Wojciech Owczarski


Full Professor of Polish literature
University of Gdańsk,


Wojciech Owczarski is a graduate of the University of Gdańsk (MA 1994, PhD 2001, Habilitation 2008). He is Full Professor since 2016. Since 1994 he has taught history of Polish literature and culture at this university, in the Department of Languages. His major research interests are the history of literature (19th and 20th century), cultural anthropology and theatre studies. The common denominator of his interests is the phenomenon of imagination, and the healing potential of phantasies. He studies dreams in literature, the arts, culture, and in social life. He is currently heading an international research project “The dreams of the former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoners”, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
He is Head of the Research Unit for Dream, Memory and Imagination Studies at the University of Gdańsk, a Member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, the European Association for Holocaust Studies, the Polish Society for the Study of European Romanticism, and the Polish Writers Association.

Contact details

Department of Polish Language and Literature
University of Gdańsk
Tel.: 48 603 22 11 36
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Publication on the dream and related topics


Memory: Forgetting and Creating. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press 2016 (ed. with Z. Ziemann / A. Chalupa).

Dreams, Phantasms and Memories. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, 2015 (ed. with Z. Ziemann).

Solidarity, Memory and Identity. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015 (ed. with. Maria Virginia Filomena Cremasco).

Sennik  polski. Literatura, wyobraźnia i pamięć (Polish dream-book: Literature, imagination and memory). Gdańsk: słowo/obraz terytoria 2014.

Miejsca wspólne, miejsca własne. O wyobraźni Leśmiana, Schulza i Kantora (Common places, places of one’s own. On the imagination of Bolesław Leśmian, Bruno Schulz and Tadeusz Kantor). Gdańsk: słowo/obraz terytoria 2006.

Mickiewicz. Sen i widzenie (Mickiewicz: dream and vision). Gdańsk: słowo/obraz terytoria 2000 (ed. with Zbigniew Majchrowski).


Articles and chapters in books

The ritual of dream interpretation in the Auschwitz concentration camp. In: Dreaming 27, 4 (2017). 

Therapeutic dreams in Auschwitz. In: Books Now! 6 (2016).

Teksty i sny (Texts and Dreams). In: Teksty Drugie 5 (2016).

Therapeutic effects of the dreams of nursing home residents in Poland. In: Dreaming 24, 4 (2014).

„But Who is That on the Other Side of You?” The Daimonic Sources of Consciousness in Literature and Dreams. In: Angela Voss / William Rowlandson: Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Inteligence. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013.

Schulz i sny (Schulz/ Forum) 1 (2012).

Meandry skamandryckich snów. In: Włodzimierz Appel: Meandry skamandrytów. Toruń: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika 2011 [de facto 2012].

Sen nocy listopadowej. In: Jarosław Ławski / Krzysztof Korotkich / Marcin Bajka (eds.): Noc. Symbol – temat – metafora. Białystok: Wydawnictwo Uniwersyteckie Trans Humana 2011.

Teatr snów w Teatrze Śmierci. In: Dialog 7/8 (2011).

Teatr esencji?. In: Dialog 4 (2010).

Sen i tożsamość. In: Bliza 1 (2010).

Sennik polski. In: Krzysztof Korotkich / Jarosław Ławski / Danuta Zawadzka (eds.): Światło w dolinie. Prace ofiarowane profesor Halinie Krukowskiej. Białystok: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku 2007.