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Aleksandra Gruzinska

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Biography

Aleksandra Gruzinska is an Emeritus Professor in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in French from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a doctorate in French from Pennsylvania State University.

Gruzinska's research interests include 19th century French literature [poetry, novel, drama, and French women], Octave Mirbeau, E. M. Cioran, George Sand, Nobel Prize Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska and Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Her longtime interests include exploring the fate of Children of War, unaccompanied Polish children in their trajectory of exile, homelessness, repatriation or immigration, from Poland to the U.S. via Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain during WWII, from 1939 to 1951.

Education
  • Ph.D. in French from Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. French, State University of New York-Buffalo
  • B.A. French (Cum Laude) State University of New York-Buffalo
Research Interests

Research interests include 19th Century French Literature [poetry, novel, drama, and French women], Octave Mirbeau, E. M. Cioran, George Sand, Nobel Prize Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska and Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Longtime interests include exploring the fate of Children of War, unaccompanied Polish children in their trajectory of exile, homelessness, repatriation or immigration, from Poland to the USA, via Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain during WWII, from 1939 to 1951. PHI BETA KAPPA 1964; Fulbright 1968-69; Membership in scholarly societies: MLA, PHI BETA KAPPA, PIASA, RMMLA, WIF, Société Octave Mirbeau (Angers, France).

Publications
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. "Children Remember the War: Polish Children in Barcelona (1946-1956).". The Polish Review (2010).
  • . . Review of: One in a Hundred Thousand. Irena Grabska Horbaczewska. Her Life in a Soviet Labor Camp and during World War II (2010).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. "Préface" & "Preface". L’essayiste Roumain Émile Cioran a-t-il été un fasciste antisémite? Un effort pour le comprendre dans le contexte nationaliste (2010).
  • Howland, Pamela, Pianist Gruzinska, Aleksandra, coordinator. Chopin Extravaganza. "Remembering Frederic: A musical Conversation between George Sand and Frederic Chopin.". (2010).
  • . . Review of: Polonesos A Barcelona: Un Munt D'Històries L'acolliment de la ciutat als nens robats pels Nazis (1946-1956) (2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Fragments d'une amitie. Octave Mirbeau, Claude Monet and Theodoe Robinson. L'Europe en automobile. Octave Mirbeau. Ecrivain Voyageur (2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Fragments d'une amitie. Octave Mirbeau, Claude Monet and Theodore Robinson. L'Europe en automobile. Octave Mirbeau. Ecrivain Voyageur (2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Gombrowicz Emigrantów. Na podstawie ankiety Michala Chmielowica w londynskich Wiadomosciach. (2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Polonesos A Barcelona: Un Munt D'Històries L'acolliment de la ciutat als nens robats pels Nazis (1946-1956). (2009).
  • gruzinska, aleksandra. "An Introduction" [to Connections. Europe's Diversity]. Connections. European Studies Annual Review (2008).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. "Octave Mirbeau’s La 628-E8: A first Automobile Journey through Europe’s Diversity.". Connections. European Studies Annual Review 4 (2008).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska, Editor and contributor. New Interpretations in the History of French Literature. USA, UK and Canada: 2008 http://mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=7357&pc=9. (2008).
  • . . Review of: Anne E. Duggan. Salonnières, Furies, and Fairies: The Politics of Gender and Cultural Change in Absolutist France.” Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005. 289pp (2008).
  • . . Review of: Beaumarchais in Seville. An Intermezzo (2008).
  • . Europe's Diversity. (2008).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. The Cold War Years. An Epistolary Dialogue Between E.M. Cioran and Constantin Noica. Connections (2006).
  • . . Review of: A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes (2006).
  • . . Review of: De l'écriture mystique au féminin (2006).
  • . . Review of: Polish Memories (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Geneviève James, ed. De l'écriture mystique au féminin. (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Geneviève James, ed. De l'écriture mystique au féminin. (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Gombrowicz, Witold. A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes. (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Gombrowicz, Witold. A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes. (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Gombrowicz, Witold. Polish Memories. (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Gombrowicz, Witold. Polish Memories. (2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Mme de Maintennon. (2006).
  • . . Review of: Linda M. Lewis. Germaine de Stael, George Sand and the Victorian Woman Artist (2005).
  • . . Review of: Maintenon, Madame de. Dialogues and Addresses (2005).
  • . . Review of: The Mirror of Divinity. The World and Creation (2005).
  • . . Review of: The Mirror of Divinity. The World and Creation in J.K. Huysmans (2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Discourse on the Art Of Negotiation. (2004).
  • . . Review of: Germaine de Stael, George Sand and the Victorian Woman Artist. Columbia and London. University of Missouri Press, 2003. PP. I-XII, 278 (2004).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Cioran's Benjamin Fondane: A Literary Portrait. ARA Journal [American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences] (2003).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Szymborska and West: Two Critical Appraisals of Germaine de Stael. OREES (2003).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Victoria D. Schmidt. Triumph in Exile. The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature (2003).
  • . . Review of: Triumph in Exile (2003).
  • . . Review of: Triumph in Exile (2003).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. E.M. Cioran's Benjamin Fondane: A Literary Portrait. ARA Journal of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Science (2002).
  • . . Review of: Sanda Stolojan. Au Balcon de l'Exil Roumain à Paris. Avec Cioran, Eugène Ionesco, Mircea Eliade, Vintila Horia (2002).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Naturalism in France. Anthology: Naturalism: Its Impact on Science, Religion and Literature (2001).
  • . . Review of: [Anti]-Semitism 1890s/1990s: Octave Mirbeau and E.M. Cioran (2001).
  • . . Review of: [Anti]-Semitism 1890s/1990s: Octave Mirbeau and E.M. Cioran (2001).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra (Author) . Naturalism in France. Naturalism: Its Impact on Science, Religion and Literature (2001).
  • . . Review of: George Sand. A Woman's Life Writ Large (2000).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. E.M. Cioran as Portraitist. Scientific Editors Liliana Surugiu, Ion Paraschivoiu. Polytechnic International Press (2000).
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322French Literature
FRE 494Special Topics
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 499Individualized Instruction
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 322French Literature
FRE 453Theater of the 19th Century
FRE 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Octave Mirbeau’s La 628-E8 Octave Mirbeau’s La 628-E8 A First Automobile Journey through Europe’s Diversity. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (Oct 2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Children Remember the War: Polish Children in Barcelona 1946-1956. RMESC Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium (Oct 2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. 1946-1956: Polish Presence in Barcelona Revisited. 63rd Piasa Conference in New Jersey 2009 (Jul 2009).
  • Aleksandra Gruzinska. Thank you note to Barcelona. Homenaje a los ninos polacos (Dec 2008).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Octave Mirbeau's 'La 628-E8' as an Expression of Europe's Diversity. Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium (Oct 2007).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Octave Mirbeau critique d'art et ami de Claude Monet. Voyage a travers l'Europe: 'La 628-E8' d'Octave Mirbeau (Sep 2007).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. "Time and Imagination in Octave Mirbeau's 'Dans l'antichambre'. 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Apr 2007).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Flowers and Vegetable Gardens in Octave Mirbeau's Short Stories. [Le concombre fugitif et Explosif et baladeur]. 60th Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference (Oct 2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Flowers and Vegetable Gardens in Octave Mirbeau's Short Stories. [Le concombre fugitif et Explosif et baladeur]. 60th Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference (Oct 2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Polish Memories. The Poland of Witold Gombrowicz (1918/19-1939). Third Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium (Oct 2006).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Women Readers, Impressionist paintings, Impressionist Novels. 2005 PAMLA Conference (Nov 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Women Readers, Impressionist Paintings, Impressionist Novels. Pacific ancient & Modern Language Association [PAMLA] (Nov 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. E.M. Cioran and Constantin Noica: An Epistolary Dialogue between two Romanian Writers in the Cold War Years. The Changing Face of Europe, Second Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium (Oct 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Octave Mirbeau's 'Le Duel de Pescaire et de Cassaire'. 59th Annual Conference Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (Oct 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Offensives modes defensive Moves: Octave Mirbeau's 'Le duel de Pescaire et de Cassaire.'. RMMLA 59th Annual Convention in Coeur d'Alène (Oct 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. The Cold War Years. An Epistolary Dialogue Between E.M. Cioran and Constantin Noica. Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium. Second Annual Conference (Oct 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. The Cold War Years: An Eistolary Dialogue Between E.M. Cioran and Constantin Noica. Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium. Second Annual Conference (Oct 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. The Role of the on Site American Director at Laval University. 78th Annutal AATF Convention (Jul 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. A Literary Portrait: Samuel Beckett Seen by E.M. Cioran, Session on Francophonie. 78th Annutal AATF Convention (Jul 2005).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Looking at the Early Eighteenth Century through the Prism of Mémoires secrètes pour servir à l'histoire de Perse. Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (Nov 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Looking at the Early Eighteenth Century through the Prism of Mémoires secrètes pour servir à l'histoire de Perse. Session, French Literature and History. Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (Nov 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Sand and Flaubert: The Sunset of Her Life, Their Friendship, and the Franco-Prussian War. French Week at ASU (Nov 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Cioran and Noica: Friends despite the Iron Curtain. 55th Annual Convention of the RMMLA (Sep 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Cioran and Noica: Friends despite the Iron Curtain. Session, E.M. Cioran: Philosophy, Genre and Style. 55th Annual Convention of the RMMLA (Sep 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. The Sand/Flaubert letters: Their Friendship, The Sunset of Her Life and the Franco-Prussian War. Congrès Mondial des Professeurs de Francais. XI Congrès dela FIPF/77 Congrès de la AATF (Jul 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Sand and Flaubert: The Sunset of Her Life, Their Friendship, and the Franco-Prussian War. Commémoration de George Sand pour marquer le bicentenaire de sa naissance (Jul 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Forbidden Objects of desire. The Case of Octave Mirbeau's Sébastien Roch. 57th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Apr 2004).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. E.M. Cioran's Samuel Beckett: A Literary Portrait. 56th RMMLA annual Convention (Oct 2003).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. From Play, to Novel, to Film: Rediscovering the Discovery of Radium in Les Palmes de M. Schutz. PIASA [Polish Insitute of Arts and Sciences in America] (Jun 2003).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. The Discovery of Radium in Les Palmes de M. Schutz. Pacific Modern Language Conference (PAMLA) (Nov 2002).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Women's Voices in Wislawa Szymborska's poetry: 'Lot's Wife' and 'Coloratura'. The 66th Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Conference (Sep 2002).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Demain dès l'aube and Les Djinns as an Introduction to French Poetry. 25th Conference of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) (Jul 2002).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. The George Sand/Gustave Flaubert Frienship: Optimism/Pessimis in the 1870s. Pacific Modern Language Association (Nov 2001).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Balzac and His Admirers: Octave Mirbeau, Auguste Rodin and the Statue of Balzac. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (Oct 2001).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Rendez-vous parisiens avec E.M. Cioran. 26th ARA Congress (Jul 2001).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Probing the Masks: Nature and Upbringing in Antoine Pecquet's Diverse Thoughts on Man. Annual Convention of the RMMLA (Oct 2000).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. E.M. Cioran as portraitist: Benjamin Fondane. 25th ARA Congress (Jul 2000).
  • Gruzinska, Aleksandra. Women's Voices in Wislawa Szymborska's Poetry. 58th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences (PIASA) (Jun 2000).
Service
  • Faculty Affiliate (2006 - Present)
  • SILC/French Graduate Committee, Member (2009 - 2009)
  • RMMLA Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Conference Session Chair: French Literature since 1800 (2009 - 2009)
  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Conference Session chair: Octave Mirbeau. From Life to Fiction (2009 - 2009)
  • SILC/Summer Study Abroad, Director (2009 - 2009)
  • Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium 5th Annual Mutidisciplinary Conference UofA, member advisory board (2008 - 2008)
  • Faculty of French & Italian Letters & Cultures, French Graduate Committee Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Faculty of French & Italian Letters & Cultures, French Graduate Director: Spring - Fall 2007 (2006 - 2007)
  • ASU Summer Study in Quebec, Director (2006 - 2006)
  • Russian and East European Studies Consortium at ASU (REESC), Affiliate member (1985 - 2006)
  • Special session on Octave Mirbea: from Life to fiction, RMMLA Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • DLL, French Graduate Committee member (2005 - 2005)
  • DLL, Summer Study in Quebec City 2006 (2005 - 2005)
  • DLL, Participant and contributor (2005 - 2005)
  • Women & Gender Studies; REESC, Affiliate (2005 - 2005)
  • DLL, Guest Lecture Coordinator (2005 - 2005)
  • Special session on Octave Mirbeau: From Life to fiction, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association RMMLA, Chair (2005 - 2005)
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Lecturer (2005 - 2005)
  • Student Financial Services Advisory Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • PAMLA (Pacific Modern Language Association), Member (2001 - 2004)
  • Distance Learning, Distance: Learning: corrected lessons for FRE 101-102; 205; 321-322 (2004)
  • REESC, Affiliate Member (2004)
  • Women's Studies, Affiliate Member (2004)
  • Summmer Studies Abroad - at Laval, Director (2004 - 2004)
  • CLAS Academic Affairs and Grievance Committee, Member (2000 - 2003)
  • CLAS Student Affairs and Grievance Committee, Member (2003)
  • Foreign Language Fair. A DLL yearly event, Welcome/High school teachers- hospitality suite (2003)
  • REESC, Affiliate Faculty (2003)
  • Student Financial Services Advisory Commity, Member (2003)
  • Women's Studies, Affiate Faculty (2003)
  • Summer Session: Quebec Summer Study Abroad at Laval, Director (2003 - 2003)
  • AATF, American Association of Teachers of French, Member (2002 - 2002)
  • ASU Dept. of Languages and Literatures RMMLA Conference Planning Committee, Member (2000 - 2002)
  • Board (Delegate at Large), RMMLA, Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association, Member (2000 - 2002)
  • A.R.A. Newsletter. Vol. 1-13, American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Editor (2001 - 2001)
  • Selection Committee, Phi Beta Kappa, ASU, Member (1999 - 2000)
  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, (Present)
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