Elena Fratto

Elena Fratto


Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies Role, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University


Elena Fratto holds an MA in History of Science (2013) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (2016) from Harvard University, in addition to a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures (2009) from the University of Milan. Her research and publications address the rhetorical, stylistic, and structural intersections of literature and science, with a specific focus on medicine, astronomy, and non-Euclidean geometries in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century. Fratto’s current research situates itself in the field of the environmental humanities and investigates the concept of “metabolism” as energy transformation in Russian literature and culture at the turn of the twentieth century.

Research Focus:

  • Intersection of Literature and Science
    • Medicine
    • Astronomy
    • Geometry
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Transformation

Motivation as a part of the network:

Publications linked to the network:

  • Medicine, Literature and the Arts in Russia. Edited by Elena Fratto and Alisa Lin. Special issue of SEEJ, forthcoming, Summer 2022
  • Medical Storyworlds: Health, Illness, and Bodies in Russian and European Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Edited by Elena Fratto. New York: Columbia University Press, 2021.
  • Russian Literature of the Anthropocene. Edited by Alec Brookes and Elena Fratto. Double special issue of Russian Literature. Volumes 114-115, June-July 2020.

One response to “Elena Fratto”

  1. […] culture and other areas and traced the ecological career of this multi-faceted concept. Elena Fratto continued the sectioned with a talk on metabolism, pointing towards similarities and differences in […]


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