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George Zbigniew Gasyna

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Contact Information

Foreign Languages Building
M/C 173
UIUC campus mail
Urbana, IL 61801

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Modern Polish literature
Joseph Conrad - life and works
Witold Gombrowicz - life and works
Critical theory
Emigration, exile, travel writing
Polish-Jewish relations


PhD, University of Toronto
MA, BA, McGill University

Awards and Honors

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Associate Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Associate Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Center for Global Studies
Associate Professor, European Union Center
Associate Professor, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Highlighted Publications

Gasyna, G. Z. (2011). Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz. Continuum.

Brodsky, G. W. S., & Gasyna, G. Z. (Ed.) (2016). Joseph Conrad's Polish Soul: Realms of Memory and Self. (Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives; Vol. 25). Columbia University Press.

Gasyna, G. (2017). Andrzej Stasiuk and the Myth of the Literary Gastarbajter. In A. Walke, J. Musekamp, & N. Svobodny (Eds.), Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age: Refugees, Travelers, and Traffickers in Europe and Eurasia (pp. 276-298). Indiana University Press.

Gasyna, G. (2015). Tandeta (Trash): Bruno Schulz and the micropolitics of everyday life. Slavic Review, 74(4), 760-784.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2013). Between Exilic Self-Fashioning and Nostalgia of the Return: Some Thoughts on Conrad’s Polish Writings. In Szlachta’ Culture to the XXI Century, Between East and West: New Essays on Joseph Conrad’s Polishness (pp. 211-232). Columbia University Press.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2008). The Poetics of the Borderlands: Ryszard Kapuściński’s Poland. Polish Review, 53(1), 53-72.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2007). Rituals at the Limits of Literature: A New Reading of Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos. Sarmatian Review, 27(3), 1323-1332.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2006). Wyprawa na krańce literatury: Nowe spojrzenie na Kosmos. Kresy: Kwartalnik Literacki, 3(67), 103-111.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2002). A mind divided: The dual exile of Czesław Miłosz. Russian Literature, 52(4), 355-377.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2002). Life as Intertext: Distance, Deception and Intentionality in Marek Hlasko's Killing the Second Dog. Canadian Slavonic Papers, 44(1-2), 19-37.

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Recent Publications

Gasyna, G. Z. (2023). The Dangerous Subject Is the Displaced Subject: Conrad’s Short Fictions. In B. Kavanagh, G. M. T. Branny, & A. Adamowicz-Pospiech (Eds.), Conrad Without Borders: Transcultural and Transtextual Perspectives (pp. 213-228). Bloomsbury Academic.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2020). A Kind of Testament: Reading Witold Gombrowicz as a Transnational Writer. In K. Seigneurie (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature,: Volume 5a, 1920 to Early Twenty-First Century (pp. 2765-2774). Wiley.

Gasyna, G. Z. (2019). “Sailing towards Poland” with Joseph Conrad. Polish Review, 64(4).

Gasyna, G. Z. (2018). Form and Instability. Eastern Europe, Literature, Postimperial Difference. Slavic Review, 77(4).

Gasyna, G. Z. (2018). Iconoclasm and Nation-building (Witold Gombrowicz). In T. Trojanowska, P. Czaplinski, & J. Nizynska (Eds.), Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918 (pp. 356-362). University of Toronto press.

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