Isabel Lane

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Research Interests

Russian and American twentieth- and twenty-first-century prose; nuclear technologies (bomb, waste, energy, disaster) in fiction; environmental humanities; narrative theory.

Recent Publications

Journal articles

“Object-Oriented Time: Temporality of the Byproduct in Don DeLillo’s Underworld and Vladimir Sorokin’s Blue Lard” (in special issue on “Russian Literature of the Anthropocene,” under review with Russian Literature, planned publication 2018).


Guest Translation Editor, It’s No Good by Kirill Medvedev (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012).

Academic Honors

2017 – Selected for participation in Associates in Teaching Program for Ecology and Russian Culture course, Yale University

2017 – Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin

2016-17 – Robert E. Darling Fellowship Fund recipient, Yale University

2015 – Selected for participation in the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) Nuclear History Boot Camp

2015 – Dobro Slovo Slavic Honor Society

2014, 2015 – Lee McClung Scholarship Fund recipient, Yale University

2013 – Graduate study abroad at the Russian State University for the Humanities


Selected Conference Presentations

“Climate Change and the Russophone Novel,” Panel: Speculative Fiction in the Anthropocene: Ecological Ethics in Contemporary Russophone Literature and Cinema, ASEEES, November 9-12, 2017 (upcoming).

“‘Eliminate Her Own Map’: Nuclear Fallout, Setting and the Body in Russian and American Fiction,” ASLE Biennial Conference, Detroit, Michigan, June 20-24, 2017.

“Amatol, Vegetable, Mineral: Character and Environment after the Bomb in Gravity’s Rainbow and Generation «П»” International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, Kentucky, March 23-26, 2017.

“‘Radiation in my Garden’: Rhetoric and Nuclear Disaster in Russian and American Nonfiction,” From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond: New Approaches to Nuclear Culture, University of Montreal, March 10-11, 2017.

“Geologic Time, Radioactive Half-Life: Long Temporalities in Russian and American Nuclear

Fiction,” Panel Stream: Russian Literature of the Anthropocene, AATSEEL, February 2-5, 2017.

“Genre and the Missile Gap: Western Realisms and Soviet Science Fictions,” Cultures of Secrecy in Soviet Life, Zurich, Switzerland, January 2017.

“The Kys’ of Death: Mutation, Longevity and Ending after Chernobyl,” Panel: Ecology and Russian Culture IV: Nonhuman Environments, ASEEES, November 17-20, 2016.

“Representing the Arms Race: Time and By-product in the Russian-American 90s,” Don DeLillo: ‘Fiction Rescues History’, Paris, France, February 18-20, 2016.