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Dr Anna Kuchta

Dr Anna Kuchta


A graduate of comparative studies of civilisation. MA on the idea of emptiness in the works of Victor Pelevin defended with honors in 2013, PhD in science on culture and religion defended in 2019. She is interested in Far East (especially in Japan - language, literature, music, aesthetics) on the one hand and in the topics on the border of philosophy and literature, including the condition of the contemporary culture.

Academic interests

  • postmemory,
  • relations between literature and philosophy,
  • II World War and the Holocaust,
  • Japanese culture (especially Heian period and The Tale of Genji).

Selected publications

  • 2020, Towards Postmemory [Wobec postpamięci], Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków 2020.
  • 2016, In the clutches of (post)memory. A study of the relationship between mother and daughter in Bożena Keff’s “Utwór o Matce i Ojczyźnie” [“A Piece on Mother and Motherland”], "MASKA", no. 32, pp. 33–44.
  • 2015, Spirit possession and emotional suffering in "The Tale of Genji" and its selected adaptations. A study of love triangle between Prince Genji, Lady Aoi and Lady Rokujo, [in:] Istoty hybrydalne i zmieniające postać w kulturach europejskich i azjatyckich, pp. 177-198.
  • 2015, Stolen Narratives. The Images of Postmemory in the Collection "I Blame Auschwitz. Family Stories of Mikołaj Grynberg" [Zawłaszczone narracje. Obrazy postpamięci w zbiorze "Oskarżam Auschwitz. Opowieści rodzinne Mikołaja Grynberga"], "Konteksty Kultury", tom 12, no. 2, pp. 251–264.
  • 2013, "In Foreign Crowd, in Foreign Place" - the Jewish Cultural Identity in the Liminal Situation on the Selected Examples of Non-Fiction Literature [„W obcym tłumie, w obcym miejscu" – żydowska tożsamość kulturowa w sytuacji granicznej na wybranych przykładach literatury faktu], "MASKA",  no. 19, pp. 103–116.

Other achievements

  • recipient of Sixth Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilisation Fellowship (The Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London);
  • "Haiku" (2021) - lyrical translations of poems by four great masters of the Japanese haiku (with Beata Szymańska);
  • recipient of The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (2016) which resulted in research study at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan) in May 2017;
  • Secretary of the Board and member of "The Polish Journal of Aesthetics” Editorial Staff;
  • member of “The Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture. New Series” Editorial Staff;
  • Head of Comparative Studies of Civilizations “Students Scientific Club” (“Koło Naukowe Porównawczych Studiów Cywilizacji”) during academic year 2012/13.


  • literature,
  • popular culture,
  • comics,
  • terraristics.