Sara Jo Powell
Sara's current research focuses on Ukrainian and Russian literature, in particular the work of Nikolai Gogol and that of Taras Shevchenko. She is especially interested in the roles of women, stereotypes of femininity, and queering readings of 19thand 20th century texts. She is also interested in questions of genre and structure in literature, and how labeling genre and movement affects our reading of a text.
Sara received her A.B. in Russian from Bryn Mawr College in 2015. Her senior thesis looked primarily at the mythological structures established by Soviet socialist realist films and the broad ranging influence of Stalinist art. She also focused on Russian folklore, and the development of the bylina in written and oral forms. While at Bryn Mawr Sara received the Richmond Lattimore Prize for Poetic Translation for her translation of Dimitrii Kedrin's "Winter Station."