University of Calgary

Stefania Forlini

  • Associate Professor

Professional Description

My primary area of research and teaching is late Victorian literature and culture, but my interest in science, thing theory, and techno-culture (the ways in which our use of new technologies transforms our world) often leads me to look for resonances in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century popular literature, especially gothic and science fiction. I am particularly interested in cultivating a cross-disciplinary and historically-comparative approach to fiction that engages with scientific and/or technological discourses as a means of interrogating shifting understandings of materiality and modes of being in the world. My current SSHRC-funded research project explores the emergence of science fiction in general interest nineteenth-century periodicals using Bob Gibson's illustrated anthologies of collected science fiction short stories (part of U of C's special collections). For more information about this project, see 


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  • 2013 - SSHRC Insight Development Grant - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • 2010 - SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship - SSHRC
  • 2003 - SSHRC Standard Doctoral Awards - SSHRC
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