February 1 – December 31, 2021
Monthly premieres and video recordings will be available at:
Polish Cultural Institute New York YouTube
Encounters with Polish Literature is a new video series for anyone interested in literature and the culture of books and reading. Each month, host David A. Goldfarb will present a new topic in conversation with an expert on that author or book or movement in Polish literature. We’ll meet translators who will bring us into the delicate process of taking what may be a very personal and individual artistic expression in Polish and rendering it in a way that makes us feel as readers that we’ve made a human connection with the author. When we can, we will try to bring living authors to the show to discuss their own work. If you are a student thinking of taking a course in Polish literature or perhaps pursuing an advanced degree in the field, you’ll also be introduced to leading scholars in Polish Studies at universities in North America and all around the English-speaking world.
Bartek Remisko, Executive Producer
David A. Goldfarb, Producer and Host
Natalia Iyudin, Producer
Episode 1 – Being Poland
Premiere: February 1, 2021
Joanna Niżyńska (Indiana University) and Tamara Trojanowska (University of Toronto), co-editors with Przemysław Czapliński of Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918 (University of Toronto Press, 2018).
Episode 2 – Witkiewicz
Premiere: March 1, 2021
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz with Benjamin Paloff (University of Michigan)
Episode 3 – Gombrowicz
Premiere: April 1, 2021
Witold Gombrowicz with Bożena Shallcross (University of Chicago)
About the Host
David A. Goldfarb is an independent scholar of Polish literature and literary theory, a literary translator from Polish to English, and a liaison for Polish authors to US publishers. In 2018 he translated feature articles and interviews from Wysokie Obcasy—the weekly women’s supplement to Poland’s main independent daily paper Gazeta Wyborcza—for Newsmavens.com, a pan-European women’s news portal. From mid-2010 to the end of 2013, he was Curator of Literature and Humanities Programming at the Polish Cultural Institute New York, a diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Prior to that he served as Assistant Professor of Slavic Literatures and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University.
He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well as an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell University and Deep Springs College. He has published articles on Bruno Schulz, Zbigniew Herbert, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Mikhail Lermontov, and East European cinema in such journals as East European Politics and Societies, Indiana Slavic Studies, Philosophy and Literature, Prooftexts, The Polish Review, Slavic and East European Performance, and Jewish Quarterly, and he has published book chapters on Jozef Wittlin, Witold Gombrowicz, and Nikolai Gogol and Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He has written the introduction and notes for Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilych” and Other Stories and Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons for the Barnes and Noble Classics series, and for the Penguin Classics edition of the The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories by Bruno Schulz.
This project is part of 21-anniversary celebration of Polish Cultural Institute New York.