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Katherine New

Junior Research Fellow


I completed my DPhil on 19th and early 20th century Russian drama at New College, Oxford (funded by AHRC), as well as my BA in Classics and Russian (University College, Oxford), and MSt in Medieval and Modern Languages: Russian (University College, Oxford). Over the past years, I have held research and teaching positions at the University of Oxford (including a Stipendiary Lectureship at Oriel College, Non-stipendiary Lectureship at University College, Graduate Teaching Assistantship at New College, Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College and Research Assistantship at St Edmund Hall). My research is focused on 19th-21st century Russian literature, drama and theatre, and on gender studies. My publications include articles on Russian drama of the 19th-20th century (from Ostrovsky and Chekhov to Razumovskaya); Russian poetry (from Pushkin to Mayakovsky and Khodasevich); gender studies in modern Russian culture; the reception of ancient drama in Russian literature; narratological and intertextual studies. My current research is based on a broadly comparative study of 19th and 21st-century Russian women’s drama as a creative system, entering into a dialogical relationship with Classical and European literary traditions. I address theoretical and practical issues arising from literary translations of dramatic works. My research has an interdisciplinary perspective since it combines the study of drama as a literary genre and as performative art (including stagecraft, music and choreography), demonstrating that Russian drama brings about a powerful creative revolution and the renewal of aesthetic and cultural paradigms of European literature and theatre. In recent years I have worked on a narratological and intertextual project on Russian mythological plays of the 19th and 20th centuries, which I studied in the context of Slavic cultures, European thought and Classical literary and visual traditions. My other research interests include studies of social and ethnic Slavic cultures; mythology and folklore; philosophical and religious thought (I have written on Classical and modern European philosophy, giving special attention to the teachings of the pre-Socratics, Hylozoists and Panpsychists, as well as Nietzsche, Vyacheslav Ivanov and Vladimir Solovyov); translation studies, both theoretical and practical (I have published on the theory of diachronic, interlingual, transcultural translation); environmental humanities.