Dr. Edyta Frelik

Dr. Edyta Frelik



M.A. – 1995 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – “The Genre Revisited: Iris Murdoch’s and Muriel Spark’s Renditions of the Gothic”

Ph.D. – 2013 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – ““Painter’s Word: Thomas Hart Benton, Marsden Hartley, and Ad Reinhardt as Writers”


Major publications

“A Rebel Without a Pose: The Artist According to Thomas Hart Benton.” Conformity and Resistance in America. Eds. Jacek Gutorow and Tomasz Lebiecki, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, 284-293.

“Verbi-visual Contexts in 20th-century American Painting.” (Mis)reading America. American Dreams, Fictions and Illusions. Eds. Jerzy Durczak and Pawel Frelik, Krakow: Universitas, 2011, 418-428.

“‘Ideas freed from events which brought them into being’: Jasper Johns’s Use of History.” The American Uses of History. Essays on Public Memory. Eds. Tomasz Basiuk, Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska and Krystyna Mazur. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011, 31-40.

“Reading Ad Reinhardt,” Brooklyn Rail, special Ad Reinhardt centenary issue, December (2013)

“Ad Reinhardt: Painter-as-Writer,” American Art 3, Fall (2014), 104-125



American art, American artists’ writings, American film, American pop-culture, intertextual representations and iconography


Membership in scholarly societies

Polish Association for American Studies



2013 – winner of the International Essay Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum & Terra Foundation


E-mail: edyta.frelik@gmail.com