in Russian Culture, translated into Chinese by Yang De-you (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1995)

     
     

    Understanding Russia: The Holy Fool in Russian Culture (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987)

     
     

    Witold Gombrowicz (Boston: Twayne, 1979)

     
     

    Russian Formalism and Anglo-American New Criticism: A Comparative Study (The Hague: Mouton, 1971)

     
     Book chapters
     

    Ewa M. Thompson, "Leo Tolstoy and the Idea of a Good Life." Kultura rosyjska w ojczyznie i diasporze (2007) : 231-238.

     
     

    Ewa M. Thompson, "Postcolonial Russia." Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and Its Empires (2008)

     
     

    "Nacjonalizm a tozsamosc." Polonistyka po amerykansku: Badania nad literatura polska w Ameryce Polnocnej (1990-2005) (Warsaw IBL 2005) : 286-300.

     
     

    "Anton Chekhov and Russian colonialism: the denial of identity in Ostrov Sakhalin." Studia Rossica (2005) : 75-86.

     
     

    "Holy Fools and Shamanism." Critical Concepts in Sociology, edited by A. Znamenskii, 2 (Routledge 2004) : 355-382.

     
     

    "Leopold Tyrmand, Peripheral Subordination and the American Conservative Movement." Living in Translation, edited by Halina Stephan (Rodopi 2003) : 153-169.

     
     

    "The Changing Semantics of Diaspora/Emigration: the Politics of Recognition ." Literatura Rosyjska w Kontekstach Miedzykulturowych, edited by Jerzy Lukszyn (Univ of Warsaw 2001) : 330-340.

     
     

    "Russian Literature and Imperialism: the Late Soviet and Early Post-Soviet Periods." Reconstructing the Canon: Russian Writings in the 1980s, edited by Arnold McMillin (Amsterdam: Harwood 2000) : 243-258.

     
     

    "Russian Holy Fools." Ideas in Russia, 1 (U. of Lodz Press 1999) : 482-485.

     
     

    "East Central European Democracies and Russia." Libre echange et identite culturelle (Paris:Presses Univ 1998) : 201-211.

     
     Book reviews
     

     

    Irena Grudzinska Gross, "Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky: Fellowship of Poets," Slavic Review, vol. 69, no.4 (Winter 2010), 995.

     
     

    "Politicizing magic." Canadian American Slavic Studies (Winter 2007)

     
     

    "Russian Nationalism and the Politics of Soviet Literature: The Case of Nash Sovremennik." Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 9, no. 4 (2007)

     
     

    "Zbigniew Herbert, or the Courage to Live." Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (May 2007)

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    Ewa M. Thompson "Postmodernizm, pamiec, logocentryzm,." Nieobecnosc: pominiecia i przemilczenia w narracjach XX wieku (2008) : 54-75.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    ""Can we communicate? On epistemological incompatibilities in contemporary academic discourse"." (May 28, 2009, University of Warsaw)

     
     

    ""History of Central Europe as a Postcolonial Narrative" (in Polish)." (November 7, 2009, Polish Ombudsman Conference)

     
     

    "Anton Chekhov and Russian Colonialism." A.P. Cechovs Werk-Heute, University of Warsaw. (19 March 2004)

     
     

    "Kolonializm a arcydzielo literackie." University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. (11 December 2002)

     
     

    "O DZIENNIKU Witolda Gombrowicza: postmodernizm, tomizm, tozsamosc narodowa." University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. (10 December 2002)

     
     

    "Ways of Remembering: the Case of Poland." University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. (5 March 2002)

     
     

    "Aleksandr Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy and Other Colonialists." University of Warsaw. (16 May 2001)

     
     

    "Colonialism, Empire and Memory in Postcommunist Russia." University of Bremen. (14 May 2001)

     
     

    "Empire and Memory in Postcommunist Russia." Princeton University. (4 May 2001)

     
     

    "Nation, Colonialism, Identity." University of Warsaw. (10 May 2001)

     
     

    "Troubadours of the Empire." University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (2 March 2001)

     
     

    "The Literary Techniques of Colonialism." Inaugural lecture, Chair of Literary Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. (October 16, 2000)

     
     

    "Three Perceptions of the Fall of Communism: Central European, American, and Russian, and Their Possible Influence on Future Conflicts." University of Bremen Lecture Series, Bremen, Germany. (June 16, 1999)

     
     

    "Troubadours of the Empire: Russian Literature and Colonialism." University of Bremen, Forschungstelle Ost und Ostmittel Europa, Bremen, Germany. (June 23, 1999)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Postcolonialism in Central Europe." Conference on the East European Intelligentsia, University of Warsaw. (25 June 2007)

     
     

    "Postmodernism, memory, logocentrism." Conference on the Forgotten Texts, University of Warsaw. (4-6 December 2007)

     
     

    "From A Far Country: When the Poles Came, and Why." Galveston College Lecture Series, Galveston, TX. (September 25, 2003)

     
     

    "Leo Tolstoy and the Idea of a Good Life." Rice Alumni College, Rice University. (March 1, 2003)

     
     

    "Warsaw on the Brazos: Polish Americans in Texas." University of Texas-Austin. (March 29, 2003)

     
     

    "Understanding Russia: the Holy Fool in Russian Culture." Houston Philosophical Society, Houston, TX. (17 October 2002)

     
     

    "Aleksandr Borodin's Prince Igor." Houston Grand Opera, (20 January 2001)

     
     

    "Is Russia a Colonial Empire? (in Russian)." Voice of America Russian Broadcast, (23 November 2000) With Semyon Reznik, interviewer

     
     

    "Russian Literature and Colonialism (in Russian)." Voice of America Russian Broadcast, (30 November 2000) With Semyon Reznik, interviewer

     
     

    "Alexander Ostrovsky and THE THUNDERSTORM." Houston Grand Opera, Houston, Texas. (October 21, 2000)

     
     

    "The Russian Factor in Contemporary Polish Politics." Sixth Biennial Conference on Central European Affairs, Saint Mary's College, Orchard Lake, MI. (May 19, 2000)

     
     

    "Leo Tolstoy and Russian Literature." Houston Grand Opera, Houston, Texas. (April 17, 1999)

     
     

    "Leo Tolstoy's RESURRECTION." Houston Grand Opera, Houston, Texas. (April 24, 1999)

     
     

    "Polish Americans and Their History." Rathaus, City of Bremen, Bremen, Germany. (June 24, 1999)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Ways of Remembering: the Case of Poland." University of Toronto, Canada. (15 April 2005)

     
     Lectures
     

    ""When the chips are down: Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor"." Rice Alumni College, Rice University. (March 5, 2005)

     
     Panelist
     

    "Divided We Stand: Reflections on Social Activism of Ethnic Americans." Seventh International Conference on Central European Affairs, Saint Mary's College, MI. (25 October 2002)

     
     

    "Russian Colonialism in the Master Narrative of Russian Literary Criticism: Is a Paradigm Change Possible?." American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, Arlington, VA. (17 November 2001)

     
     

    "Diasporic/Exilic Literature." Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Denver, CO. (November 11, 2000)

     
     

    "Russian Literature and Colonialism." Sixth Biennial Conference on Central European Affairs, Saint Mary's College, Orchard Lake, MI. (May 18, 2000)

     
     

    "The Fall of the Wall: What Happened to the Heroes of 1989?." Southwest Slavic Association Conference, Texas A & M University. (February 26-28, 1999)

     
     Workshops
     

    "The Solidarity Movement: Why Poland?." University of Saint Thomas, Peace and Justice Program, Houston, TX. (13 November 2002)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Sarmatian Review. Polish Institute of Houston. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Modern Age. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Intercollegiate Review. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Chesterton Review. (2004 - 2004)

     Editor, Sarmatian Review. (2004 - 2004)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Annual Award, The W. and Nelli Turzanski Foundation (2004)

     The Will Herberg Prize for Outstanding Faculty Service, Intercollegiate Studies Institute (2003)

     Cross of Honor of the Republic of Poland, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland (12/07/02)