Loyola University Chicago

Polish Studies

John Merchant

Title: Lecturer

Specialty Area: Polish and Irish Literature; Polish American Literature

Office #:  CC 109

Phone #:  773-508-2991

E-mail:  jmerchant@luc.edu


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2006
  • M.A. University of Illinois-Chicago, 1997
  • M.A. The Ohio State University, 1994
  • B.A. University of Iowa, 1990

Research Interests

  • Polish and Irish Literature
  • Polish American Literature
  • Literary Translation from Polish

Courses Taught

LITR 200 - European Masterpieces (Variable topics)

  • Polish Identity in Literature, 1863-1945
  • Interwar Poland
  • Polish Literature of World War Two
  • Postwar Polish Literature
  • Polish Fantasy
  • Polish-Irish Literature

LITR 221 - Polish Authors (Variable topics)

  • Polish Literature from Medieval - 19th Century
  • Writing the Polish Voice

LITR 280 - World Masterpieces

  • Polish Short Stories
  • Polish American Literature

Loyola Service

  • Organized annual student reading of Dziady, by Adam Mickiewicz, end of October
  • Faculty reviewer and judge for the annual Undergraduate Student FORUM, a competition of papers on Central and Eastern Europe
  • Coordinated visit by International Writing Program (IWP) writers to upper-level MLL language classes, Fall 2016
  • Chair, Faculty Committee Assessment Review of LITR 200-level courses, Fall 2016
  • Chair, Faculty Committee Assessment Review of UCLR 100-level courses, Fall 2015
  • Organized and presented Polish and Mexican poetry reading, 2014

Service Outside Loyola

  • Book Review: Adam Mickiewicz's Forefather's Eve, Trans. Charles S. Kraszewski, Slavic Review (Pending)
  • Book Review: John Guzlowski's Echoes of Tattered Tongues, Polish American Studies Journal, Spring 2017
  • Ongoing multi-year translation project, The Polish Reception of Walt Whitman (Title pending), by Marta Skwara, 2016-
  • "Anthony Bukoski: An Outpost of Polishness," Polish American Historical Association Conference, Denver, CO, January 2017
  • "Teaching Polish Literature in Translation to Non-Polish and Polish Heritage University Students," Polish Teachers, Students, and Parents Conference, Chicago, IL, December 2016
  • Public lecture - "The Literature of the Polish American Experience," September 2013, Chopin Theatre.
  • Public lecture - "Polish American Poetry: Reading Between the Lines," April 2013, Crown Center.