I joined King’s College 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. I received my MA, MPhil (both in 2010), and PhD (2012) in Comparative Literature from Yale University, where I served as a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities. I also hold a BA (2004) and an MA (2006) from the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Belgrade.



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 two forthcoming journal essaysone on the role of nostalgia in Holocaust representation and one on Dickensas well as an edited collection on the social and ideological contexts of Greek tragedy which 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.

Dr Aleksandar Stevic, King’s College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST, United Kingdom * Email:


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