Urszula Chowaniec: Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow Academy in Poland. She is also a researcher within international project at the University of Tampere, Finland: Body, Generation and Transformation: Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (www.womenswriting.fi, 2007-2010), as well as the editor of the online cultural journal Women’s Writing Online. She is an author of In Search of Woman: On the Early Novels of Irena Krzywicka (W poszukiwaniu kobiety. O wczesnych powieściach Ireny Krzywickiej, 2007), she has co-edited Masquerade and Femininity. Essays on Polish and Russian Women Writers (with Marja Rytkönen and Ursula Phillips, Cambridge Scholar Publishing 2008). Kirsi Kurkijärvi: M.A. Doctoral student at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her main research interests are the Second World War, women’s war writing, and gender and cultural studies. She is a joint editor of Women’s Writing Online’s first issue “Poland Under Feminist Eyes” (2009). Ursula Phillips: Ph.D. (Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2006). Since April 2007 Honorary Research Associate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She was a contributor to and joint editor with Knut Andreas Grimstad of Gender and Sexuality in Ethical Context: Ten Essays on Polish Prose (University of Bergen, 2005); and joint author with Grażyna Borkowska and Małgorzata Czermińska of Pisarki polskie od średniowiecza do współczesności (Gdańsk 2000). Marja Rytkönen: Docent, Ph.D. Senior lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Russian. Head of the project Polish and Russian Women’s Writing in Transformation: Generation, National Identity and the Body (PURU) based at the University of Tampere, Department of Russian Language and Culture. Her publications include About the Self and Time: On Autobiographical Texts by E. Gershtein, T. Petkevich, E. Bonner, M. Plisetskaja and M. Arbatova (Tampere 2004). She was a contributor to and joint editor with Markku Lehtiniemi and Simo Leisti of Real Stories, Imagined Realities: Fictionality and Non-fictionality in Literary Constructs and Historical Contexts (Tampere 2007).