Kasia Boddy

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Kasia Boddy
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh University of Cambridge
SubjectAmerican Literature

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Kasia Boddy is University Reader in American Literature at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Fitzwilliam College.[1] She was born in Aberdeen in 1966 and grew up in Glasgow, where she attended Hyndland Secondary School. She did an MA in English and Philosophy at Edinburgh and a PhD on American short fiction at Cambridge, and taught for many years at University College London.[2]


Boddy is the author of:

  • Blooming Flowers: A Seasonal History of Plants and People, Yale University Press, 2020[3]
  • Geranium. Reaktion Books, 2012.[4]
  • The American Short Story Since 1950, Edinburgh University Press, 2010[5]
  • Boxing: A Cultural History, Reaktion Books, 2008.[6]

Her edited volumes include:

  • The New Penguin Book of American Short Stories, from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis, Penguin, 2011
  • Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: Love Quarrels from Anton Chekhov to ZZ Packer, with Ali Smith and Sarah Wood, Penguin, 2009[7]
  • Brilliant Careers: The Virago Book of Twentieth-century Fiction, with Ali Smith and Sarah Wood, Virago Press, 2000[8]


  1. "Faculty of English". www.english.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  2. "Dr Kasia Boddy | Fitzwilliam College Cambridge". www.fitz.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  3. Reviews of Blooming Flowers: Richard Eyre, The Times, [1]; Peter Parker, The Spectator, [2]; Publishers Weekly, [3]
  4. Reviews of Geranium: Maggie Brady, Australian Garden History, JSTOR 24915707; Helen Brown, The Telegraph, [4]; Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe, [5]; William Hageman, Chicago Tribune, [6]; Publishers Weekly, [7]
  5. Reviews of The American Short Story since 1950: Jean-Yves Pellegrin, Journal of the Short Story in English, [8]; Chris Witter, Journal of American Studies, doi:10.1017/S0021875810002288
  6. Reviews of Boxing: John Dugdale, The Guardian, [9]; Michael Ezra, American Studies, JSTOR 41057172; Jonathan Rendall, New Statesman, [10]; Reg Gadney, Literary Review, [11]; Christopher Hirst, The Independent, [12]; Jeffrey Sammons, Cultural Sociology, doi:10.1177/1749975509344943; Matthew Taylor, The International Journal of the History of Sport, doi:10.1080/09523367.2012.673773; Peter Temple, Sydney Morning Herald, [13]
  7. Review of Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: Hephzibah Anderson, The Observer, [14]
  8. Review of Brilliant Careers: Brenda Maddox, The Guardian, [15]

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