Giulia Dossi is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Studies. Her research focuses broadly on nineteenth-century Russian literature and affect theory. In her dissertation she examines the use of grotesque affectivity in the texts of early psychopathology and literary Realism in Russia from the 1840s to the 1880s. In particular, she explores how discordant, “grotesque” feelings in literature and psychiatry influence the way we talk about empathy, madness and the mind of the other. At Harvard, Giulia has served as a teaching fellow for Russian and Czech language courses as well as courses in Russian and comparative literature. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Russian from the University of Bologna and an M.A. in Slavic Studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Provisional Dissertation Title: "Unseemly Selves: Russian Realism and Early Psychiatry"