George Z Gasyna PhD

 George Gasyna

Contact Information

3056
Foreign Languages Building
707 South Mathews Avenue
M/C 170
UIUC campus mail
Urbana, IL 61801
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor
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Research Interests

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

Education

  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, BA, McGill University

Selected Publications

Books

Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz New York & London Bloomsbury 2011.

Edited Books

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.

Journal Articles

Tandeta (Trash): Bruno Schulz and the Micropolitics of Everyday Life Slavic Review 74 4 2015, p. 760-784.
Towards Heterotopia: The Case of Trans-Atlantyk Slavic Review 68 4 2009, p. 898-923.
The Poetics of the Borderlands: Ryszard Kapuściński’s Poland Polish Review 53 1 2008, p. 53-72.
Rituals at the Limits of Literature. A New Reading of Witold Gombrowicz's Cosmos Sarmatian Review 27 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.

Book Contributions

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. A Kind of Testament: Reading Witold Gombrowicz as a Transnational Writer 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 Iconoclasm and Nation-building (Witold Gombrowicz) 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. Andrzej Stasiuk and the Myth of the Literary 'Gastarbajter' 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 Introduction: Conrad and 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 Between Exilic Self-Fashioning and Nostalgia of the Return: Some Thoughts on Conrad’s Polish Writings 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 The Nation as Pathology: Representations of Community in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz 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. Narrative as Transgression in Witold Gombrowicz’s Kosmos and Michel Houellebecq’s The Elementary Particles Edited by Bozena Shallcross, Edited by Ryszard Nycz, Frankfurt Peter Lang 2010.
Sector's Suspicions Alphabet City Vol. 10: The Suspect Sector's Suspicions Cambridge, MA MIT Press 2006.
Inscribing Otherness: Polish-American Writers After the Great Divide Living in Translation: Polish Writers in America. Ed. Halina Stephan Inscribing Otherness: Polish-American Writers After the Great Divide Amsterdam and New York Rodopi 2003, p. 331-377.

Encyclopedia Entries

Marek Hłasko The Literary Encyclopedia London 2018.

Reviews

Gasyna, George "Sailing towards Poland” with Joseph Conrad by Jean Szczypien. The Polish Review 64 4 Source Author Jean Szczypien, 2019, p. 91-96.
Gasyna, George Form and Instability. Eastern Europe, Literature, Postimperial Difference by Anita Starosta. Slavic Review 77 4 Source Author Anita Starosta, 2018, p. 1080-1082.
Gasyna, George Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989 by Halina Filipowicz. Sarmatian Review 37 1 Source Author Halina Filipowicz, 2017, p. 2064-2068.
Marek Hłasko: Killing the Second Dog Killing the Second Dog, by Marek Hłasko Cosmopolitan Review 2015.
Narrating Post/Communism: Colonial Discourse and Europe’s Borderline Civilization. Slavic Review 2011.
Polish Literature from 1918 to 2000: An Anthology, by Michael J. Mikoś. The Polish Review 2010.
Czesław Miłosz et le vingtième siècle. Slavic Review 2008.
Polish Literature from 1864 to 1918: Realism and Young Poland. An Anthology. Sarmatian Review 2008.

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