Ph.D., Columbia University, Department of French and Romance Languages and Literatures, 1982; undergraduate studies at the Facoltà di Lettere, Rome University, 1972, and Department of Romance Literatures, Warsaw University, 1964 -1968.
My main scholarly interests are modern European intellectual history and literature. My first book,The Scar of Revolution,dealt with the 19th century French authors Alexis de Tocqueville and Astolphe de Custine and, in the enlarged version, the Polish Romantic Adam Mickiewicz;the book was concerned with their visions of Russia and the United States. My second book was also comparative in nature as it analyzed the recent East European and American cultural history on the basis of friendship between Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky. In 2012, I collaborated with Jan T. Gross on Golden Harvest, the book about some aspects of post-Holocaust history in Poland. I also published in that year the collection of my essays “Honor, Horror, and the Classics.”
I am working on a book on the issues of war, violence, and nation-state ideologies in East-Central Europe of 20th century. The book will be based on literature, especially on the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz.
Polish Language 19th and 20th Century Polish Poetry and Prose Central-European Literature of 20th Century Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky: Poetry and History East European Literature and Politics Children and War History and Culture of Twentieth Century Eastern Europe Holocaust in Personal Testimonies Jewish Topics in East European Cinema