Dr Joanna Pawlik – Biography

Research Interests and Activities

Lecturer in Art History
Post-war American art and visual culture; avant-gardism, dada and surrealism in particular; transnationalism; art and protest; little magazines; region and regionalism.

Joanna Pawlik completed her DPhil in American Studies at the University of Sussex in 2008. From 2008 to 2011 she taught in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester, collaborating with the AHRC Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies and contributing to its three-year project Surrealism and Queer Sexualities in particular. She received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in 2011 for the project Remade in America: Transnational Surrealism 1938-74.

She co-edits the online journal Papers of Surrealism and is co-director of the research caucus SAVAnT (School of American Visual Art and Text) that seeks to promote doctoral study on American visual material within CHASE and to foster dialogues between scholars working on American art in departments of Art History and American Studies.
The Doctoral School has a programme of events and training opportunities for students.

I am keen to supervise students working on postwar American art and visual culture; avant-gardism, dada and surrealism in particular; feminist and queer approaches to art history and visual culture; transnationalism; art and protest; little magazines; region and regionalism.


Pawlik, Joanna (2017) Re-membering surrealism in Charles Henri Ford’s Poem Posters (1964–5).
Art History. ISSN 0141-6790

Pawlik, Joanna (2013) Surrealism, Beat literature and the San Francisco Renaissance.
Literature Compass, 10 (2). pp. 97-110. ISSN 1741-4113

Pawlik, Joanna (2011) Ted Joans’ surrealist history lesson.
International Journal of Francophone Studies, 14 (1-2). pp. 221-239. ISSN 1368-2679

Pawlik, Joanna (2010) Artaud in performance: dissident surrealism and the postwar American avant-garde.
Papers of Surrealism (8). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1750-1954

Pawlik, Joanna (2006) ‘Various kinds of madness’: the French Nietzscheans inside America.
Atlantic Studies, 3 (2). pp. 225-244. ISSN 1478-8810

Pawlik, Joanna(2017) Locating transnationalism: circle magazine and California modernism in the 1940s.
In: Haynes, Douglas and Stubbs, Tara (eds.) Navigating the transnational in modern American literature and culture.
Routledge, London, UK; New York, US, pp. 162-184. ISBN 9781138903890

Pawlik, Joanna (2016) Cartooning the marvelous: word and image in Chicago surrealism.
In: Gander, Catherine and Garland, Sarah (eds.) Mixed messages: American correspondences in visual and verbal practices. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 67-84. ISBN 9781784991500

Pawlik, Joanna (2015) From snob to S.NOB: Edward James turns 50 in Mexico.
In: Edward James in Mexico. West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester.

Pawlik, Joanna (2015) ‘The comic book conditions of Chicago surrealism’.
In:Parkinson, Gavin (ed.) Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics.
Liverpool University Press, Liverpool. ISBN 9781781381434