Caroline Krzakowski

Associate Professor

Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada 
M.A, Queens University, Kingston, Canada
B.A., Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Caroline Z. Krzakowski’s research and teaching focus on 20th and 21st century British literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University, her M.A. from Queen’s University, and her B.A. from Concordia University. Before joining the faculty at Northern Michigan University, she was a Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University.

Her first book, Diplomacy in Mid-Century British Literature and Culture, examines representations of international relations in fiction and non-fiction by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and John le Carré, and in the films of Alfred Hitchcock that respond to the political instability of the post-war period. The project shows how matters of international relations—refugee crises, tribunals, espionage, and diplomatic practice—have influenced the thematic and formal concerns of twentieth-century cultural production. Grounded in research in the archives of the British Foreign Office and in authors’ archives, the project demonstrates how diplomatic papers and protocols offer a new way to trace the continuities between geopolitics and writers’ production.

Teaching Specialties & Research Interests:

Twentieth and twenty-first-century British Literature, especially Modernism, British literary responses to World War Two, literature and diplomacy, transnational literature, British literature of the postwar period, women’s writing.

Selected Publications:

“The Problem of Diplomacy in Lawrence Durrellʼs Mountolive.” Archives and Networks of Modernism. Eds. James Gifford, James M. Clawson, and Fiona Tomkinson. Spec. issue of The Global Review: A Biannual Special Topics Journal 1.1 (2013): 115-134.

“Eve Patten. Imperial Refugee: Olivia Manning’s Fictions of War”. Irish Historical Studies. 38: 152 (2013).

"The New Woman." In Stephen Ross, Gen. Ed. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. New York: Routledge, 2015. 

Contributor, British Fiction 1930-1945. Year’s Work in English Studies. Oxford Academic, 2017-2019.

Caroline Krzakowski