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Modern Polish literature
Joseph Conrad - life and works
Witold Gombrowicz - life and works
Emigration, exile, travel writing
PhD, University of Toronto
MA, BA, McGill University
Awards and Honors
POL 115: Introduction to Polish Culture
POL 446: Problems in Polish Literature: The Long Polish 20th Century
SLAV 452: The Cinema of Poland
CWL 201: Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies (Modernism)
CWL 202: Literature and Ideas
CWL 395: Joseph Conrad and Global Consciousness
CWL 571: Radical Political Thought and Literature
Polish language at all levels
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Associate Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz. New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2011.
Gasyna, George Z. Ed. Joseph Conrad's Polish Soul: Realms of Memory and Self. (Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives Project; Vol. XXV). By G.W.S. Brodsky. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
"Tandeta (Trash): Bruno Schulz and the Micropolitics of Everyday Life." Slavic Review, vol. 74, no. 4, 2015, p. 760-784.
"Towards Heterotopia: The Case of Trans-Atlantyk." Slavic Review, vol. 68, no. 4, 2009, p. 898-923.
"The Poetics of the Borderlands: Ryszard Kapuściński’s Poland." Polish Review, vol. 53, no. 1, 2008, p. 53-72.
"Rituals at the Limits of Literature. A New Reading of Witold Gombrowicz's Cosmos." Sarmatian Review, vol. 27, no. 3, 2007, p. 1323-1332.
"Wyprawa na krańce literatury – nowe spojrzenie na Kosmos." Kwartalnik Literacki Kresy, 2006.
"A Mind Divided: Dual Exile of Czesław Miłosz." Russian, Croatian and Serbian, Czech and Slovak, Polish Literature (RCSCSPL), 2002.
"Life as Intertext: Distance, Deception and Intentionality in Marek Hłasko’s Killing the Second Dog." Canadian Slavonic Papers, 2002.
Gasyna, George. "A Kind of Testament: Reading Witold Gombrowicz as a Transnational Writer." The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Volume 5a, 1920 to Early Twenty-First Century, edited by Ken Seigneurie. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley 2020, p. 2765-2774.
Gasyna, George Z. "Iconoclasm and Nation-building (Witold Gombrowicz)." Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918. Ed Tamara Trojanowska, et al, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018, p. 356-362.
Gasyna, George. "Andrzej Stasiuk and the Myth of the Literary 'Gastarbajter'." Migration and Mobility in the Modern Age: Refugees, Travelers, and Traffickers in Europe and Eurasia, edited by Anika Walke, edited by Jan Musekamp. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Univ. Press, 2017, p. 276-300.
Gasyna, George. "Introduction: Conrad and Brodsky." Joseph Conrad's Polish Soul: Realms of Memory and Self. (Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives Project; Vol. XXV). By G.W.S. Brodsky, New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
"Between Exilic Self-Fashioning and Nostalgia of the Return: Some Thoughts on Conrad’s Polish Writings." From Szlachta Culture to the XXI Century, Between East and West: New Essays on Joseph Conrad’s Polishness, New York: Columbia University Press, 2013, p. 211-232.
"The Nation as Pathology: Representations of Community in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz." New Perspectives on Polish Culture: Private Encounters, Private Affairs, New York: Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America/PIASA Books, 2012.
"Narrative as Transgression in Witold Gombrowicz’s Kosmos and Michel Houellebecq’s The Elementary Particles." The Effect of Palimpsest, edited by Bozena Shallcross, edited by Ryszard Nycz. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2010.
"Sector's Suspicions." Alphabet City Vol. 10: The Suspect, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.
"Inscribing Otherness: Polish-American Writers After the Great Divide." Living in Translation: Polish Writers in America. Ed. Halina Stephan, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2003, p. 331-377.
"Marek Hlasko." The Literary Encyclopedia, London: 2018; https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13744
"Witold Gombrowicz: Trans-Atlantyk." The Literary Encyclopedia, London: 2020; https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=29111
Gasyna, George. Review of "Sailing towards Poland” with Joseph Conrad by Jean Szczypien. The Polish Review, vol. 64, no. 4, 2019, p. 91-96.
Gasyna, George. Review of Form and Instability. Eastern Europe, Literature, Postimperial Difference by Anita Starosta. Slavic Review, vol. 77, no. 4, 2018, p. 1080-1082.
Gasyna, George. Review of Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989 by Halina Filipowicz. Sarmatian Review, vol. 37, no. 1, 2017, p. 2064-2068.
"Marek Hłasko: Killing the Second Dog." Review of Killing the Second Dog, by Marek Hłasko Cosmopolitan Review, 2015.
Review of Narrating Post/Communism: Colonial Discourse and Europe’s Borderline Civilization. Slavic Review, 2011.
Review of Polish Literature from 1918 to 2000: An Anthology, by Michael J. Mikoś. The Polish Review, 2010.
Review of Czesław Miłosz et le vingtième siècle. Slavic Review, 2008.
Review of Polish Literature from 1864 to 1918: Realism and Young Poland. An Anthology. Sarmatian Review, 2008.
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. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt20060x8.15
Gasyna, G. Z. (2017). Introduction. In G. W. S. Brodsky (Ed.), Joseph Conrad’s Polish Soul: Realms of Memory and Self (pp. 1-11). (Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives ). Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press.
Brodsky, G. W. S., & Gasyna, G. Z. (Ed.) (2016). Joseph Conrad's Polish Soul: Realms of Memory and Self. (Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives Project; Vol. XXV). Columbia University Press.
Gasyna, G. Z. (2015). Tandeta (Trash): Bruno Schulz and the micropolitics of everyday life. Slavic Review, 74(4), 760-784. https://doi.org/10.5612/slavicreview.74.4.760
Gasyna, G. Z. (2014). Introduction. In All Backs Were Turned (pp. i-viii). New Vessel Press.