Agata Handley (Dr) is Assistant Professor in the The Institute of English Studies of the University of Łódź. She works in the Department of Canadian, Intermedial and Postcolonial Studies. Her main areas of academic interest are the culture of the English North, and contemporary British and Canadian literature, recently with a special focus on intermedial issues. From 2009 she is a member of the Editorial Team of Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture. Her book Constructing Identity: Continuity, Otherness and Revolt in the Poetry of Tony Harrison was published in 2016 by Peter Lang Publishing. She has also written numerous articles and taken part in several projects concerned with different aspects of European culture. She teaches British Literature, British Culture and Academic Writing, and is interested in innovative teaching methodologies, among others project-based learning and the “Mantle of the Expert” teaching method, which utilises drama and theatre techniques in the learning/teaching process. Her current research concerns contemporary ekphrasis in anglophone literature and culture.
Wielka Wojna: W Rocznicę Wybuchu: Projekt Fundacji Współpracy Polsko Niemieckiej (The Great War: On the Anniversary of the Commencement of War: The Project of the Foundation for Polish-Austrian Cooperation) 00488/2014/TM. Role: wykonawca, 2014-16.
Heritage, Community Traditions, and Identity in Birmingham (Lost Communities History Project) Funded Birmingham’s by Heritage Lottery FundPartners: Newman University, George Dixon Academy, Calthorpe School, Al Hijrah School, Perry Beeches Academy II, Kingshurst Academy; Project Ref: YR-15-03890. Role: consultant, 2015-17.
Developing Innovative Teaching Strategies to Improve Entrepreneurial Skills and Enhance Performance of Disadvantaged Learners and Facilitate Integration in Schools (Mantle of the Expert Method Project), Project Number: 2016-1-UK01-KA201-024591. Role: project liaison and events organiser, 2016-18.
Developing Entrepreneurial Education: The “Commission” Model of Education. Lead Partner: MAT; Associate Partner: Department of Canadian, Intermedial and Postcolonial Studies; Project Nr: 209-1-UK01-KA201-062133. Role: project coordinator, 2019-21.
Visiting Scholar at Newman University, Birmingham, UK. September 2017 – June 2018.
Managing Editor, Text Matters: The Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture. (Member of the Editorial Team since 2009)
Selected Publications after 2016
- Constructing Identity: Continuity, Otherness and Revolt in the Poetry of Tony Harrison. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016.
Articles and book chapters
- “On (Not) Being Milton: Tony Harrison’s Liminal Voice.” Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 6 (2016): p. 276-90.
- “The Wasteland: An Analysis of the Poem’s Title.” Old Masters in New Interpretations: Readings in Literature and Visual Culture. Ed. Anna Kwiatkowska. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
- “Strange Meetings: The War Poetry of Tony Harrison and Wilfred Owen.” Beyond the Trenches: The Social and Cultural Impact of the Great War. Ed. Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska, Agata G. Handley and Piotr Zawilski. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2017, p. 75-89.
- (with David Allen). “Being Human: Edward Bond’s Theories of Drama.” Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 7 (2017): 307-29.
- “Conjuring Ghosts of the Past: Landscapes and Hauntings in Jane Urquhart’s The Stone Carvers.” London Journal of Canadian Studies2 (2018): p. 5-21.
- “Human Metronome: Nostalgia and Mourning in Tony Harrison’s Work.” Once Upon a Time: Nostalgic Narratives in Transition. Ed. Niklas Salmose and Eric Sandberg. Stockholm: Trolltrumma Academia, 2018, p. 41-54.
- (with David Allen). “The Most Photographed Barn in America: Simulacra of the Sublime in American Art and Photography.” Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (2018): p. 365-85.
- “‘But what a place / to put a piano’: Nostalgic Objects in Robert Minhinnick’s Diary of the Last Man.” Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 9 (2019): p. 331-44.
- “The Unflinching Gaze: The Representation of Suffering in Tony Harrison’s Film Poetry.” Transmediation: Communication Across Media Borders. Ed. Niklas Salmose and Lars Elleström. Routledge, 2019, p. 77-96.
- (with Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska and Piotr Zawilski). The Great War: Insights and Perspectives. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016.
- (with Elżbieta Katarzyna Dzikowska and Piotr Zawilski). Beyond the Trenches: The Social and Cultural Impact of the Great War. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2017.
- (with Ceri Morgan and Vanja Polic; guest editors). London Journal of Canadian Studies2 (2018).