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Krzysztof Ziarek

Dr. Krzysztof Ziarek

Professor, Chair
Office: 638 Clemens Hall
Office Hours:  By appointment
Phone: 645-0858

Professor Krzysztof Ziarek joined the faculty of Comparative Literature in spring 2004. Professor Ziarek did his doctoral studies in the University at Buffalo’s English Department.

Krzysztof Ziarek teaches 20th and 21st-century comparative literature, especially contemporary poetry and poetics, aesthetics, philosophy and literature, and literary theory. He is the author of Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness (SUNY Press), The Historicity of Experience: Modernity, the Avant-Garde, and the Event (Northwestern), The Force of Art (Stanford) and Language After Heidegger (Indiana).

Prof. Ziarek has also published numerous essays on Coolidge, Stein, Stevens, Howe, Myung Mi Kim, Miron Białoszewski, Heidegger, Benjamin, Irigaray, and Levinas, and co-edited two collection of essays, Future Crossings: Literature Between Philosophy and Cultural Studies (Northwestern) and Adorno and Heidegger: Philosophical Questions. He also published two volumes of poetry in Polish, Zaimejlowane z Polski and Sąd dostateczny. He has won NEH and ACLS fellowships. He was named as one of the 100 “most daring cross-disciplinary thinkers in the world” in a 2015 book “!00 Global Minds” (

Recently, he edited two special issues of Humanities (an online journal) devoted to “new encounters between literature and philosophy” ( and His current work focuses on questions of technology, power, and singularity, most notably in the work of Martin Heidegger.