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Dr Bill

Dr Stanley Bill

Fellow in Modern and Medieval Languages (Polish Studies)

Graduate Tutor

Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages and History and Modern Languages

College Room: B7

College Tel: +44 1223 3 38857


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Personal Biography

Stanley Bill is University Lecturer in Polish Studies in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. He works largely on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in religion, secularization theory and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural history. He has written on Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, postcolonial theory in the Polish context, as well as on religious problems in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Dr Bill worked at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow before coming to Cambridge. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University in the United States. He originally hails from Perth, Australia.

Selected Publications

"The Splintering of a Myth: Polish Romantic Ideology in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.” Forthcoming in A History of Polish Literature and Culture: New Perspectives on the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, eds. Przemysław Czapliński, Joanna Niżyńska, and Tamara Trojanowska (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018).

"Translator's Introduction: Science Fiction as Scripture." The Mountains of Parnassus by Czesław Miłosz (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

“Dualism, Dostoevsky and the Devil in History: Czesław Miłosz’s ‘Neo-Manichaean’ Theory of Russian Culture.” Slavonic and East European Review 93.3 (July 2015): 401-428.

“Melting in the Mirror: Woman, Body and Self in the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz.” Slavic and East European Journal 58.4 (Winter 2014): 645-662.

"Schulz i znikająca granica" ("Bruno Schulz and the Disappearing Border"). Schulz / Forum 4 (2014): 22-29.

“Father Zossima’s Body: Decay, Abjection and Resurrection in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov." Australian Slavonic and East European Studies 28.1-2 (2014): 1-32.

“Seeking the Authentic: Polish Culture and the Nature of Postcolonial Theory.” (Online Journal in the Humanities) #12 (August 2014).

“Miłosz patrzy na ciało, jakby w zwierciadle, niejasno” (“Miłosz Looks at the Body Through a Glass, Darkly”), in: Miłosz i Miłosz. Eds. Aleksander Fiut, Artur Grabowski and Łukasz Tischner. Kraków: Księgarnia Akademicka, 2014.

“Dorożka w lesie: Schulz i pisanie” (“The Carriage in the Forest: Bruno Schulz and Writing”). Schulz / Forum 2 (2013): 25-34.

“Miłosz w dialogu z literackim centrum świata” (“Miłosz in Dialogue with the Literary Center of the World”). Poznańskie Studia Polonistyczne: Seria Literacka (Poznań Polish Studies: Literary Series) 20.40 (2012): 137-150.

“Iambic,” “Eye Rhyme,” “Ring Composition” and “Fourteener” (co-author), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Selected Translations (from Polish):

The Mountains of Parnassus, by Czesław Miłosz (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

The Old Axolotl, by Jacek Dukaj. Digital book with illustrations by Marcin Panasiuk and Alex Jaeger (Warsaw: Allegro, 2015).

Miłosz and the Problem of Evil, by Łukasz Tischner. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015.

Totalitarian Speech, by Michał Głowiński. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishers, 2014.

“The Plunderer’s Daughter,” by Jacek Dukaj. Tarnów: 1000 Years of Modernity. Warsaw: 40000 Malarzy, 2011.

Responsibilities: Graduate Tutor