Katherine Bowers is an expert in Russian literature and culture. Her research interests include genre, narrative, and imagined geography. Her first monograph, Writing Fear: Russian Realism and the Gothic (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2022), examines the way Russian realist writers used narrative models from European gothic fiction in their work. Dr Bowers is the Vice-President of the North American Dostoevsky Society and serves as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Slavists.
At UBC Dr Bowers is the lead and founder of the Eurasia Research Cluster. She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for European Studies and the Science and Technology Studies Graduate Program and a faculty Member of the Green College Common Room. From 2015-17 she was a Green College Leading Scholar. In 2019-20 Dr Bowers was a Wall Scholar in residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2021-22 she is a Public Humanities Faculty Fellow in the Public Humanities Hub at UBC Vancouver.
Dr Bowers came to UBC from the University of Cambridge, where she was a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Slavonic Studies and a Research Fellow of Darwin College.
Dr Bowers’s monograph about the influence of gothic writing on Russian realism is in press. Her new book project is about science fiction, Arctic space, and alternative temporalities.
Dr Bowers is actively involved in Dostoevsky studies. She edits the blog of the North American Dostoevsky Society, The Bloggers Karamazov. In 2021 a new volume she co-edited with Kate Holland came out to mark Dostoevsky’s bicentenary: Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity. Additionally Drs Holland and Bowers have received a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-25) for Digital Dostoevsky, a digital humanities research project investigating Dostoevsky’s corpus.
Dr Bowers is a member of the The Data-Sitters Club, a feminist collective that is building a comprehensive, colloquial guide to digital humanities computational text analysis using the Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin. The project tied for 1st place for the 2019 DH Award for “Best Use of DH For Fun” and tied for 3rd place for the 2019 DH Award for “Best DH Blog.”
Dr Bowers’s work has been supported through funding for research, study, and collaboration from organizations and institutions including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada); the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canada); the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (UBC); the Public Humanities Hub (UBC); the University of Exeter; the University of Illinois Open Research Lab; Darwin College, Cambridge; the Centre for Eastern European Language-Based Area Studies (UK); the Fulbright-Hays and Title VI programs of the US Department of Education; the US Department of State’s Critical Languages initiative and Title VIII program; the American Council of Teachers of Russian; the American Councils of Learned Societies; and the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study.
This is a list of academic publications; a more complete list of work including digital media projects, blog posts, etc. is available on Dr. Bowers’s professional website.
Writing Fear: Russian Realism and the Gothic. Monograph (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2022).
Edited books and journal issues
A Dostoevskii Companion: Texts and Contexts. Volume edited with Connor Doak and Kate Holland (Academic Studies Press, 2018).
Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia, 1600-1850. Volume edited with Simon Franklin (Open Book Publishers, 2017). [Open Access]
Russian Writers and the Fin de Siècle: The Twilight of Realism. Volume edited with Ani Kokobobo (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
New UK Research in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature. Article cluster edited with Sarah J. Young, with introduction by Katherine Bowers. Modern Languages Open. 27 October 2014. [Open Access]
“Plotting the Ending: Generic Expectation and the Uncanny Epilogue of Crime and Punishment.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 62.2 (2020): 95-108. [CORE deposit]
“Haunted Ice, Fearful Sounds, and the Arctic Sublime: Exploring Nineteenth-Century Polar Gothic Space.” Gothic Studies 19.2 (2017): 71-84. [CORE deposit]
“Unpacking Viazemskii’s Khalat: The Technologies of Dilettantism in Early Nineteenth-Century Russian Literary Culture.” Slavic Review 74.3 (2015): 529-552. [CORE deposit]
“The City through a Glass, Darkly: Use of the Gothic in Early Russian Realism.” The Modern Language Review 108.4 (2013): 1237-1253. [CORE deposit]
“The Three-Dimensional Heroine: The Intertextual Relationship between Three Sisters and Hedda Gabler.” Studies in Slavic Cultures VII (2008): 9-27. [CORE deposit]
“Under the Floorboards, Over the Door: The Gothic Corpse and Writing Fear in The Idiot” in Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity, Bowers and Holland, eds. (University of Toronto Press, 2021), 137-159. [Open Access]
“The Gothic Novel Reader Comes to Russia” in Reading Russia, vol. 2: A History of Reading in Russia, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds. (Ledizioni, 2020), 377-408. [Open Access | CORE deposit]
“Experiencing Information: An Early Nineteenth-Century Stroll Along Nevskii Prospekt” in Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia, 1600-1850, Franklin and Bowers, eds. (Open Book Publishers, 2017), 369-407. [Open Access]
“Through the Opaque Veil: the Gothic and Death in Russian Realism” in The Gothic and Death, Carol Davison, ed. (Manchester University Press, 2017), 157-173. [CORE deposit]
“The Fall of the House: Gothic Narrative and the Decline of the Russian Family” in Russian Writers and the Fin de Siècle: The Twilight of Realism, Bowers and Kokobobo, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 145-161. [CORE deposit]
2019-20 – Wall Scholar Award, UBC
2012-15 – Research Fellowship, Darwin College, Cambridge
2011 – Irwin Weil Award for Excellence in Teaching, Northwestern University
2009-11 – Presidential Fellowship, Northwestern University
CENS 201 “European Magic Tales” (Contrasts and Conflicts: the Cultures of Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe)
CENS 202 “Science Fiction in Central and Eastern Europe” (Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe)
RUSS 306A “The 19th-Century Russian Novel” (Russian Literature in Translation)
RUSS 306B “20th- and 21st-Century Russian Literature” (Russian Literature in Translation)
RUSS 321A “Petersburg: Text and Cityscape” (Imagining Location in Russian Literature)
RUSS 321B “Imagining Siberia” (Imagining Location in Russian Literature)
RUSS 323A “Russian and Soviet Science Fiction” (Fantastic Worlds of Russian Fiction)
RUSS 412 “Dostoevsky”