Alyson Tapp, Ph.D. 2011


Dissertation: From the Elegy to the End of the Novel: Literary Experiences of Emotion (2011).

Alyson Tapp gained her undergraduate degree in Modern & Medieval Languages at Cambridge University (U.K.) and an M.A. at the University of Sheffield (U.K.).

After graduation with a Ph.D. in 2011, she taught for two years in the Russian Department at Reed College as Visiting Assistant Professor. She then became a University Lecturer in Russian Literature at Cambridge University.

Alyson Tapp specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian literature, with particular emphasis on the history and theory of the novel. Much of her research focused on narrative, emotion and the Russian novel. The literature and culture of the Soviet 1920s-30s also remain a long-standing teaching and research interest. She has a special interest in the prose works of literary scholars, and has written on the Russian Formalist Boris Eikhenbaum and translated literary essays by Lidiia Ginzburg. Other publications include “Reading and Riding St. Petersburg’s Trams” in Petersburg/Petersburg: Novel and City, 1900-1920 and “Moving Stories: Emotion and Narrative in Anna Karenina.” In conjunction with the former, at Berkeley Alyson Tapp participated in the digital mapping project, Mapping Petersburg at Berkeley (

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