About

Brittany Roberts earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Riverside. Her work focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Russian and Anglophone literature and cinema, particularly speculative fiction and the environmental humanities. She is currently preparing her first book, which undertakes a comparative analysis of Russian and Anglophone horror literature and cinema focusing on depictions of humans, animals, the environment, and the ecological and metaphysical dynamics that link them. Brittany has published articles and chapters in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, The Spaces and Places of Horror, Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation, and the forthcoming collection Fear and Nature: Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene. She is especially interested in how horror and other speculative fiction genres disrupt the human-nonhuman binary and in how speculative fiction reconsiders, challenges, and reconceives of our relations with other species.

Education


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature – University of California, Riverside (2020)

  • M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures – University of Chicago (2013)

  • B.A., English / Russian Language and Culture – University of Florida (2011)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

2020

  • “Empty Landscapes, Broken Beasts: Human Exceptionalism and Animal Fury in Dmitri Svetozarov’s Dogs” (21st Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages [AATSEEL], San Diego, California, February 6-9)

  • “Between the Living and the Dead: Vegetal Afterlives in Evgenii Iufit and Vladimir Maslov’s Silver Heads” (21st Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages [AATSEEL], San Diego, California, February 6-9)


2019

  • Co-Discussant – Panel on “Dark Waters and Monstrous Illusions in Russian Literature and Culture” (51st Annual Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies [ASEEES], San Francisco, California, November 23-26)

  • “‘This Bid Made an Art of Being Vile’: Ontological Difference and Uncomfortable Intimacies in Stephen Gregory’s The Cormorant” (33rd Annual Conference of Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA], Irvine, California, November 7-10)

Memberships


  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

  • Modern Language Association

  • Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

  • Science Fiction Research Association

  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

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