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Barbara Bolibok


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(413) 545-5143

741 Herter Hall

Lecturer, PhD, Cornell University.

Barbara Bolibok has taught courses on Polish Film, Polish and Russian Writers, and Polish literature and language. Her educational background and research interests are interdisciplinary. She has formal training in literary studies, teaches film, and is a practicing psychoanalytic psychoterapist. In analyzing cinematic and literary texts, Ms. Bolibok draws on the language of psychoanalysis as a source of nuanced understanding of symbolic processes and metaphors. She is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how verbal and filmic art is used to symbolically work through cultural traumas. Her research interests include twentieth century women’s autobiography, Polish cinema, the work of Polish female directors, the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski, and psychoanalytic approaches to film interpretation. Her work in literary studies focuses on the poetics of female self-representation in the writings of twentieth century Polish and Russian autobiographers. 

After receiving her PhD in Russian literature from Cornell University, Ms. Bolibok studied clinical social work at Smith College School for Social Work where she earned a MSW in clinical social work. She has been a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Northampton, MA, since 1999. Her publications appeared in The Russian Review, Smith Studies in Social Work, and Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature.