Kate Holland

Associate Professor, Russian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


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Kate Holland (PhD Yale University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She came to Toronto from Yale, where she was Assistant Professor from 2004-2009. Her book, The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and Genre in the 1870s was published in 2013 by Northwestern University Press and was nominated for the ASEEES Vucinich Prize and the AATSEEL Literary/Cultural Studies book prize. Her research interests are focused on the question of the relationship between Russian literary works of the second half of the nineteenth century and the complex historical epoch in which they were produced.  She is particularly interested in the literary production of the period following the so-called “Great Reforms” of the 1860s and in how discourses of modernity helped to shape and transform the Russian novel as a genre in this period. She has published articles and book chapters on Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Herzen and Saltykov-Shchedrin.


Nineteenth century Russian literature and its historical, cultural and institutional contexts
History and theory of the novel
Russian and other European literacy and critical interactions
Nineteenth and twentieth century Russian literary theory and criticism
Publication culture of the nineteenth century Russian periodicals
Historical Poetics as a discipline and corpus of works


Ph. D Yale University, (2004)

M. A Yale University, 2001)

B.A. University of Cambridge, (1998)


Dean’s Excellence Award, University of Toronto, 2013
Morse Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, Yale University, 2007-2008
Whitney Fellowship, Yale University, 2006-2007
Nina Berberova Prize, Yale University, 2002
Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2002-2003
Henry Fellowship to Yale, awarded by University of Cambridge, 1998-1999
Elected scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, 1998


“The Russian Rougon-Macquart: Degeneration and Biological Determinism in The Golovlyov Family,” in The Twilight of Realism: Russian Writers and the Fin-de-siècle, ed. Katherine Bowers and Ani Kokobobo (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre after the Great Reforms. 323 pp.  (Northwestern University Press, 2013).

“Genre and the Temptation of Narrative Desire in The Kreutzer Sonata.” Tolstoy Studies Journal XXV (2013): 1-14

“Literary Contexts of Triangular Desire: Natalie and Alexander Herzen as Readers of George Sand,” Russian Literature 61, Nos. 1-2 (January-February 2007): 175-205.

“Novelizing Religious Experience: The Generic Landscape of The Brothers Karamazov,” Slavic Review 66, No. 1 (Spring 2007): 63-81.


The Novel and the Family in the Nineteenth Century
The Criminal Mind
Elementary Russian
Dostoevsky in Theory and Criticism
The Golden Age of Russian Literature
Russian Short Fiction
Russian Literature and Criticism in the 1860’s

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