Member, Graduate Faculty
Ph.D. (1995), University of Delaware; MA (1986), Marie Curie-Sklodowska University; First
Year at MTSU: 1996
Office: PH 331; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2778
A native of Poland, Dr. Kostkowska teaches courses in 20th Century British literature
and women writers. Her areas of specialization include Virginia Woolf, British and
American female modernist writers, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century women writers,
Jeanette Winterson, Wislawa Szymborska. She is the author of Virginia Woolf's Experiment in Genre and Politics 1926-1931: Visioning and Versioning
The Waves (Mellen 2005), and working on a new book entitled Ecocriticism and Women Writers: Environmentalist Poetics of Virginia Woolf, Jeanette
Winterson, and Ali Smith, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
- "Cinematic Editing of Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway and Stephen Daldry's The Hours
as Reflective Ecosystems" at the Eighteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia
Woolf, University of Denver, Denver, CO, June 19-22, 2008.
- "Writing and Reading Gender Identity in Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body´
at the Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Conference, Middle Tennessee State University,
Murfreesboro, TN, February 22-24, 2007.
- "Erasing the Boundary: Virginia Woolf's Experiments in Portrait Making 1910-1922"
at the Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, University of
Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, June 22-25, 2006.
- "Kew Gardens"' Narrative Ecology: V. Woolf's Ecological Imagination and the Narrative
Discovery of Jacob's Room "at the Fifteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia
Woolf, Lewis and Clark College, OR, June 9-12, 2005.
- "Scissors and Silks," "Flowers and Trees," and "Geraniums Ruined by the War": Virginia
Woolf's Ecological Critique of Science in Mrs.Dalloway" at the 13 Annual Conference
on Virginia Woolf, Smith College, MA, June 5-8, 2003.
- "Across Generations: Adrienne Rich, Alice Walker, and Jeanette Winterson Think Through
Their Virginia Woolf" at the Twelfth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Sonoma State
University Rohnert Park, CA, June 6-9, 2002.
- "The Text, The Body, and the Journey of Self-Discovery, Virginia Woolf's Orlando and Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body at the Eleventh Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Bangor, Wales, June
- "Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson: Uniting the Modern with the Postmodern," at
the "Women and Power" conference, MTSU, Murfreesboro, March 8-10, 2001.
- "Percival as The Waves' Other Androgyne," at the Tenth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Maryland
Baltimore County, Baltimore, June 8-11, 2000.
- "Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body as a Palimpsest on V. Woolf's Orlando, Mrs. Dalloway, and The Waves, at the Ninth Annual V. Woolf Conference, University of Delaware, Newark, June 10-13, 1999.
- "Facets of the Image Flicker: the Letters of Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth and Vita
Sackville-West as Catalysts for the Poetic Language of The Waves" at the Eighth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, St. Louis University, St. Louis,
- "The Not-So-'Dumb' Letters: Language of Intimacy in the Letters of Vita Sackville-West
and Virginia Woolf," at the Seventh Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Plymouth State
College, Plymouth, New Hampshire, June 1997.
- "Vita and Virginia," at "Women and Power," Women's Studies Conference, Middle Tennessee
State University, Murfreesboro, TN, February 1997.