Kostkowska, Justyna

Dr. Justyna Kostkowska is Associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. She teaches and publishes in Modern British literature and Twentieth Century women writers, especially Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, and Wislawa Szymborska. In cooperation with W.D. and Kathleen Snodgrass, she has published numerous translations of contemporary Polish poets, including Jan Twardowski, Leszek Szaruga, and Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska. Her translations of the poems of the Nobel Prize winning Polish poet, Wislawa Szymborska, have appeared in The New Yorker, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, and The American Poetry Review.

Virginia Woolf’s Experiment in Genre and Politics 1926-1931. Visioning and Versioning The Waves
2005 0-7734-6072-1
Justyna Kostkowska provides an in-depth study of the longest creative period in Virginia Woolf’s career, leading to the publication of The Waves. The study is a feminist consideration of the complex historical and personal factors, such as censorship and impersonality, that motivated Woolf’s experiment with genre and her portrayal of the feminine. Reading A Room of One’s Own, Orlando, the diary, essays, and letters of the period and the three holograph drafts of The Waves as a part of one creative process, Kostkowska traces Woolf’s method of subverting the patriarchal binaries of mind/body, nature/culture, and male/female through poetic metaphor.