Join us in Fall 2021!

We're thrilled to offer a full catalog of literature and culture classes taught English! Learn more about Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, or Central Eastern Europe with us in Fall 2021.
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Michał Paweł Markowski

Professor, Head, and Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature

Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies


Building & Room:

1630 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4411


Area of Specialization

20th-century Polish Literature and Culture, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature


Polish and European Modernism and Avant-garde, contemporary literary theory, Continental philosophy, theory and practice of translation, world and comparative literature, politics of literature.

Selected Publications

Current Book Projects:

Transfigurations: A New History of European Modernity.
Aesthetic Askesis: Gogol, Flaubert, Nietzsche.

Recent Book Publications:

  • American Notebook; Indian Notebook; Andalusian Notebook (three notebooks with short essays and  photographs], Austeria: Kraków-Budapeszt 2016.
  • Dribble (in Polish), a collection of essays [on world literature, memory, hospitality, translation, media, intellectuals, soccer, hipster culture], Austeria: Kraków-Budapeszt 2015. Shortlisted for the Gdynia Prize in the Essay category in 2016.
  • Day on Earth (in Polish), Poznań 2014 [A novel, travel essays, and photographs]. Selected for the Angelus Prize, the best book in Central Europe in 2014. An excerpt in English:
  • The Politics of Sensibility: Introduction to the Humanities (in Polish), Universitas: Kraków 2013.
  • Universal Dissolution: Schulz, Existence, Literature (in Polish), Jagiellonian University Press: Kraków 2012.
  • Sun, Possibility, Delight: Essays [on photography (Cartier-Bresson), biographies, painting (Hopper, Bacon), and literature, in Polish], Czarne: Wołowiec 2010.


Ph.D. Literary Theory, Jagiellonian University (1996)
M.A., Polish Philology, Jagiellonian University, Poland (1986)