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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures with Comparative Literature Minor May 1996
Dissertation: “Zinaida Gippius and the Fashioning of Gender,” Advisor: Clare Cavanagh
M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures May 1989
M.A. Russian Language August 1988
A.B. Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa Russian Literature May 1985
Middlebury College Academic Year Program in Moscow 1987-1988
CIEE Semester Program in Leningrad Fall 1983
Additional Language Study
Italian Language Courses (Audit) University of Oregon Fall 2003-Winter 2006
Middlebury College Intensive Second-Year Russian Program Summer 1982
FIELDS OF INTEREST Russian Modernism, Gender Studies, Literature and the Visual Arts, Imaginative Geographies, Russian-Italian Cultural Interactions, and Russian Émigré Literature
EMPLOYMENT University of Oregon
Director of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 2013-present
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Russian 2006-present
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Russian 2003-2006
“Introduction: Toward a Russian Geopoetics, or Some Ways of Relating Russia to the
World,” coauthored with Anindita Banerjee, Slavic Review vol. 75, no. 2 (2016): 247-55.
“Uncanny Excavations: Khodasevich, Pompeii, and Remains of the Past,” Russian Review
vol. 74, no. 2 (2015): 272-92.
“The Aesthetics of Disaster: Blok, Messina, and the Decadent Sublime,” Slavic Review vol.
70, no. 3 (2011): 569-90.
“Unbearable Burdens: Aleksandr Blok and the Modernist Resistance to Progeny and Domesticity.” Slavic Review vol. 63, no. 1 (2004): 6-25.
“The Androgynous Gaze of Zinaida Gippius.” Russian Literature XLVIII-I (2000): 87-115.
“Reading Zinaida Gippius: Over Her Dead Body.” Slavic and East European Journal vol. 43, no. 4 (1999): 621-35.
“The Fashioning of Zinaida Gippius.” Slavic and East European Journal vol. 42, no. 1 (1998): 58-75.
“Ivan Fedorovich Shpon’ka i ego tetushka’ as ‘Oral’ Narrative, or ‘Food for the Critics.’” Russian Literature XXXIX (1996): 359-72.
“Women in Russian Symbolism: Beyond the Algebra of Love.” In A History of Women’s Writing in Russia, ed. Adele M. Barker and Jehanne Gheith. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 134-52.
“Decadence.” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Fourth Edition. Eds. Roland
Greene and Stephen Cushman. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. 338-40.
“Zinaida Gippius.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Vol. 2. Ed. Bonnie G.
Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 380-81.
“The Silver Age.” Europe 1789 to 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire. Vol. 4.Eds. John Merriman & Jay Winter. Detroit: Chas Scribner’s Sons, 2006. 2181-83.
“N. A. Teffi.” Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. Eds. Anne Commire & Deborah Klezmer. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications, 2002. 257-61.
“Zinaida Gippius.” Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Vol. 6. Eds. Anne Commire & Deborah Klezmer. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications, 2000. 253-58.
Elena Glazov-Corrigan’s Mandel’shtam’s Poetics: A Challenge to Postmodernism. Slavic
and East European Journal vol. 47, no. 4 (2004): 686-88.
Temira Pakhmuss’s Zinaida Gippius: Hypatia dvadtsatogo veka. The Russian Review vol. 63, no. 1 (2004): 154-55.
WORK UNDER REVIEW Special Issue
Forum on “World Revolution,” coedited and introduced with Anindita Banerjee, Slavic and
East European Journal (scheduled for fall 2017; 5 articles slated for the forum are currently under review)
“Revolutionary Ecology: Maxim Gorky’s Italy,” Slavic and East European Journal
(8,826 words, currently under review for the forum on “World Revolution”)
WORK IN PROGRESS Books
Modernism and Catastrophe: Russian Writing between Etna and Vesuvius (anticipated
completion date for the manuscript: September 14, 2017)
“Uncanny Excavations: Khodasevich, Pompeii, and Remains of the Past,” University of
Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University (February 2015)
“Zinaida Gippius on the Shores of the Ionian Sea,” A Symposium on Russian and
Comparative Literature in Memory of James L. Rice (Eugene, OR, May 2014)
“Ionian Reflections: Zinaida Gippius, Taormina, and the World of Art” (ASEEES,
“Uncanny Archaeology: Khodasevich, Pompeii, and the Russia’s Remains” (AATSEEL,
Seattle, 2012, Russian and East European Arts, World Stage, UO, May 2012, Wisconsin AATSEEL, UW-Madison, Oct 2012, Italy-Russia: Cases in Cultural Appropriation, Reed College, Oct 2012, AAIS, Eugene, OR April 2013)
“The Aesthetics of Disaster: Blok, Messina, and the Decadent Sublime” (UO Course on
“The Idea of Europe,” May 2011)
“Big Night, or the Failure of Excellence” (UO Nomad Lecture and Film Series on
Sustenance, February 2011)
“Seismic Southern Italy, Revolutionary Russia, and the Writing of Rupture” (AAASS,
“The Politics of Disaster: Blok, Gorky, and the 1908 Messina Earthquake” (Oregon Humanities Center, Spring 2007)
“Blok, Messina, and the Revolutionary Sublime” (AAASS, Salt Lake City, 2005)
“From Catastrophe to Strophe: The Messina Earthquake and Its Aftershocks in Russian Culture” (AAASS, Boston, 2004)
“Alexander Blok and the Modernist Family Romance” (Symposium on Russian Literature in the World Context, Smith College, April, 2003; AAASS, Pittsburgh, 2002)
“Poetry against Progeny: Alexander Blok and Modernist Filicide” (U of Pennsylvania, February, 2003; U of Oregon, January, 2003)
“Poetry against Progeny: Blok and the Problem of Poetic Reproduction” (USC Slavic Dept., December, 2001)
“Unbearable Burdens: Alexander Blok’s Resistance to Progeny and Acmeism” (AAASS, Denver, 2000)
“Infanticide as Creative Imperative in Alexander Blok” (BASEES, Cambridge, England,
2000; Rocky Mountain Slavic Conference, San Diego, 2000)
The Space between St. Petersburg and Leningrad: Liudmila Ivanova and the Transformation
of Russian Culture” (Rountable Presenter, USC Fisher Gallery, March 2000)
“20th Century Russian Women Writers and the Fashioning of Female Poetic Identity”