Employment Franklin & Marshall College (2010-) Associate Professor of Russian and Russian Studies (2016- ) Assistant Professor of Russian and Russian Studies (2010-2016)
UC Berkeley, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures (2007-2010) Lecturer
Education University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. & M.A., Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Columbia College, Columbia University B.A.,Department of Slavic Languages: Russian Language and Literature
Research Interests Russian Symbolism and Decadence Modernist periodical studies Comparative theories of Decadence History and theory of the book Sociology of texts
Grants Mellon Foundation Modern Language Initiative (for The Institutions of Russian Modernism)
Publications Books Decadence and Modernism in European and Russian Literature and Culture: Aesthetics and Anxiety in the 1890s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) Reviewed in Новое литературное обозрение The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (Northwestern University Press, 2017) Reviewed in SEEJ, Slavic Review, Новое литературное обозрение, Russian Review, Russian Literature, The Times Literary Supplement
Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013) Reviewed in SEEJ
Translations The Symphonies by Andrey Bely (Columbia University Press, forthcoming in 2021).
“The Venetian Stanzas” by Joseph Brodsky (fine press edition designed, illustrated, and printed by Dmitrii Saenko). Nikodim Press: St. Petersburg, 2017.
Articles and Book Chapters “Aleksandr Blok as the Model Modernist” in Biography For The Masses, eds. Carol Ueland and Ludmilla Trigos (Lexington Books, forthcoming).
“O!?!?!: Reading and Readers in the Silver Age (1890s-1900s)” in Towards a History of Reading in Modern Russia Vol 2, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds., (Milan: Di/Segni, 2020).
“The Journal as Archive: Vesy and the Russian Reader’s Encounter With Decadence” Volupté 3.1 Summer 2020 (special issue on the Decadent Archive, edited by Kirsten MacLeod)
“Декадентская Метафизика: Зинаида Гиппиус, Брэм Стокер и тревожная эпоха Fin de siècle” in Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 1/2018.
“Еще раз о Фукс: Пародия и подражание в раннем творчестве В.Я. Брюсова” in Briusovskie chteniia 2013. (Yerevan/Moscow: IMLI RAN, 2014).
“Making the Symbolist Book/Fashioning the Symbolist Reader: The Case of Aleksandr Dobroliubov's Collected Verses” in Reading in Russia. Literary Communication and Practices of Reading, 1760-1930, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds. (Milan: Di/Segni, 2014).
“Decadent Style with a Symbolist Worldview: Andrei Bely, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Perils of Surfaces” Modernism/Modernity 21:1 ( January 2014): 269-282.
“Aleksandr Blok and the Rise of Biographical Symbolism” Slavic and East European Journal 54:4 (Winter 2010): 626-642.
“The Literal Symbolist: Solov’ev, Briusov, and the Reader of Early Russian Symbolism” The Russian Review 67:3 (July 2008): 373-386.
“Polyphony and the Atomic Age: Bakhtin’s Assimilation of an Einsteinian Universe” PMLA 123:2 (March 2008): 405-421.
“Палитра символистов и оттенки Белого: Эстетика цвета в ранней лирике Андрея Белого” in Andrei Belyi v izmeniaiushchemsia mire: k 125-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia. Moscow: Nauka, 2008: 508-514.
Reviews Review of Reframing Russian Modernism, Irina Sheveknko, ed. Slavic Review 79.4 (Winter 2021) Review of The Russian Graphosphere by Simon Franklin. Slavic and East European Journal 64.4 (Winter 2020) Review of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Maxim Osipov, translated by Boris Dralyuk, Alex Fleming, and Anne Marie Jackson. In Reading in Translation (posted December 16, 2019)
Review of The River of Time: Time-Space, History, and Language in Avant-Garde, Modernist, and Contemporary Russian and Anglo-American Poetry by Ian Probstein. Slavic Review (78:2, Summer 2019)
Review of Juan Filipe Herrera, Borderbus (Santa Cruz, CA: Moving Parts Press, 2019, designed and printed by Felicia Rice). Parenthesis 37.
Review of Relative Genitive: Poems with translations from Osip Mandelstam & Vladimir Mayakovsky by Val Vinokur. In Reading in Translation (posted December 24, 2018)
Review of Nancy Perloff. Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art. In Slavic and East European Journal (62.1)
Review of Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, edited by Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov. Slavic Review (76:1, Spring 2017)
Review of Red Star Tales, edited by Yvonne Howell. Slavic and East European Journal (60.3)
Review of A Gothic Soul by Jirí Karásek ze Lvovic, translated by Kirsten Lodge. Slavic and East European Journal (Summer 2016)
Review of Poetry and Psychiatry. Essays on Early Twentieth-Century Russian Symbolist Culture by Magnus Ljunggren. Slavonic (21.1)
Review of Red Spectres. Russian Gothic Tales from the Twentieth Century translated by Muireann Maguire. Slavic and East European Journal. (Summer 2014)
Review of Вокруг редакционного архива “Современных записок”, Париж, 1920-1940: сборник статей и материалов. Под ред. Олега Коростелева и Манфреда Шрубы. Russian Journal of Communication (Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2014).
Review of The Many Facets of Mikhail Kuzmin edited by Lada Panova and Sarah Pratt. The Russian Review (April 2012).
Review of Dramatised Narration: The Development of Joyce’s Narrative Technique from Stephen Hero to Ulysses by Kalina Filipova. The James Joyce Literary Supplement 22:2 (Fall 2008).
Review of The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and Its Legacy by Galina Rylkova. Slavic and East European Journal 52:4 (Winter 2008).
Review of Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses: Dynastic Cults in Medieval Central Europe by Gábor Klaniczay. Slavic and East European Journal 50:2 (Summer 2006), 379-380.
Courses Taught Franklin & Marshall College Assistant & Associate Professor of Russian and Russian Studies (2010-)
Russian Language, Literature, and Culture Elementary Russian language Intermediate Russian language Third-year Russian language Nabokov/Platonov: Revolution, Exile, and Artistic Genius in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Literature Monsters, Loose and Tight: Russia’s Great Books Business in Today’s Russia: Culture, Society & Capitalism (cross-listed with Business, Organizations, and Society Dept.) Russia’s Literary Titans: Major Works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky Intermediate Russian Language Maintenance through Readings in Russian Culture Nabokov/Platonov: Literature, Revolution, and Exile in20th-Century Russia Language and Culture of Contemporary Russian Business Readings in Russian Literature of the City Cold War Cultures (Cross listed with American Studies Dept.) From Tsars to Commissars: An Introduction to Russian Culture (summer travel course)
Comparative Literary Studies World Literatures: Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies Literary Degenerates: Decadence and Turn of the Century European Literature Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian and American Years
First-Year Seminars and Connections Good Books/Bad Deeds: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem in Russian Literature (a First-Year Seminar) Russian Realities and Realisms (a Connections 1 course) Banned Books and Jailed Writers (a Connections 2 course)
University of California, Berkeley Lecturer (2007-2010)
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature Summer Intensive Beginning Russian language Literary Degenerates: Decadence and the Turn of the Century Terrible Angels and Shabby Demons: Russian Literature of Good and Evil Monsters, Loose and Tight: Russia’s Great Books
University of California, Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor (2002-2007)
The Real, the More Real, and the Unreal: Russian Perspectives in a Twentieth-Century Worldview The Sheep and the Goats: Narratives of Sin and Salvation Intermediate Russian Elementary Russian
Professional Service Administrative Positions Held at F&M Chair, Dept. of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages (2019- ) Co-Director, Humanities Initiative (2018- ) Co-Chair, Language Studies Council (2018- ) Chair, Comparative Literary Studies Program (2016-17, 2018-19)
Committee Service at F&M Professional Standards (Promotion and Tenure) Committee (2020-23) Chair, Connections Program Committee (2018-19) Educational Policy Committee (2014-15; 2016-17) Connections Program Committee (2016-17) Committee on Student Conduct (2015-16) Board of Trustees Enrollment Committee (2015-16) Faculty Admissions Committee (2011-13) Committee on Sexual Misconduct (2012-13) Comparative Literary Studies Committee (2011- ) Health Professions Advisory and Review Committee (2012)
Other Service to F&M President, Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of PA (2016-21) Vice President President, Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of PA (2014-16) Humanities Initiative Member (2016-17) Co-Organized exhibition "Onward with the Revolution: Late Soviet-era Posters" at the Phillips Museum (Sept. 7-Dec. 8, 2017) Judge for Whitesell Prize for First-Year Seminar essays (2012)
Professional Activities PMLA Advisory Committee (2019-22) MLA Delegate Assembly (2019-21) AATSEEL Program Committee Chair (2014-19) Slavic Discussion Group, Executive Council, MLA (2012-16) Program Committee Division Chair (Russian Literature since 1950) AATSEEL (2010-14) Co-organizer (with Kirsten Lodge) of “A Leap from the Temple of Culture into the Abyss: Decadence in Central and Eastern Europe,” an academic conference which took place at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University on March 15-17, 2007.
Honors & Fellowships Phi Beta Kappa Society, Columbia College Section of New York Delta, 1999 Columbia College Dean’s List 1999 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies 2006-7 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award (UC Berkeley) Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (UC Berkeley) National Slavic Honor Society, Dobro Slovo
Non-Teaching Employment UC Berkeley, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures (2000-2007) Research Assistant UC Berkeley, Cal Performances (2004-2006) Russian interpreter UC Berkeley, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures (2003-2007) Slavic Department librarian American Councils on International Education, St. Petersburg, Russia (2001) ACTR St. Petersburg Summer Resident Director American Councils on International Education, Moscow, Russia (1999) ACTR Moscow Summer Resident Director The Estate of Joseph Brodsky (1999) Research Assistant to Mr. Brodsky’s Literary Executor Saratov State Medical University and The American Educational Center,Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia (1998) Intern Avery Fine Arts & Architecture Library, Columbia University (1998) General Assistant
Invited Talks Washington Area Print Studies and Culture Group (2021) “Making the Symbolist Book: The Institutions of Early Russian Modernism” Seventh Annual Workshop on Russian Modernism, University of Illinois, Chicago (2018) “Taming the Modernist Riot: Skorpion and the Fashioning of a Symbolist Reader” Columbia University Seminar on Slavic History and Culture (2018) “A Decadent Metaphysics: Fin-de-siècle Anxiety and the Cultural Contexts of Early Modernism” University of Cambridge (2017) “A Decadent Metaphysics: Fin-de-siècle Anxiety and the Cultural Contexts of Early Modernism” Conference Without A Hero (UC, Berkeley, 2017) “Fashioning a Like-Minded Reader: Russian Symbolists and the Imitative Imperative of Modernism” Decoding the Periodical: A Workshop in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Periodical Studies (Princeton University, 2015) “Between Little Magazine and Thick Journal: Approaches to Russian Modernist Periodicals” Reading in Russia: Places and Manners of Reading, 1760-1930 (Gargnano, Italy, 2013) “Making the Symbolist Book/Fashioning the Symbolist Reader” Valerii Bryusov and Sergey Prokofiev: A Mini-Conference on the Symbolist-Soviet Occult (Princeton University, 2013)“Floupette, Fuks, and the Fight for Demonstrable Decadence”
Conference Papers & Talks ASEEES 2020 "Laughably Modern" ASEEES 2019 (San Francisco) “A Decadent Metaphysics: Fin-de-siècle Anxiety and the Cultural Contexts of Early Modernism” Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives, Goldsmiths, University of London (2019) “The Journal as Archive: Vesy and the Russian Reader’s Encounter With Decadence” MLA 2019 (Chicago) “Imported Paper and 19th-Century Literature” Seventh Annual Workshop on Russian Modernism, University of Illinois, Chicago (2018) “Taming the Modernist Riot: Skorpion and the Fashioning of a Symbolist Reader” Columbia University Seminar on Slavic History and Culture (2018) “A Decadent Metaphysics: Fin-de-siècle Anxiety and the Cultural Contexts of Early Modernism” ASEEES 2017 (Chicago) “The Submerged Continent”: Andrey Bely’s Theory of Symbolism (Roundtable) Tolstoy’s Silver Age II (Roundtable) Поэзия предсимволизма (ИМЛИ/МГУ Moscow) Модернистская метафизика: З. Гиппиус и тревожность конца века ACLA 2017 (Utrecht University) “Fashioning a Like-Minded Reader: Russian Symbolists and the Imitative Imperative of Modernism” on the “International Symbolisms” panel stream University of Cambridge (Invited talk, Jan. 2017) “A Decadent Metaphysics: Fin-de-siècle Anxiety and the Cultural Contexts of Early Modernism” ASEEES 2016 (Washington, DC) “The 20th-Century Russian Reader and Spectator” Roundtable ASEEES 2015 (Philadelphia, PA) “Museum as Classroom” Roundtable Decoding the Periodical: A Workshop in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Periodical Studies (Princeton, 2015) “Between Little Magazine and Thick Journal: Approaches to Russian Modernist Periodicals” AATSEEL 2015 (Vancouver, BC) “The Modernist Book and the Crisis of Symbolism” ASEEES 2014 (San Antonio, TX) Aesthetic Value and the Institutions of Russian Modernism Writing and Reading Russian Biography in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Oxford, 2014) “Symbolist Works and Symbolist Lives: Ellis and the Return of Russkie simvolisty” AATSEEL 2014 (Chicago, IL) “Literary Institutions and the People Who Built Them” Briusovskie chteniia (Moscow, 2013) “Еще раз о Фукс: Пародия и подражание в раннем творчестве В.Я. Брюсова” Reading in Russia: Places and Manners of Reading, 1760-1930 (Gargnano, Italy, 2013) “Making the Symbolist Book/Fashioning the Symbolist Reader” Valerii Bryusov and Sergey Prokofiev: A Mini-Conference on the Symbolist-Soviet Occult (Princeton University, 2013) “Floupette, Fuks, and the Fight for Demonstrable Decadence” AATSEEL 2013 (Boston, MA) “The Symbolist in the Revolution: Valerii Briusov and the Poetics of History” ASEEES 2012 (New Orleans, LA) “Making the Symbolist Book” An Extended Family: Russian Modernism in International Context (A Conference in Honor of Olga Matich) (UC, Berkeley, 2012) “Laughably Modern: The Jesters’ Guide to Symbolism and Decadence” Southern Conference/Slavic Studies 2012 (Savannah, GA) Discussant for "Nietzsche and Russia." ASEEES 2011 (Washington, DC) Discussant for “Russian Literature and the English Novel: Text as Authority and Authority as Text” AATSEEL 2011 (Los Angeles) “Merezhkovskii and ‘Those Greeks’: Russian Decadence and the Lure of Substantial Superficiality” AATSEEL 2008 (San Francisco, CA) “The Symbolist, the Decadent, the Critic, and His Journal: Cross-cultural Importation in Early Russian Modernism” AAASS 2008 (Philadelphia, PA) “Decadent Style with a Symbolist Worldview: Bely’s Dramatic Symphony and the Perils of Surfaces” AATSEEL 2007 (Chicago, IL) “Distilling Symbolism’s Essence: Ellis and the Return of Russkie simvolisty” UC Berkeley Slavic Department Colloquium (December 2007) “Symbolist by Association: Almanacs, Cycles, and the Academy of Russian Symbolism” AAASS 2007 (New Orleans, LA) Roundtable on “Decadences and Decadents” AATSEEL 2006 (Philadelphia, PA) “Skorpion and the Instantaneous Canonization of Russian Symbolism” AAASS 2006 (Washington, DC) “Falling into the Symbol: The Russian Reevaluation of Decadence” AATSEEL 2005 (Washington, DC) “The Literal Symbolist: Vladimir Solov’ev and the Initial Reception of Russian Symbolism” Andrei Belyi v izmeniaiushchemsia mire (International conference sponsored by the Bely museum and Russian Ministry of Culture) Moscow, Russia (October 2005) “Palitra simvolistov: Estetika tsveta v rannei lirike A. Belogo” Midwest Slavic Conference 2005 (Columbus, OH) “A Symbolist Palette: The Aesthetics of Andrei Bely’s Zoloto v lazuri” AATSEEL 2004 (Philadelphia, PA) “Princely Saints and Saintly Princes: Writing the Sacred in Medieval Rus’” AATSEEL 2001 (New Orleans, LA) “Exploring the Body Shameful: Solov’ev, Sologub, and Original Sin” AATSEEL 2000 (Washington, DC) “The Wanderlust of a Clerk: Pretenderism in Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’” California Slavic Colloquium 2000 (Berkeley, CA) “Otherworldly Communication in Tsvetaeva’s ‘Vesna navodit son’”
Professional Memberships American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Modern Language Association Modernist Studies Association American Comparative Literature Association Fine Press Book Association Grolier Club