Dr Kacper Nowacki

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Université de Perpignan Via Domitia
École doctorale Développement et dynamiques spatiales, transfrontalières et inter-culturelles
Docteur en littérature générale et comparée
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PhD in "Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones", I prepared my thesis in comparative literature "La dynamique de l'érotisme : étude comparative des romans La Marge d'André Pieyre de Mandiargues et La Pornographie de Witold Gombrowicz" at University of Bergamo, University of Perpignan and University of Entre Rios (Argentina). My doctoral research concerned André Pieyre de Mandiargues’s and Witold Gombrowicz’s writings and their adaptations in cinema and theatre, the history of eroticism, comparative literature and criticism. I hold a MA degree in Romance Studies (French/Spanish) from the University of Lodz (2010). I studied for a year 2007/2008 at the University Santiago de Compostela thanks to the Erasmus scholarship. I taught languages (French/Spanish/English) in the public school in Italy during the Comenius Assistantship in 2010/2011.



Polish (mother tongue), French, English, Spanish, Italian, basic knowledge of Yiddish and Portuguese
Teaching areas: 

Languages: French, Spanish, Polish (writing, reading, translation)

Literature: French, Spanish, Polish (XX century, especially avant-gard, surrealism, formalism, post 1945, Gombrowicz, Mandiargues),

Comparative literature (Casanova, Apter, Moretti, Damrosch, translation studies, world literature, literature and cinema, western vs. slavic traditions)

Theory of literature (narratology, intertextuality, cultural studies)

Gender studies, eroticism, history of sexuality

(Polish cinema),  http://cinemadesmarges.wordpress.com/

Research areas: 

- New Comparative literature (translation studies, world literature, French-Polish relation, Western-Slavic context, mediterranean theme)

-French literature (surrealism, nouveau roman, contemporary novel, short stories)

-Polish literature (formalism, post war literature, post 1989 literature, women writing)

-Eroticism (history of ideas, literary criticism, thematology)

-Cinema studies

-Manuscript editing (especially Witold Gombrowicz argentinian texts)




Dissertation title : Dynamics of eroticism : comparative study of two novels The Margin by André Pieyre de Mandiargues and Pornografia by Witold Gombrowicz


The research focuses on the comparative study of eroticism in two novels: The Margin by André Pieyre de Mandiargues and Pornografia by Witold Gombrowicz. Following the new comparative approach (Apter, Casanova, Moretti) from a cultural and literary perspective, the project explores the ways in which eroticism can be understood (or misunderstood) in the history of ideas, in literary criticism and finally in literary works. Starting from an epistemological inquiry, the contrasting literary histories of Poland and France and theoretical approaches developed by Bataille, Foucault, Barthes and Deleuze, the project shows the cultural differences in representing eroticism in literature. Furthermore it compares how Mandiargues and Gombrowicz defend the necessity and the danger of eroticism in literature through their critical writing. Finally, thanks to a deep textual analysis of the two novels, the study seeks to explain the dynamics of literary eroticism understood as a theme that is either descriptive or narrative. The two novels show how the erotic dream can be explored through narrative temporality or space and consequently lead to photographical or cinematographical interpretations. This research intends to highlight the role of these writers in the discussion of contemporary ars erotica in global literature and to encourage the study of eroticism in comparative literature.




-EDUinspiracje 2012 honorable mention for the teaching experience during the Comenius Assistantship 2010/2011.



-Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Fellowship 2011-2014

-Adam Mickiewicz Institute Scholarship "Polish culture around the world" for co-organizing the 1. International Congres about Witold Gombrowicz in Buenos Aires 2014.




"Plaisir à Mandiargues", Caen, France, May 2009

"Fantastic & Marvelous", University Zielona Gora, Poland, May, 2010

"La Rencontre", University Lille III, France, June, 2012

"7th Global Conference The Erotic", Mansfield College, Oxford, September, 2012

"Mandiargues poète", Caen, France, December, 2012

Table ronde doctorale Interzones “The subversion of the canonical and the sublime: Julius Caesar (1623) by William Shakespeare in the movie Caesar deve morire (Caesar Must Die) (2012) by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani”, Università di Bergamo, 6.11.2013

« Gombrowicz encuentra a Mastronardi », con Claudia Rosa, Mesa 5 « Gombrowicz y el choque con la cultura argentina », I Congreso Internacional Witold Gombrowicz, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 7-10 of August 2014, disponible en ligne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtEdYLYcadc minutes 20-38.

« Erotisme et décomposition, entre littérature et cinéma (La Marge, roman d'André Pieyre de Mandiargues; adaptation polonaise de Walerian Borowczyk) », dans le cadre du laboratoire VECT, 12 of March 2015, Université de Perpignan.



1. « The Potential of Art in the Cinema of Walerian Borowczyk » dans In the Mind of the Beholder : Conceptualisations of Eroticism, éd. Joseph Blessin et Sally Clark, Oxford, Interdisciplinary Press, juillet 2014, p. 197-216. ISBN 9781848882522
2. « Eroticism and Surrealism in the Cinema of Walerian Borowczyk” dans Rethinking the Erotic : Eroticism in Literature, Film, Art and Society, éd. Sara D’Arcy, Paulina Nalewajko, Katarzyna Popek-Bernat, Oxford, Interdisciplinary Press, décembre 2014, p. 53-62, ISBN 9781848883505
3. « La stratégie de la rencontre dans la prose d’André Pieyre de Mandiargues : Marbre ou Les Mystères d’Italie et Le Lis de Mer » dans La Rencontre, éd. Carine Capone, Juliette Lormier et Julie Zamorano, Roman 20-50 : Revue d’étude du roman du XXe siècle, collection « Actes », Lille, juin 2014, p. 73-86. ISBN : 9782908481778, ISSN : 02955024
4. « Kacper Nowacki » dans Rozwijanie kluczowej kompetencji : Umiejetnosc uczenia sie (Developing Key competency : Lifelong learning), Varsovie, Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji, octobre 2012, p. 20-21. ISBN 978-83-62634-73-6


Articles disponibles en ligne
5. « Relacja z I Kongresu Gombrowiczowskiego 2014 » (Le rapport du I congrès sur Witold Gombrowicz), Musée de Littérature, Varsovie, Pologne, http://muzeumliteratury.pl/relacja-z-i-kongresu-gombrowczowskiego-2014/, 26.08.2014
6. « El escritor twittero », Revista Ñ, Clarín, Buenos Aires, http://www.revistaenie.clarin.com/ideas/escritor-twittero_0_1081091898.html, 11.02.2014
7. « Konferencja w Buenos Aires », (Le colloque à Buenos Aires), Musée de Littérature, Varsovie, Pologne, http://muzeumliteratury.pl/konferencja-w-buenos-aires/. 01.01.2014
8. « El último secreto de Gombrowicz » en collaboration avec Néstor Tirri, Adn Cultura, La Nación, Buenos Aires, http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1610963-el-ultimo-secreto-de-gombrowiczun-manuscrito-que-debia-salvarse-de-las-llamas, 16.08.2013
9. « Historia de Witold Gombrowicz, por Adrián Blanco », Revista Casquivana, http://revistacasquivana.blogspot.it/2013/07/historia-de-witold-gombrowicz-por.html, 26.07.2013