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Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Primary office:
785-864-2351
Wescoe Hall
Room 2141
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Office Hours:

On research leave

Curriculum Vitae

Degree: Ph.D., Sofia University "Saint Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria

Position: Assistant Professor

Teaching interests: Polish and Czech language, Language teaching methodology, West Slavic Literature, Culture and Film.

Research interests: Communism in the 20th and 21st century West Slavic prose, post-1989 West Slavic Bildungsroman, memory studies, Slavic literary Baroque.

Selected recent publications

2011 article: "The Grandmother as Political Actor in post-1989 Polish Initiation Novels" Forum for Modern Language Studies 47.2 (2011): 182-196.

2011 book chapter: "Obraz Matki-Polki w polskiej powieści inicjacyjnej po 1989 roku" In Polonistyka bez granic. Materiały z IV Kongresu Polonistyki Zagranicznej, tom 1, Krakow: Universitas, 2011. [Polish Studies without Borders. Contributions to the 4th International Congress of Polonists. Vol. 1] Eds. Władysław Miodunka, Ryszard Nycz, and Tomasz Kunz, pp. 447-453.

2009 article: Voluntary Social Marginalization as a Surviving Strategy in Polish Post-Communist Accounts of Childhood. The Sarmatian Review 29.1: 1435—1444.

2008 article: Barokъt v literaturata na pravoslavnite slavjani. [The Baroque in the Literatures of the Orthodox Slavs], In Slavjanska filologija, t. 24, Dokladi i statii za 14 Mezhdunaroden kongres na slavistite [Slavic Philology, vol. 24, The Bulgarian Contributions to the 14th Congress of Slavists], Sofia: Academic Press "Professor Marin Drinov", 2008, pp. 137—145.

2007 book chapter: "Двете лица на Контрареформацията при славяните" [The Bright and Dark Sides of Counter-Reformation among Slavs], In В духа на европейските културни диалози. В памет на проф. Боян Ничев [In the Spirit of the European Cultural Dialogs. In Memoriam of Professor Boyan Nichev], Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2007, pp. 255-267.

Selected grants

External: Czech Academy of Sciences and Institute of Czech Literature, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena Research Fellowship

Internal: New Faculty General Research Fund Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Hall Center Research Fellowship


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad