Elena Fratto

Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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231 East Pyne

Elena Fratto is the author of Medical Storyworlds: Health, Illness, and Bodies in Russian and European Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press, 2021) and co-editor of Russian Literature of the Anthropocene (special double issue of Russian Literature, June-July 2020). Her research and publications address the rhetorical, stylistic, and structural intersections of literature and science, with a specific focus on medicine, astronomy, and non-Euclidean geometries in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century. She has also published on Boris Eikhenbaum, on Formalist fiction and the visual arts, on post-Soviet Kitsch aesthetics, and on Russian literature and music. Fratto’s current book project, Metabolic Modernities, situates itself in the field of the environmental humanities and investigates the concept of “metabolism” as energy transformation in Russian literature and culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Fratto holds an MA in History of Science (2013) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (2016) from Harvard University, in addition to a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures (2009) from the University of Milan.