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Christian A. Johnson 220

Giulia Dossi received her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Harvard University in 2022. She holds a master’s degree in Slavic literatures (with a focus on Russian and Czech) from Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), and a bachelor’s degree in Russian, Spanish, and German from the University of Bologna (Italy).

Her research focuses broadly on nineteenth-century Russian literature, affect theory, and medical humanities. Her current book project, Unseemly Selves: Russian Realism and Early Psychiatry explores how interiority and irrationality were conceived in nineteenth-century Russia and how those ideas can inform how we think about empathy, mental illness, and the mind of the other.

Dossi looks forward to teaching Russian language courses, courses in Russian and other Eastern European literatures, and medicine and literature.

Recent Courses Taught

First Term Russian
Hard Feelings: Uncomfortable Conversations About Emotions in Eastern European Literature

Research Interests

Eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian literature; contemporary Russian culture; Russian language pedagogy, Realism, Affect Theory, Medical Humanities, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Grotesque, History of psychiatry, History of Medicine.

Select Publications

  • “Contagion and Disgust in Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Children” (forthcoming, Russian Literature)
  • “Sofia Ivanovna Karamazova, Shrieker” (forthcoming, Wiener Slawistischer Almanach)

Professional Affiliations

Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
Association for Women in Slavic Studies

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Educational Background

Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Humboldt University of Berlin
B.A., University of Bologna, Italy

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