Dr. Marta Werbanowska

Consultation hours: Fall 2022: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm and by appointment at marta.werbanowska@univie.ac.at. Hof 8.3, room 24A.

My research and teaching interests include African American and Caribbean literatures with a focus on poetry, poetics of social and environmental/climate justice, Environmental Humanities, and Black Studies. I am currently working on my first book project, tentatively titled Vital Necessity: Ecological Thinking in Contemporary Black Poetry.

As a scholar of African American literature and ecopoetics, I am guided by the intellectual principles of Black Studies and Environmental Humanities in my exploration of the intertwined ecological and humanitarian crises of today. More specifically, I am interested in how contemporary African American literature draws from Black diasporic traditions of ecological thinking to propose sustainable and socially just practices of daily life and political action in the twenty-first century. My approach to Black writing draws from African American and Caribbean literary histories, intellectual and folk traditions of the Black Atlantic, African cosmologies, as well as methodologies of ecocriticism and ecopoetics, critical posthumanism, and new materialism. While my background is primarily in literary studies, my research reflects the interdisciplinary commitments of Black Studies and Environmental Humanities.

Winter term 2022
124083 VK BEd 08a.3: VK Literature and Language Education - Race and Social Justice in African American Literature
127010 KO Critical Readings in Literature - From the Middle Passage to #BLM: African American Literatures of Liberation
Summer term 2022
123210 VO Literatures in English - Liberation in Literatures of the Black Atlantic
123421 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA American / North American Lit. Studies - African American Ecopoetics: Traditions and Futures
Winter term 2021
124642 VO BEd 04.2: Cultural Theories and Popular Culture - African American perspectives

Werbanowska, M. (2022). Eco-Justice as Womanist Practice in Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry. In L. Jefferson-James (Ed.), New Criticism and Pedagogical Directions for Contemporary Black Women Writers (pp. 251-278). Lexington Books.


Werbanowska, M. (Accepted/In press). The Middle Passage to the Anthropocene: Eco-Humanist Futures in Black Women’s Poetry. In The Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms Routledge.

Werbanowska, M., & Mąkowska, J. (2021). ‘Staggerlee rozmyśla’: czytanie poezji Baldwina w czasach ruchu Black Lives Matter. In A. Pochmara (Ed.), James Baldwin: Mistrzowie Literatury Amerykańskiej Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.

Werbanowska, M. (2019). Envoy to the World: Nomadic Cosmopolitanism in Yusef Komunyakaa’s The Emperor of Water Clocks. In E. Łuczak, A. Pochmara, & S. Dayal (Eds.), New Cosmopolitanisms, Race, and Ethnicity (pp. 59-75). De Gruyter.



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Marta Werbanowska

  • Department of English and American Studies
Postal address:
Austria

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include African American and Caribbean literatures with a focus on poetry, poetics of social and environmental/climate justice, Environmental Humanities, and Black Studies. I am currently working on my first book project, tentatively titled Vital Necessity: Ecological Thinking in Contemporary Black Poetry.

As a scholar of African American literature and ecopoetics, I am guided by the intellectual principles of Black Studies and Environmental Humanities in my exploration of the intertwined ecological and humanitarian crises of today. More specifically, I am interested in how contemporary African American literature draws from Black diasporic traditions of ecological thinking to propose sustainable and socially just practices of daily life and political action in the twenty-first century. My approach to Black writing draws from African American and Caribbean literary histories, intellectual and folk traditions of the Black Atlantic, African cosmologies, as well as methodologies of ecocriticism and ecopoetics, critical posthumanism, and new materialism. While my background is primarily in literary studies, my research reflects the interdisciplinary commitments of Black Studies and Environmental Humanities.

Qualifications

English, Ph.D., Howard University

Award Date: 12 Dec 2019

Employment

Department of English and American Studies

Universität Wien

Austria

4 Oct 2021 → present

Publications

Ecojustice Poetry in the BreakBeat Poets Anthologies

Werbanowska, M., 2 May 2022, In: Ecozon@. 13, 1, p. 89-105 17 p.

Eco-Justice as Womanist Practice in Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry

Werbanowska, M., 2022, New Criticism and Pedagogical Directions for Contemporary Black Women Writers. Jefferson-James, L. (ed.). Lexington Books, p. 251-278 28 p.

Protest, Affirmation, Continuity: African American Poetry in the Black Lives Matter Era

Werbanowska, M., 2022, (Submitted) In: CLA journal : Official quarterly publication of The College Language Association.

The Middle Passage to the Anthropocene: Eco-Humanist Futures in Black Women’s Poetry

Werbanowska, M., 2022, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms. Routledge

‘Staggerlee rozmyśla’: czytanie poezji Baldwina w czasach ruchu Black Lives Matter

Werbanowska, M. & Mąkowska, J., 2021, James Baldwin: Mistrzowie Literatury Amerykańskiej. Pochmara, A. (ed.). Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Envoy to the World: Nomadic Cosmopolitanism in Yusef Komunyakaa’s The Emperor of Water Clocks

Werbanowska, M., 2019, New Cosmopolitanisms, Race, and Ethnicity. Łuczak, E., Pochmara, A. & Dayal, S. (eds.). De Gruyter, p. 59-75 17 p.

"There Is Hope in Connecting": Black Ecotheology and the Poetry of Lucille Clifton

Werbanowska, M., 2019, In: Interdisciplinary studies in literature and environment : ISLE. 26, 1, p. 83-96 14 p.

The Coming, by Daniel Black

Werbanowska, M., 2016, CLA journal : Official quarterly publication of The College Language Association, p. 269-275 5 p.

Activities

Jimmy’s Blues: Political Experiment and Radical Humanism in Baldwin's Poetry

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2022

M. Nourbese Philip’s Zong! as Ecopoetic Ritual

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2021

Black Lives Matter: An Introduction for 2020/2021 Fulbright Grantees to the U.S.

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2020

Dwelling while Black: Ecological and Environmental Presence in Contemporary African American Poetry

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2019

Learning from the Black Atlantic: Why Study Black Diasporic Thought in the Anthropocene?

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2019

Prizes

ASLE Graduate Student Paper Award

Werbanowska, Marta (Recipient), 2017

Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Award

Werbanowska, Marta (Recipient), 2014

Jimmy’s Blues: Political Experiment and Radical Humanism in Baldwin's Poetry

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


M. Nourbese Philip’s Zong! as Ecopoetic Ritual

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Black Lives Matter: An Introduction for 2020/2021 Fulbright Grantees to the U.S.

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Dwelling while Black: Ecological and Environmental Presence in Contemporary African American Poetry

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Learning from the Black Atlantic: Why Study Black Diasporic Thought in the Anthropocene?

Marta Werbanowska (Speaker)

2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Department of English and American Studies

Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8 (Campus)
1090 Wien

T: +43-1-4277-42413

marta.werbanowska@univie.ac.at