Dr. Katherine Bowers
Katherine Bowers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Katherine Bowers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research focusses on Russophone literature and culture of the long nineteenth century with particular emphasis on genre and affect. Her first monograph, “Writing Fear: Russian Realism and the Gothic” (2022), studies the curious phenomenon of generic appropriation that contributed to the development of realism as a literary practice. She is co-PI on the digital humanities project “Digital Dostoevsky” (2019-present), hosted at the University of Toronto. While a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Katherine will be working on her new book project, which considers affect related to climate change in the context of nineteenth-century literature.
At Clare Hall, Katherine is accompanied by her partner, John Ayliff, a science fiction writer and game developer.
- Writing Fear: Russian Realism and the Gothic (University of Toronto Press, 2022)
- Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity, co-edited with Kate Holland (University of Toronto Press, 2022)
- “Ghost Writers: Radcliffiana and the Russian Gothic Wave,” Victorian Popular Fictions Journal 3, no. 2 (2021): 153-172.
- “Plotting the Ending: Generic Expectation and the Uncanny Epilogue of Crime and Punishment.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 62, no. 2 (2020): 95-108.
- A Dostoevskii Companion: Texts and Contexts, co-edited with Connor Doak and Kate Holland (Academic Studies Press, 2018)
- “Haunted Ice, Fearful Sounds, and the Arctic Sublime: Exploring Nineteenth-Century Polar Gothic Space.” Gothic Studies 19, no. 2 (2017): 71-84.
- Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia, 1600-1850, co-edited with Simon Franklin (Open Book Publishers, 2017)
- “Unpacking Viazemskii’s Khalat: The Technologies of Dilettantism in Early Nineteenth-Century Russian Literary Culture.” Slavic Review 74, no. 3 (2015): 529-552.
- British Academy Visiting Fellowship, 2023
- Killam Trusts Laureate, 2022
- Wall Scholar Award, UBC, 2019
- Research Fellowship, Darwin College, 2012-15
Dr. Bowers’s personal website: https://katherinebowers.hcommons.org/