Александра Павловна Уракова

DSc in Philology,

Senior Researcher,

Department of European and American Literature of the Modern Time, IWL RAS


Graduated from the School of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University cum laude (2001)

PhD thesis:

Images and Metaphors of the Body in the Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe (2005)

DSc thesis: 

Representation of the Gift in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2020)

Research interests: nineteenth century American literature, Romanticism, sentimentalism, literary theory, anthropology, gift theory, modernity, gender studies.

Professional service

Editor of the journal Studia Litterarum

Member of the Editorial Board, Edgar Allan Poe Review

Member of the Editorial Board, Poe Studies (2011–2015)

External reviewer for IAS CEU fellowship evaluation, 2016 – present

Member of Poe Studies Association Awards Committee, 2013–2014

Awards and distinctions

IAS CEU Senior Core Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Central European University, Budapest (2016)

Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellow in North American Studies, British Library, London (2011)

John F. Kennedy Institute Fellow, Free University, Berlin (2010)

Fulbright Scholar, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA (2007–2008)


Academic publications — over 63 publications, including a monograph and 4 edited collections.

Selected publications


  • The Poetics of the Body in the Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2009. In Russ.

Edited Collections

  • Poe, Baudelaire, Dostoevsky: Splendors and Miseries of National Genius. Moscow, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie Publ., 2017. In Russ.
  • Childhood and Anglo-American Literary Sensibility of the Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2016. In Russ.
  • Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings. Bethlehem, Lehigh University Press, 2013. In English
  • Literary Cult as a Phenomenon of Contemporary Literary Process: Author, Text, Reader. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2011. In Russ.

Selected Essays

Scopus, Web of Science

  • “Exploring the Boundaries of Texts and Literary Cults.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 5, no. 4, 2020, pp. 66–87. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-4-66-87. In Russ.
  • “‛The Ghost-Book’ and the Gift Book: Editorial and Marketing Strategies in Eliza Leslie's The Gift.” American Periodicals, vol. 30, no. 1, 2020, pp. 43–59. In Russ.
  • “‛Tribulations of a Cheerful Giver’: Political Economy of William Dean Howells.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 4, no. 3, 2019, pp. 92–107. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-3-92-107. In Russ.
  •  “‛Literaturny byt’ of Russian Formalists and Nineteenth-Century American Gift Books: Cross-Cultural Research Perspective.” Vestnik slavyanskikh kul’tur, vol. 47, 2018, pp. 184–193. In Russ.
  • “Displaced Portrait and Imperfect Copy: Bronzino in The Wings of the Dove.Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, vol. 146, 2017, pp. 104–109. In Russ.
  • “Between Russia, US and Europe: Ivan Turgenev within the Receptive Aesthetics of Henry James.” Vestnik slavyanskikh kul’tur, vol. 43, 2017, pp. 152–160. In Russ.
  • “Hawthorne’s Gifts: Rereading ‛Alice Doane’s Appeal’ and ‛The Great Carbuncle’ in The Token.” New England Quarterly, vol. 88, no. 4. 2016, pp. 587–613. In English
  • “A New Genre of a Poe Collection: Between Encyclopedia and a Study. Review of Edgar Allan Poe in Context by Kevin J. Hayes.” Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, vol. 48, 2015, pp. 112–117. In English
  • “‛The Purloined Letter’ in the Gift-Book: Reading Poe in a Contemporary Context.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 64, no. 3, 2009, pp. 323–346. In English


Teaching experience

Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Lecture courses (joint): HSE — History of World Literature (History of the Novel), History of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century European and American literature. Supervision of term papers. IWL RAS — Current Trends in Literary Theory (for graduate students).

PhD supervision at IWL RAS.

Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Russian School of Anthropology (2008–2015). Invited lecturer at Grinnell College and Coe College (Iowa, United States), 2010.