Agata Szczeszak-Brewer came to the United States from Poland as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 2002 and later completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. In 2006, she took the position of Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, where she teaches courses on James Joyce, 20th-century British and Irish Literature, and Postcolonial Literature, among others. She is the author of Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce (University Press of Florida, 2010) and the recipient of the Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award for 2007. Currently, she serves as a Trustee of the Joseph Conrad Society of America (elected in January 2011). She is the director of Senior Colloquium at Wabash and the chair of the Gender Issues Committee.
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2006
M.A., English, University of Wroclaw, Poland, 2002
English 214--British and Irish Literature after 1900
English 397--Literary and Cultural Theory
English 340--James Joyce’s Ulysses
English 330--Postcolonial Literature and Theory
English 497--Senior Seminar, “The Body of the Other in 20th-century British and Postcolonial Literature”
English 109--World Literature in Translation
Freshman Tutorial: Immigration and Exile
English 398--Cultural Studies: The Wire
“Mocking Cartography: Joyce’s ‘non-places’,” at the XXII International James Joyce Symposium, Charles University, Prague, 13/6/2010-18/6/2010.
“‘Harlequin gives me the creeps’: Conrad’s Demons, Feminine Voracity, and Colonial Exorcism,” at the MLA Convention, San Francisco, 12/27/08-12/29/08.
“Conrad’s Priapic Dance,” at the MLA Convention, San Francisco, 12/27/08-12/29/08.
“Joyce’s Vagina Dentata: Manhood, Nationhood, and Female Vampirism,” at the “Re-nascent Joyce” XXIst International James Joyce Symposium, Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France, 6/15 – 6/20/2008.
“The Celtic Caliban: Beyond Manichaeism in Late-Colonial Literature and Visual Culture,” at the American Comparative Literature Association 2007 Conference, Puebla, Mexico, 4/18/07-4/22/07.
“Ireland, Poland, India: Against ‘pathologies of power’ and ‘goblins of sectarianism’,” at SOFEIR (Institut du Monde Anglophone) 2007 “Ireland: Going East” conference, the Sorbonne, Paris, 3/16/07-3/17/07.
“Kulturkampf, Colonialism, and Celtic-Slavic Disenfranchisement,” at MPCA/MACA Irish Studies Area, Indianapolis, 10/27-06-10/29/06.
“A Fall into the Profane: Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Language,” at “Conrad’s Polish-Ukrainian Footprints”: IV International Joseph Conrad Conference at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland and the Polish Press Association Conference Centre, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. 06/19/06-06/23/06.
“Mastering Chaos amidst Ghosts, Demons, and Foreigners,” at the XXth International James Joyce Symposium, Budapest, 06/11/06-06/17/06.
“Joyce the Player,” at “In Track of the Sun: Reflections on Joyce,” at the 17th Miami Joyce Conference, Coral Gables, 02/02/06-02/04/06.
“‘I will not sleep here tonight. Home also I cannot go’: The Profane Pilgrimage in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” at “Return to Ithaca” - 2005 North American James Joyce Conference; Cornell University, 06/14/05-06/18/05.
“Subverting the ‘Religion of Silver and Iron’: Conrad and Michel de Certeau,” at Thirtieth Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK): London. 7/1/04 - 7/3/04.
Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce. University Press of Florida. James Joyce Series. 2010.
“Teleology without a Telos?: Constitutive Absence in James Joyce’s Pilgrimage” in Displacing the Center: Pilgrimage in a Mobile World, Simon Coleman and John Eade (eds.), Mobilities Vol. 2, No. 3 (November 2007): 347-362.
“Conrad, Joyce, and the Development of Urban Psychological Cartographies.” Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad’s Ideology and Art. Wies?aw Krajka (ed.). Columbia University Press, 2005.
“Caribbean Hybridity and the Ironies of History: An Interview with Derek Walcott.” Yemassee Vol. XI, No. 1 (Fall 2003): 1-10.
The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award for 2007 (from the Joseph Conrad Society of America, awarded at the 2008 MLA Convention).
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “James Joyce’s Ulysses: Texts and Contexts,” Trinity College, Dublin, 6/25/07-8/4/07.
Asian Studies workshop, East-West Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Mellon Foundation grant), 6/20-7/1/2011.
The William Richey Teaching Fellowship, awarded to two outstanding teaching assistants each year (University of South Carolina, 2004)
The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Study (USC, April 2005)
The Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Ambassadorial Scholars (2002-2004)
MAJORS & MINORS
- ACCOUNTING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- ASIAN STUDIES (AOC)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE (MINOR ONLY)
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR ONLY)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- GENDER STUDIES (AOC)
- INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (AOC)
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (AOC)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE