Associate Professor Rafał Borysławski

Assistant Professor

Department of British Culture and Literature

Supervisor of H/Story, a doctoral research group at IECL (

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

Room: 4.57

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Titles and Degrees

1996 - M.A. in English Philology (with honours) (M.A. thesis title: Violence in Anglo-Saxon Poetry. Anglo-Saxon Poetry of Violence).
2001 - Ph.D. degree in Literary Studies (Ph.D. thesis title: The Old English Riddles and the Riddle-like Aspects of Old English Poetry).

2014 - D. Litt. (monothematic cycles of articles: Reflections of Old English Existential Paradigms in the Gnomic Poetry of the Period and Medieval Marginalia: Transgression, Sexuality, Monstrosity).

Research Interests

Old English poetry and culture;

Riddle and metaphor theory, Old English and Anglo-Latin riddles;

Old English gnomic poetry;

Neoplatonic thought in early Middle Ages;

Middle English literature and culture;

French Arthurian circle in (Chrétien de Troyes); Marie de France;

Humour, the culture of laughter and the marginal world in the Middle Ages;

Medieval socio-history;

Medieval eroticism and sexuality;

Myth theory and cultural anthropology.

Courses Taught

English Literature (survey course) (lecture, Year 1)

Literary Module "Anglo-Saxon England(s) Past and Modern" (lecture+classes, Year 2)

M.A. Seminar (Year 5)

Specialization Seminar (Year 5)


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