Dr. Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova

Curriculum Vitae

Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas. She holds a PhD in Comparative Slavic Literature from Sofia University St. Kliment Ochridski in Bulgaria. She is a recipient of several national and international research awards: the Czech Academy of Sciences and Institute of Czech Literature Exceptional Grant for Foreign Bohemists, the Hall Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.

Forschungsprojekt am Kolleg

The research project examines a selection of post-1989 initiation novels written by young Polish writers in their 30s and 40s. What unites their works is the treatment of biological and social maturation in the late People's Republic of Poland from a dual vantage point: that of a young adult coping with the challenges of the political transition and of a child growing up in the last two decades of Communism. I argue that these novels represent a generation-defining project: by depicting the unique formative experiences of the last adolescents of the communist regime, the authors of the quasi-autobiographical narratives attempt (with different degrees of intentional explicitness) to assert their own generation's distinctiveness and secure its location in the historical process. The ever evolving genre of the Bildungsroman lends itself as a suitable platform for negotiating new identities - both personal and communal and for initiating alternative social arrangements.


  • 21st century Polish and Czech prose
  • Post-1989 Polish Bildungsroman
  • Communism and Post-Communism in Literature
  • Sociology of Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Generational Studies

Funktionen/ Mitgliedschaften

  • 2010 - present: Member of the Modern Language Association's Slavic Division Executive Committee
  • 2009 - present: Member of the Advisory Board of the Writers for Peace Foundation (Gdansk, Poland)