dr Agnieszka Kotwasińska

email: a.kotwasinska@uw.edu.pl

profile: ORCID

Room 3.053


Agnieszka Kotwasińska holds M.A. degrees from the Institute of English Studies and American Studies Center, the University of Warsaw. In 2017 she received her doctoral degree in literary studies from the University of Warsaw. In her doctoral dissertation she analyzed transformations of American families and kinship structures in contemporary horror fiction by women. Since 2012 she has been working at American Studies Center, where she offers courses in American literature, genre literature, horror cinema, and new media. She specializes in Gothic and horror studies, gender studies and queer theory, and feminist new materialism(s). Her current research interests center on literary and film canon formation, embodiment in the so-called low genres, reproduction of death in horror narratives, weird fiction(s) and schizoanalysis.

Role at the ASC

Co-coordinator of the American Studies Colloquium Series (with Dr. Marta Usiekniewicz)

MA Practical English coordinator

Head of the Weird Fictions Research Group


Jury member of the Mary Kay Bray Award (Science Fiction Research Association) – 2018-2021

Monthly FemTeoria workshops coordinator – since 2017

PAAS Best American Studies Master’s Thesis winner – 2010


Dis/Possessing the Polish Past in Marcin Wrona’s Demon.Humanities 9/ 3 (2020): 59.

Beyond Death and Mourning in A Dark Song and We Are Still Here.” Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (Women, Gender and Research), Special Issue on Queer Death Studies: Coming to Terms with Death, Dying and Mourning Differently 28/3-4: 74-85.

“Slavic Cinema.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic, edited by Clive Bloom, 725-743. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

“W stronę kina doznań: Welp i schizoanaliza.” [Towards the Cinema of Sensation: Welp and Schizoanalysis] In Feministyczne nowe materializmy: usytuowane kartografie, edited by Olga Cielemęcka and Monika Rogowska-Stangret, 220-247. Lublin: e-naukowiec, 2018.

 “Un/re/production of Old Age in The Taking of Deborah Logan.” Somatechnics 8/2 (Sep 2018): 178-194. 

 “’We Won’t Eat You, Dear’: The Collision of Class, Scales, and Body Horror in The Lure.” Frames Cinema Journal 11 (May 2017). http://framescinemajournal.com/

Życie na przemiał w Hannibalu: Nekropolityczna produkcja męskości.” [Wasted Lives in Hannibal: Necropolitical Production of Masculinity] In Po humanizmie: Od technokracji do Animal Studies, edited by Zuzanna Ładyga and Justyna Włodarczyk, 109-137. Gdańsk, Poland: WN Katedra, 2016.

Courses (selected)

American Horror Cinema

Haunted Space in American Culture

Monsters and Machines: The Fantastic Body in American Popular Culture

Popular Genres in the US

Nostalgia in American Popular Culture

The New Indie Cinema

Beyond the House of Usher: American Gothic Today

Hobbies/non-academic interests

baking, tapestry weaving, micro-gardening