Who are we?

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet

Agnieszka is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the English Department of the University of Lausanne. She holds PhDs from the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Geneva. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Agnieszka grew up in the US and has lived in Switzerland since 1994. She published a monograph in 2010, The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth Century American Literature (Ashgate), and has co-edited several books: Writing American Women (a SPELL volume co-edited with Thomas Austenfeld, 2008), The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (co-edited with Justin Edwards, 2012), War Gothic (co-edited with Steffen Hantke, Routledge 2016), Neoliberal Gothic (co-edited with Linnie Blake, Manchester UP 2017) and two special volumes of academic journals: Gothic Studies on “The Gothic in an Age of Terror(ism)” (with Marie Lienard-Yeterian) and “Gothic Matters: A History of Political Gothic Writing,” a special issue of Text Matters (2016). Topics of essays published in recent years include the representation of race and gender in texts and film, war literature, melodrama, the combat film, queer poetry, transnational literature, Batman, war and nationalism, Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Ambrose Bierce, Diane Arbus, Maxine Hong Kingston and Richard Matheson. She is currently finishing a book project on war literature and cinema, the re-enchantment of violence, and the rhetoric of self-sacrifice in relation to nationalism.

Boris Vejdovsky


Boris Vejdovsky teaches American Literature and Culture at the English Department of the University of Lausanne. He holds a PhD from the University of Lausanne and has published a monograph entitled Ideas of Order: Ethics and Topos in American Literature (2007). He has also published extensively on Ernest Hemingway, Henry James and the American West.