Fiona Bell

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Research Interests:

19th-century Russian literature and drama; gender and sexuality studies; histories of racialization in the Russian empire; physical theater in pedagogy


M.A. in Russian, Middlebury Language Schools (2022)
MSt in Modern Languages, Oxford University (2019)
B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, certificates in Theater and Creative Writing, Princeton University (2018)
Conference Presentations:

“Racing towards Marriage: On Avdot’ia Panaeva’s Fiction(s) of Interracial Romance”, ASEEES, Philadelphia (2023)

“On Hope and Realism: Black Productions of Chekhov in the 1940s”, American Society for Theatre Research, Providence (2023)

“‘If the Nobility Hadn’t Mated with These Horses…’: The Russian Peasant Woman and Tolstoy’s Eugenicist Vision of Russian Nationality”, Tolstoy and Russian Imperialism Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia (2023)

“The Death of the Tragicomedy: On the Lysistrata Wars of the 1923/24 Theater Season”, ASEEES Virtual Convention (2022)

“Marx Brothers, Meet the Brothers Karamazov!: The Physical Comedy of Dostoevsky’s Protagonists”, Funny Dostoevsky conference, Dartmouth College (2021)

Fellowships and Awards:

Winner, North American Dostoevsky Society Graduate Essay Competition (2022)

ASEEES Internship Program Grant (2022)

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant (2020)

English Teaching Assistantship Award, Russian Federation (2019-20)

American Literary Translators Association Emerging Translator Mentorship Program (Mentor: Marian Schwartz) (2018-2019)

Translations from Russian and Other Writing:

The Talnikov Family by Avdotia Panaeva (Columbia University Press, forthcoming)

Stories of a Life by Nataliya Meshchaninova (Deep Vellum Press, 2022)

Caught Out: On Alexei Remizov’s Sisters of the Cross and The Little Devil and Other Stories, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Men Who Paint, Men Who Post: Visualizing Russian Masculinity”, NYU Jordan Center Blog

“Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata on Stage: Domestic Violence and the Economics of Pity”, NYU Jordan Center Blog

“Inside You in Your Absence” by Tatsiana Zamirovskaya, Institute of the Cosmos Cosmic Bulletin (2020)

“People and Other Beings” by Marianna Geide, Asymptote Journal, Summer issue (2020)

“The Diva Mode of Translation,” Asymptote Journal (2020)

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