Michał Paweł Markowski

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


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

Area of Specialization

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

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: http://www.asymptotejournal.com/nonfiction/michal-pawel-markowski-day-on-earth/
  • 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.


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


Contact Information

Office: 1630 UH, MC 306
Phone: 312-996-4411
Fax: 312-413-1044
Email: markowsk@uic.edu