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, Associate Professor, (Ph.D. University of Virginia, B.A. Yale). My work focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century British, Irish, and postcolonial literature, with particular interests in transnational modernism, decadence studies, postcolonial studies, poetry, and visual art. My recent book, Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry, was published by Harvard University Press and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book. Beginning at the End examines the reprisal of fin-de-siècle "decadence" in contemporary British, Irish, and postcolonial poetry and art. The book 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.

My current projects examine the intersection of fin-de-siècle decadence and religious fundamentalism in fiction by Hanif Kureishi and Michel Houellebecq; deindustralization in the poetry of Ted Hughes; and the relationship between poetry and the repatriation of art, artifacts, and archives.

PUBLICATIONS

CURRENT COURSES

ENG 4815: What is a Text?

LIT 5235: Modernism and Postcolonial Poetry

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Shortlisted for the 2018 Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book for Beginning at the End: Decadence, Modernism, and Postcolonial Poetry (Harvard UP, 2018)
  • 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
Publications By This Author
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