Caroline Krzakowski


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Researcher Bio

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

Research and Teaching 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.


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, The Work of Diplomacy in British Fiction and Film 1935-1970, forthcoming with Northwestern University Press, 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.


The Work of Diplomacy in British Fiction and Film 1935-1970. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. Cultural Expressions of World War II and the Holocaust: Preludes, Responses, Memory. Forthcoming.

“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. Forthcoming.

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


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