• Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature


  • A.B., Brown University, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007


Stiliana Milkova is a scholar of Russian, Bulgarian, and Italian literatures. She teaches the introduction to Comparative Literature as well as courses on literature and the visual arts, on literature and architecture, and on contemporary Italian literature. In her courses Stiliana often uses the museum as a space for learning and integrates original art works into her teaching. In Spring 2012 she co-curated an exhibition at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Italy on Paper, and she is planning to co-curate another one on cartoonist R. Crumb's Bulgarian sketchbook report from the mid-1960s.

Stiliana's research interests include literature and the visual arts, literature and architecture, vision and visual culture, ekphrasis, travel writing, Italy and the Grand Tour, representations of disgust, and literary translation. She has published articles on Russian symbolist poetry, Soviet literature, the Bulgarian Grand Tour, on contemporary Italian women's writing, as well as on pedagogy and faculty development. She is currently translating two stories by Antonio Tabucchi from Italian into English and a novel by Elena Ferrante from Italian into Bulgarian. She is also working on a manuscript on vision and travel writing.


  • Stiliana Milkova Interviewed

    April 18, 2017

    Stiliana Milkova, assistant professor of comparative literature, was interviewed on "Fahrenheit," the leading program about culture and literature which is broadcast on Italian national radio. The interview covered the first international conference about the author Elena Ferrante which took place on April 7, 2017 in Naples, Italy. Professor Milkova was an invited participant at the conference.

    The podcast of the interview (in Italian) can be heard here.

  • Stiliana Milkova Organizes Seminars

    April 10, 2014

    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Stiliana Milkova organized two two-day seminars on "Frames in Literature and Across the Arts" at the convention of the American Comparative Literature Association at New York University, which ran from March 20 to 23. She also presented a paper on literary frames in Gogol, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky.