Miss Katarzyna Nowak

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Katarzyna Nowak is a University of London research student studying for a doctoral degree in English at Royal Holloway.

She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in November 2011, where she gained her MScR in English Literature.

In the academic year 2003/04, she combined studying for her Master’s degree in Russian Philology at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland (where she was writing up her Master’s thesis on Byron’s influence on Pushkin) with her first year of  undergraduate study in English Philology at the University of Gdansk, Poland. At the same time, she continued with her scholarship in Russian at the State Pushkin Institute of Russian Language in Moscow.

Altogether, since 1999 she has earned six degrees, including four Master’s. Since 2005, when she began writing her Bachelor’s dissertation at the University of Gdansk, Poland, she has been engaged in research on William Faulkner’s prose.

Thus, her PhD project, Faulkner's polyphonic narrative, builds on the knowledge and experience that she gained studying literature, philosophy, literary theory and literary criticism at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at several institutions of higher education in Poland, Russia, Scotland and England. Her PhD project indirectly builds on her previous longer papers devoted to Faulkner’s novels and short fiction, including an MScR (2011 from University of Edinburgh, Scotland) dissertation entitled: “Sex, racial issues, violence, death and the two Chinese-box portrayals of Faulkner’s main women-characters in Light in August (1932)”; an MA (2009 from University of Gdansk, Poland) with the thesis title: “Narrator and narration in Benjy’s Section of The Sound and the Fury (2009);” and a BA (2006 from University of Gdansk and University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Poland) with the thesis title: “Three types of narrator in William Faulkner’s: ‘A Rose for Emily,’ ‘Dry September,’ and ‘That Evening Sun.’”

Her PhD thesis constitutes a close narratological reading of Faulkner’s novels. However, her current research focus is of a much broader nature, addressing the various philosophical aspects involved in the complex narrative strategies in Faulkner’s narratives. In addition, her long-term research interests include: American Modernism; Russian Literature; Philosophy (especially, the philosophical texts of Jacques Derrida); and Psychoanalysis (particularly, the writings of Sigmund Freud).

She hopes to close her period of continuous academic work on William Faulkner with the simultaneous publication of six books on Faulkner’s long fiction. These future book publications in various fields of literary studies - with an emphasis on narrative, including six books on Faulkner’s texts and contexts - are still in progress and have been held back as they constitute a cycle with her PhD at its heart. Together with her two previous Master’s theses and the PhD paper, the material ready for publication consists of three critical books on selected novels Faulkner wrote during his major creative period: (1929) The Sound and the Fury (MA 2009), (1932) Light in August (MScR2011), and (1936) Absalom, Absalom! (PhD2016). These 19! - the lectures notes on Faulkner’s nineteen novels - will be useful for students seeking a critical introduction to Faulkner and to academics preparing for giving a paper either in the classroom environment or at conferences. A companion to Faulkner’s “great short stories” (a term introduced by H. Skei) and selected short stories is of a more creative nature and is evidence of her passion for Faulkner. Six book publications will examine almost the whole of Faulkner’s oeuvre.

She is willing to undertake interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary projects across the Humanities.

She is also very much interested in Second and Other Language Acquisition, and is planning to commence a doctoral study in this field in the near future.  

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