Assoc. Prof. Iva Polak


2017 Associate Professor, English Dept, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
2014-2015 6-month Endeavour Research Fellowship, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2011 Assistant Professor, English Dept, University of Zagreb
2008-2011 Assistant Lecturer, English Dept, University of Zagreb
2008 PhD (Magical Realism and the Contemporary Aboriginal Novel), University of Zagreb
2006-2007 one year doctoral research grant (Endeavour-Australia Europe Award) at the Australia Research Institute, University of Curtin, Perth, WA, Australia
2005 MA (Literature of Australian Aborigines: From Oral to Postcolonial Discourse), University of Zagreb
2002 5-month research grant at the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Bergen, Norway
2001 3-week course “Text and Context: Literature in 20th Century Britain”, Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, University of Edinburgh, UK
2000-2008 Assistant, English Dept, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
1998 BA in English and French language and literature, University of Zagreb
1994-2000 English and French translator/interpreter

Research interests
Postcolonial theory; theory of the fantastic; Australian literature and film; Indigenous writing (Australia and Canada); literary and cinematic fantasy; contemporary British fiction; humour studies; cli-fi

Undergraduate courses
Introduction in English Literature
The Trans/national in Contemporary Australian Literature and Film
Alternative Worlds in Contemporary British Fiction

Graduate courses
A Historical Survey of the Fantastic in British Literature
Narrative DissemiNation of the Land of Oz

Postgraduate courses
Marginal Cultures and Cultural Margins: Text and Image of Indigenous Australia and Canada

Guest lecturer
– April 2017, English Dept., University of Zadar, “Of Brothels and Colonies and  Dumb Deals : Australia’ s Migration Policy as a Precursor to Trump’ s Wall and Executive (Dis)Orders”
Oct 2014, University of Hiroshima, Japan, lecture title: “Australia’s Almost HIdden History: The Maralinga Nuclear Testing Program on the Homelands of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal People, and the Fallout”, with Dr. Christine Nicholls (Flinders University)
– April 2012, Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Osijek; lecture titles: “Of Fences and Fencing in Doris Pilkington’s Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence“ and „The Queen and the Pauper: Colonial History of Australia“

– Sept 2010, Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; course “Subversion from Down Under: Australian Literature and the Fantastic
– Feb 2009, Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo and the Department of English Language and Literature, University  Džemal Bijedić, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; lecture titles “Grave New World: The Early History of North America and Australia” with Prof. Mark Metzler Sawin (Eastern Mennonite University) and “Les Murray’s Poetic History of Australia”

Professional membership
European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA); International Australian Studies Association (InASA); Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHNS); Croatian-Canadian Academic Society (HKAD); Central European Association for Canadian Studies (CEASC); Croatian Association for American Studies (HUAmS)

Editor-in-chief of English issues of Umjetnost rijeci

Selected bibliography:
Futuristic Worlds in Australian Aboriginal Fiction, Oxford: Peter Lang, ISBN 978-1-78707-200-8, 2017, 271 pp.
Razvoj književne proze australskih Aboridžina: od nevidljive do postkolonijalne priče (Development of Australian Aboriginal Fiction. From an indivisible to a postcolonial yarn) Zagreb: Biblioteka književna smotra, ISBN 988-953-296-036-5, 2011, 396 pp.

Other Contact Zones, NT21C, Volume 7, Jason Ensor, Iva Polak and Peter Van Der Merwe (eds), Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Network Books, ISBN: 9781920845414, ISSN: 1834-0890, Perth, 2007, 269 pp.

Selected refereed articles published in English:
– “The Last Lemurian: A Late 19th-century Fairy Tale in the Australian Outback”, The Fantastic of the Fin de Siecle. Ur. Irena Grubica i Zdeněk Beran, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: New castle upon Tyne, 2016: 223-242.
A Most Peculiar Act by Marie Munkara“. Transnational Literature, Vol. 7, No. 2, May, 2015, ISSN 1836-4845.
“Indigenous Australian Image and Text: Mad Bastards ‘write life in every stroke'”. Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World. Ed. Ljubica Matek and Jasna Poljak Rehlicki, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Tyne, 2014: 30-48.
– “Indigenous Australian Texts in European English Departments: A fence, a bridge and a country as an answer to the debate over multiculturalism.” ELOPE. Vol. 10, Fall, 2013: 69-81.
– “Yulyurlu: Lorna Fencer Napurrurla: A Review.” Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (JEASA), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2013: 193-196.
The One about Coyote going West: mimesis and ethics in multicultural landscapes of Canada and Australia“, Brno Studies in English, Vol. 37, No. 1, ed. Jan Chovanec, Brno: Masaryk University Brno, 2011: 173-190.
– “Afterword“, Croatian Folktales, adapted and selected for this edition by Sanja Lovrenčić, Leykam International: Zagreb, 2011: 100-103.
–  “Development of Australian Aboriginal Drama. The journey towards kullark (home)”, Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia, Vol. LIV, 2009: 241-276.
–  “Australian Aboriginal Identity: Being and/or Becoming”, Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia, Vol. LIII, 2008: 153-169.
–  “Postcolonial Imagination and Postcolonial Theory: Indigenous Canadian and Australian Literature Fighting for (Postcolonial) Space”, Theory and Practice in English Studies 4 Proceedings from the 8th Conference of British, American and Canadian Studies, ed. Jan Chovanec, Brno: Masaryk University, 2005: 135-142.

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