The Blue Hour Episode April 8, 2021

Katherine Bowers - On Dostoevsky

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Who was Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky? Why did he have such an important influence in world literature? How is his work still revered and interpreted today? Why is Russian literature of the 19th century still on many best-seller lists?

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), 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.

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 will be published: Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity. Additionally Drs Holland and Bowers have received a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-25) Digital Dostoevsky, a digital humanities research project investigating Dostoevsky’s corpus.


Audio Played:

“Crime and Punishment at 150? – interview with Katherine Bowers on University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts Spotlight page, 19 Oct 2016"
"Irvin Weil, a professor emeritus from the Department of Slavic Languages at Northwestern University"
"Anne Hruska, lecture at University of Berkeley"
"Reading from Crime and Punishment, by George Guidall, Audiobook Classics on Youtube"
"Joseph Frank, American literary scholar and leading expert on Dostoevsky from Stanford University archives"

Track Listing:

DDT · Yedinochestvo I
Lev Knipper · Polyushko-polye
Help I'm Alive
Metric · Fantasies