Robert Stilling

Associate Professor
WMS 309
Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century British literature and culture, global Anglophone literature, modernism, postcolonial studies, Fin-de-siècle literature, poetry and poetics, queer literature

ROBERT STILLING, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D. University of Virginia, B.A. Yale), specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century British, global Anglophone, and postcolonial literature and culture, with particular interests in transnational modernism, postcolonial studies, poetry, and visual art. His book, Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2018. This book examines the reprisal of fin-de-siècle "decadence" in contemporary British, Irish, and Postcolonial poetry and art. His research explores the reemergence of figures such as Oscar Wilde, J.-K. Huysmans, and Walter Pater in the work of contemporary poets and artists such as Derek Walcott, Derek Mahon, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Agha Shahid Ali, Bernardine Evaristo, and Yinka Shonibare.



Fall 2017
  • Postcolonial Form and Genre (LIT4233)
  • Sound and Color: Global Anglophone Poetry and the Visual Arts (LIT 5235)
Spring 2018
  • Contemporary Irish Poetry (LIT4184)
  • Modern British Novel (ENL4132)


  • Special Collections Research Fellowship, Burke Library, Hamilton College, 2015
  • Scholarship, 2013 Irish Seminar, University of Notre Dame, 2013
  • First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University, 2013
  • Bradley Fellow, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2011-12
  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Virginia, 2011
  • Thomas J. Griffis Prize for best essay by a graduate student, Department of English, University of Virginia, 2011
  • Society of Fellows, University of Virginia, 2006-2007 and 2008-2009
  • President's Fellow, University of Virginia, 2004-2009
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