Jakub Kazecki

Jakub J. Kazecki

Associate Professor of German



Roger Williams Hall, Room 231

European Studies

Roger Williams Hall, Room 231



Pronouns: he/him/his

Jakub Kazecki joined the faculty in German & Russian Studies in 2012 after teaching German language, literature and film courses at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT and McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.

Jakub’s research interests include 20th-century German literature (especially literature about the First World War), images of German-Polish relationships in literature, film and visual arts, and laughter and comedy in different media. He is the author of Laughter in the Trenches: Humour and Front Experience in German First World War Narratives (2012) and the co-editor of the books Heroism and Gender in Film (2014, together with Karen A. Ritzenhoff) and Border Visions: Borderlands in Film and Literature (2013, together with Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Cynthia Miller).

Recent publications:

“‘Ich bin ein Betweener’: The Concept of the Existential Migrant in Steffen Möller’s Travel Narratives about Poland.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 61, no. 1 (January 2019): 81–98. https://doi.org/10.1080/00085006.2018.1557452.

“The Mimicry of The Lizard Man: Dariusz Muszer’s Narratives of Migration in the (Post-)Colonial Context.” In Postcolonial Slavic Literatures After Communism, edited by Klavdia Smola and Dirk Uffelmann, 433-451. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016.

“War Memoir as Entertainment: Walter Bloem’s Vormarsch (1916).” In Humor, Entertainment, and Popular Culture during World War I, edited by Clémentine Tholas-Disset and Karen A. Ritzenhoff. 91-105. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

“The Functions of Humor and Laughter in Narrating Trauma in German Literature of the First World War.” In The Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma, edited by Magda Stroinska, Vikki Cecchetto, and Kate Szymanski. 43-55. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, and New York: Peter Lang, 2014.