I joined King’s as a research fellow in August of 2013, following a visiting professorship at Hampshire College in the United States. I was educated in both Europe and the US. After completing my BA (2004) and MA (2006) in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Belgrade, I moved to Yale University, where I received an MA, an MPhil (both in 2010) and a PhD (2012) in Comparative Literature. While at Yale I also served as a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities.
I am a comparatist specializing mainly in the relationship between literary genres and intellectual and social history. Most of my research focuses on the nineteenth and early twentieth century European novel, although I also work on tragedy, the history of aesthetics and literary criticism, and occasionally on aspects of post-1945 literature.
I am currently completing a book manuscript on the history of the European Bildungsroman during the long nineteenth century in which I seek to thoroughly reassess the development of this vital genre of European modernity. Exploring how various developments in modern European history impacted the narrative logic of the Bildungsroman, my book offers new readings of the novels of Charles Dickens, Honoré de Balzac, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Samuel Butler, Henry James, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust.
My most recent completed work includes an essay on the Dickensian Bildungsroman in the 2014 edition of Dickens Studies Annual and one on nostalgia and Holocaust representation in Comparative Literature Studies. I also contributed a chapter to The Princeton History of Modern French Literature, edited by Christopher Prendergast (forthcoming) and I edited and translated a collection of essays titled The Politics of Tragedy [Politika tragedije] and focusing on the social and ideological contexts of Greek tragedy. This collection was recently published in Belgrade.
I have taught at the University of Belgrade (2004-2007) and Yale University (2009-2011), where I was a teaching fellow in English, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies. My most recent appointment prior to joining King’s was at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where I served as a visiting assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature. My teaching has covered most periods of European literary history from the Greeks to the late 20th century. I have offered courses on Homer’s epics, violence in the modern novel, realism, 19th and 20th century Bildungsroman, class and sexuality in post-war Britain, the history of tragedy, and a survey of European literary tradition from Antiquity to Classicism.
Translations and Academic Journalism
These days I write and publish scholarly work almost exclusively in English. However, I still regularly translate critical and theoretical texts into Serbian (B/C/S, Serbo-Croatian, Call it What You Will). Some of my translations are available here. I also occasionally write on the state of higher education in Serbia and, in particular, on issues of academic integrity. I usually publish on pescanik.net.
Dr Aleksandar Stevic, King’s College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST, United Kingdom * Email: email@example.com