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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Stanley Bill

University Senior Lecturer in Polish Studies
Slavonic Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Stanley Bill works largely on twentieth-century Polish literature and culture, with particular interests in the poetics of the body, religion and secularization, Polish-Ukrainian relations, and postcolonial interpretations of Polish cultural and political history. He has published widely on Czesław Miłosz, Bruno Schulz, postcolonial theory in the Polish context, legacies of Polish Romanticism, as well as on religious problems in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

He is also co-editor of the news and opinion website and social media hub, 'Notes from Poland'.

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.

Dr Bill welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests.

Published works: 

"The Splintering of a Myth: Polish Romantic Ideology in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.” Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918, eds. Przemysław Czapliński, Joanna Niżyńska, and Tamara Trojanowska (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018).

“Propaganda on the Margins: Bruno Schulz’s Soviet Illustrations, 1940-41.” Slavonic and East European Review 96.3 (July 2018): 432-468.

"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 novel 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).