Having graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA Hons degree in English and Latin, Laura Beattie will soon complete a Master’s degree in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin where her research interests lie in the fields of Renaissance literature, particularly Shakespeare, classical mythology and its reception, Victorian literature and the American novel.
Justyna Dąbrowska is an MA student of English Philology at the University of Łódź. She completed her BA thesis entitled “‘Neither at things, nor at people should one look’: the Gaze Chain in Oscar Wilde’s Saloméat the Department of Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź, and earned a distinction for it. Her main academic interests include modern Irish drama (especially the work of Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats), contemporary Irish drama and the broadly defined concept of visuality. She is also interested in the portrayal of women in drama and in the Bible. She is the president of The Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society at the Department of Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź.
Katarzyna Lisowska is a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Polish Philology at the University of Wrocław. The subjects of her interest are Gender Studies, especially such currents as: Men’s Studies, Queer Theory, Gay and Lesbian Studies. In her doctoral thesis she is considering different kinds of metaphors in gender discourse. She published essays and reviews in e.g.: “Przegląd Humanistyczny,” “Zagadnienia Rodzajow Literackich,” and “Czas Kultury.” She was a participant of a number of conferences, e.g. International Interdisciplinary Conference „Kinds and Styles of Criticism,” „Pogranicza płci” (Katowice, 19.11.2012), VI Międzynarodowa Konferencja Doktorantów Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego (Szczecin, 25.10.2013), Interdyscyplinarna Konferencja Naukowa „Teksty kultury uczestnictwa” (Warszawa, 07.11.2013).
Aleksandra Mrówka is a doctoral candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, where she is a member of the Department of the 20th and 21st-Century British Literature and Culture in the Institute of English Philology. English medieval romance, with emphasis on the Celtic legend about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, belongs to the scope of her academic interests. Her PhD dissertation is a research on the female experience of magic and the supernatural in this fascinating literary genre.
Martyna Paśnik is a graduate of English Philology at the University of Łódź and a member of The Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society. As an active member of the Open Boat Students’ Society she is a cotranslator for the literary journal Dekadentzya. She is interested in British and American literature, mainly in children’s and young adult literature and the period of the 19th century, which is visible in both of her already written theses, her BA thesis, entitled “Human Gods and Their Imperfect Perfection: Dr House as a Descendant of Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin” and her MA thesis “The Secrets of Popularity and The Universal Appeal of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.” Currently, she is studying German Philology at the University of Łódź and writing her BA Thesis on the influence of age over language acquisition.
Magdalena Popłońska earned her bachelor’s degree in English Philology at the University of Łódź. Her thesis, entitled “From the Streets of London to the Great Detective – the Role of the City in the Sherlock Holmes Canon,” received a distinction. From the very beginning of her studies she has taken active part in the projects of The Geoffrey Chaucer Student Society. Her research interests include: the Sherlock Holmes Canon, history, society and cultural life of Victorian London, nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, classic literature adaptations, popular culture, media audiences and fandoms, digital culture, intertextuality, metafiction, meta analysis, as well as the theory of memory and perspective. She is currently working on her MA dissertation, which will revolve around the topics of memory and perspective in Michael Frayn’s drama, Copenhagen.
Magdalena Zegarlińska is a senior year graduate student at the University of Gdansk. She is an author of various articles devoted to film studies and British literature, and a member of research groups conducting research in the area of dreams, memory and imagination, and minorities. Her PhD dissertation is devoted to film studies and various manifestations of duality in David Lynch’s films as a source of Freudian “uncanny.” The title of her MA dissertation was: “A passage to Ridleyville: A comparative analysis of visual and auditory elements in “Alien,” “Blade Runner” “Legend,” “Black Rain,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down,” directed by Ridley Scott.” The subject of her BA research was congruent with the title of the article published in the present journal, i.e. “Intertextuality of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis.” Her personal interests include film studies, psychoanalysis, British Victorian literature, and British children’s literature.