Adrian J. Wanner


 
 

ADRIAN J. WANNER
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Pennsylvania State University
422 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802

Tel. (814) 865-1097 (o),  308-9256 (h)
Fax (814) 863-8882
E-Mail: ajw3@psu.edu

Education

Ph.D., Russian Literature, Columbia University, 1992
Lic. Phil. [M.A. equivalent], French and Russian Philology, Zurich University, 1987
       1985-86 Leningrad, Leningrad State University
       1982-83 Paris, Universités Paris-IV and Paris-VIII
Maturität, Type A (Latin and Greek), Kantonsschule Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1979
Languages
Fluent in German (native), French, Russian and Italian.  Reading knowledge of Spanish, Latin and Classical Greek.
Employment

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, 2003 to present
· Head, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Pennsylvania State University, 2001 to 2008
Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, PSU, 1998 to 2003
Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, PSU, 1996 to 1998
Assistant Professor of Russian and French, University of Evansville, 1992-96
Lecturer of Literature Humanities, Columbia University, 1990-91
Lecturer of Russian Literature, Princeton University, Spring Semester 1990
Instructor of  Russian, Columbia University, 1988-90

Grants and Awards

Class of 1933 Distinction in the Humanities Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
NSEP Institutional Grant to create Russian and Ukrainian Programs for Future Agricultural Leaders, Co-PI, 2002-2006
Dialog Stiftung, Zug (Switzerland). Publication subsidy for German translation of Innokentii Annenskii's poetry, 1998
IREX Short-Term Travel Grant to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Summer 1997
IAHS and RGSO (Internal Penn State Funding Agencies) Fellowships to conduct research on the Russian prose poem, Spring 1997
NEH Grant to attend Seminar on Utopias, Northwestern University, Summer 1996
Indiana Consortium for International Programs Faculty Development Grant to conduct research in Russia and Ukraine, Summer 1993
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies National Award for Best Paper by a Graduate Student, for "The Russian Battle over Baudelaire," 1992
Ph.D. with Distinction, Columbia University, 1992
Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship, 1991-92, for dissertation write-up
Sonia Streuli Maguire Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award,  Swiss Benevolent Society of New York, 1990-91
President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1989-90
Pushkin Poetry Prize,  Columbia Slavic Department, for German translations of Blok and Annenskii, 1988 and 1989
Swiss Government Scholarship, to conduct research in USSR, 1985-86
"Semesterprämie" (best paper award) for a research paper on Rabelais, Zurich University, 1984

Publications

Books:

Monographs

· Out of Russia: Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011.
Reviewed in Slavic Review, The Russian Review, Slavic and East European Journal.

· Russian Minimalism: From the Prose Poem to the Anti-Story. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2003.
Reviewed in Slavic Review, Modern Language Review, Novoe literaturnoe obzrenie, Wiener Slavistisches Jahrbuch, Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, New Zealand Journal of Slavonic Studies and Canadian Slavonic Papers.

· Baudelaire in Russia.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996.
Reviewed in Slavic Review, The Russian Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Slavonic and East European Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Choice, Slavonica, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Comparative Literature, Revue de Littérature Comparée, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Journal of European Studies, Novyi zhurnal and Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie.

 

Bilingual Poetry Editions

(in all cases, selection of texts, German verse translation, introduction and notes by Adrian Wanner)

· Europäische Nacht. Wuppertal/Vienna: Arco Verlag, 2013. Russian-German edition of 69 poems by Vladislav Khodasevich. With an essay by Vladimir Nabokov.

· Der Klang von Sonnenklarinetten: Drei Lyriker der ukrainischen Moderne Zurich: Pano Verlag, 2008. Ukrainian-German edition of 65 poems by Pavlo Tychyna, Maksym Rylsy, and Bohdan Ihor Antonych.

· Liliana Ursu: Im Spiegel der Schmetterlinge. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 2005. Romanian-German edition of 50 poems by Liliana Ursu.

Miniaturwelten: Russische Prosagedichte. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 2004. An annotated bilingual Russian-German anthology of ca. 100 prose poems by 17 authors.

Innokentij Annenskij: Die Schwarze Silhouette.  Zurich: Pano Verlag, 1998.  Russian-German edition of 50 poems by Innokentii Annenskii.

· Alexander Blok: Gedichte. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1990. Russian-German edition of 74 poems by Alexander Blok. 

 
 

Refereed Articles:

· “Troinaia identichnost’: Russkoiazychnye evrei—nemetskie, amerikanskie i izrail’skie pisateli.”  Forthcoming in Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2014.

· “Moving Beyond the Russian-American Ghetto: The Fiction of Keith Gessen and Michael Idov.”  The Russian Review 73, no. 2 (Spring 2014), pp. 281-296.

· "Lolita and Kofemolka: Vladimir Nabokov's and Michael Idov's Self-Translations from English into Russian." Slavic and East European Journal 57, no.3 (Fall 2013), pp. 450-464.

· “Russian Jews as American Writers: A New Paradigm for Jewish Multiculturalism?”  MELUS 37, no. 2 (Summer 2012), pp. 157-176.

· "The Russian Immigrant Narrative as Metafiction." Slavic and East European Journal 55, no.1 (Spring 2011), pp. 58-74.

· “Gogol’s ‘Portrait’ Repainted: On Gary Shteyngart’s ‘Shylock on the Neva.’"Canadian Slavonic Papers 51, no. 2-3 (June-September 2009), pp. 333-348.

· “Russian Hybrids: Identity in the Translingual Writings of Andreï Makine, Wladimir Kaminer and Gary Shteyngart." Slavic Review67, no.3 (Fall 2008), pp. 662- 681.

· "Ein Russe in New York: Gary Shteyngart und der Immigrant Chic." Osteuropa 57, no.5 (May 2007), pp. 151-167.

"Wladimir Kaminer: A Russian Picaro Conquers Germany." The Russian Review 64, no.4 (October 2005), pp. 590-604.

"The First Russian Flowers of Evil." Ulbandus 8 (2004), pp. 4-17.

"Gained in Translation: Andreï Makine’s Novel Le testament français." Literary Imagination 4, no.1 (Winter 2002), pp. 111-126.

"Russian Minimalist Prose: Generic Antecedents to Daniil Kharms’ ‘Sluchai.’" Slavic and East European Journal 45, no.3 (Fall 2001), pp. 451-472.

"Imperialism as an Infectious Disease: The Theme of Death in 'Kavkazskii plennik.'" Pushkin Review 3, 2000, pp. 133-150.

"Aleksei Remizov's Dreams: Surrealism Avant la Lettre?" The Russian Review 58, no. 4 (October 1999), pp. 599-614.

"The Misanthrope as Revolutionary Hero: Revisiting Griboedov's Chatskii and Molière's Alceste." Canadian Slavonic Papers 41, no.2 (June 1999), pp. 177-188.

"From Subversion to Affirmation: The Prose Poem as a Russian Genre." Slavic Review 56, no.3 (Fall 1997), pp. 519-541.
"Cutting Baudelaire's Rope: Ivan Turgenev's Re-Writing of 'La Corde'." Comparative Literature Studies 34, no.1 (Spring 1997), pp.35-44
"The Underground Man as Big Brother: Dostoevsky's and Orwell's Anti-Utopia." Utopian Studies 8, no.1 (Spring 1997), pp. 77-88
"Aleksandr Blok's Sculptural Myth." Slavic and East European Journal 40, no.2 (Summer 1996), pp.236-250
"Populism and Romantic Agony: A Russian Terrorist's Discovery of Baudelaire." Slavic Review 52, no. 2 (Summer 1993), pp. 298-317
"Le premier regard russe sur Baudelaire et la publication du 'Flacon'."  Bulletin Baudelairien, 26, no. 2 (December 1991), pp. 43-50

"O dvukh perevodakh A. P. Sumarokova." Graduate Essays on Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, vol. 2 (1989), pp. 11-21

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

· "The Recent Boom in Russian-American Immigrant Fiction: Will it Last?" In Russian Emigration at the Crossroads of the XX-XIX Centuries.  Ed. Marina Adamovich, Tatiana Smorodinska, and Natalia Ermolaev (New York: The New Review Publishing, 2012), pp. 221-227.

"The Underground Man as Big Brother: Dostoevsky's and Orwell's Anti-Utopia." In Bloom's Modern Critical Views: George Orwell,   Updated Edition.   Ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 2007), pp. 49-61.

"Bauderlaire et les poètes russes." In Postérités de Baudelaire (L'Année Baudelaire 4). Ed. John Jackson (Paris: Klincksieck, 1999), pp. 73-84.

"Bodler v russkoi kul'ture kontsa XIX - nachala XX veka." In Russkaia literatura XX veka: Issledovaniia amerikanskikh uchenykh. Ed. B. Averin and E. Neatrour (St. Petersburg: Petro Rif, 1994), pp. 24-45.

Encyclopedia Entries:

"Baudelaire's Reception in Russia." In Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, Vol.4 (Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 2003), pp.55-59.

Other Articles and Translations:

· German translation of Vladislav Khodasevich, “Molitva.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no. 87 (April 14, 2014), p.36.

· German translation of Vladislav Khodasevich, “Vse kamennoe.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no.136 (June 15, 2013), p.65.

· German translation of Vladislav Khodasevich, “Lastochki.”  Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no.92 (April 22, 2013), p.35.

· German translation of Vladislav Khodasevich, “Sanctus Amor.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no.56 (March 8, 2013), p.53.

· German translation of Vladislav Khodasevich, “Putem zerna,” “Ishchi menia,” “Dom,” and “Stansy,” in Four Centuries: Russian Poetry in Translation, 2012, no.2, pp.10-14.

· German translation of Viacheslav Ivanov, “Almaz,” “Rubin,” “Izumrud,” “Safir,” “Ametist,” and Vladislav Khodasevich, “Zvezdy,” in Four Centuries: Russian Poetry in Translation, 2012, no.1, pp.13-17.

· German translation of Vladislav Khodasevich, “Khranilishche.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no. 183 (August 9, 2011), p. 40.

· German translation of Maksym Rylsky, “Zapakhla osin’.”  Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no. 138 (June 16, 2011), p. 69.

German translation of Innokentii Annenskii, “Toska mimoletnosti.” In Europa Erlesen: Krim, ed. Annette Luisier and Sophie Schudel (Klagenfurt: Wieser Verlag, 2010), pp.199-200.

· German translation of Mihai Eminescu's poem "Dintre sute de catarge." Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), no.219 (September 20, 2005), p.43.

10 translations of prose poems by Ivan Turgenev, Vsevolod Garshin, Wassily Kandinsky, Ivan Bunin, Aleksei Remizov, Elena Guro, Andrei Belyi, Aleksandr Blok and Daniil Kharms, Reformatio 53, no.2 (June 2004), pp. 166-120.

17 translations of poems by Aleksandr Blok, Innokentii Annenskii, Andrei Belyi, Konstantin Bal'mont, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, Boris Pasternak and Vladimir Solov'ev in Ulrich Schmid, ed. Sternensalz:Russische Lyrik (Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag), 2003

Innokentii Annenskii, "V vagone," "Ia lubliu".  In I stikh uzhe zvuchit...: Russische Gedichte. Ed. Gudrun Heyer (Berlin: Volk und Wissen Verlag, 1999), pp. 18-19.

Viacheslav Ivanov, "Al'piiskii rog." In Peter Brang, ed., Landschaft und Lyrik (Basel: Schwabe, 1998), p. 447
"Totalitäre Mathematik: Zum Gebrauch eines Motivs bei Dostojewski und Orwell."  Literary Supplement of Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), September 7-8, 1996
"Der russische Dichter und das Alphorn: Hinweis auf Wjatscheslaw Iwanow."  NZZ, September 2-3, 1995
"Im Reich der Transparenz: Kristalle und Edelsteine im russischen Symbolismus." NZZ, November 21-22, 1992
"Innokentij Annenskij: September." NZZ, February 15, 1992
"Umstrittene Werte:  Die amerikanische Bildungsdebatte am Beispiel der Columbia-Universität." NZZ, January 15, 1992
"Schwarze Dekadenz: Zum Pessimismus in der russischen Lyrik der Jahrhundertwende," NZZ,  January  26/27, 1991
"'Meine Schwester - das Leben'.  Pasternak im Sommer 1917."  NZZ,   February 10/11, 1990
"'Nacht, Strasse, Lampe, Apotheke...'.  Alexander Blok und der 'Mythos Petersburg'." NZZ,  October 21/22, 1989
"Die Schwermut der unaufgelösten Dissonanz: Der russische Lyriker Innokenti Annenski."  NZZ,  April 8/9, 1989
"Kosma Prutkov und der Reiz des Banalen. Zu der Geschichte einer literarischen Mystifikation." NZZ,  March 4/5, 1989
"'Panmongolismus'.  Eine russische Endzeitvision." NZZ, August 20/21 1988
"Alexander Blok: Fünf Gedichte aus dem Zyklus 'Die Schneemaske'." Individualität, 16 (December 1987), pp. 40-44
"Von der Traummystik zum Schaubudentheater.  Symbolismus und Selbstparodie bei Alexander Blok." NZZ,  September 26/27, 1987
"Studentenalltag in der Sowjetunion: Als Schweizer Stipendiat in Leningrad."  NZZ, September 10, 1987
"Transzendenz und Desillusion. Zu Alexander Bloks Gedicht "Die Unbekannte."  NZZ,  February 7/8, 1987
"Vincennes heute: Vom Experiment zum Alltag. An Frankreichs ungewöhnlichster Universität" NZZ, September 21, 1983

"New Yorks 'Little Odessa'. Russische Enklave in Brighton Beach." NZZ, May 15, 1983
Republished in English as: "New York's Little Odessa." Swiss Review of World Affairs, vol. 33, no.4 (July 1983), pp. 29-31

 

Book Reviews:

· Alexei Lalo, trans. and ed. The Birth of the Body: Russian Erotic Prose of the First Half of the Twentieth Century: A Reader.  Leiden: Brill, 2013.  The Russian Review 72, no. 4 (October 2013), pp. 673-74.

· Natalia Jörg, Schreiben im Exil—Exil im Schreiben: Zur narrativen Vermittlung von Exilerfahrungen bei Vladimir Nabokov und Iosif Brodsky.  Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 2012.  Slavic Review 72, no.1 (Spring 2013), 195-96.

· Robert Reid and Joe Andrew, eds., Turgenev: Art, Ideology and Legacy.  Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.  The Russian Review 70, no.3 (July 2011), p. 505.

· Jessica Kravets, Das “Böse” im russischen Symbolismus: Bal’mont-Brjusov-Sologub-Remizov-Belyj-Blok. Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 2009.  Slavic Review 70, no. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 216-217.

· Judith E. Kalb, Russia's Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1940. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008. Slavic Review 69, no.2 (Summer 2010), p. 481.

· Magnus Ljunggren, Twelve Essays on Andrej Belyj's Peterburg. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2009. Canadian Slavonic Papers 51, no. 4 (December 2009), pp. 605-606.

· Neil Cornwell, The Absurd in Literature.  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.  Slavic Review 68.1 (Spring 2009), pp.192-93.

· Maria Bloshteyn, The Making of a Counter-Culture Icon: Henry Miller’s Dostoevsky.  Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2007.  The Russian Review 68, no.1 (January 2009), pp. 139-40.

· Julian Henry Lowenfeld (trans.), My Talisman: The Poetry of Alexander Pushkin. New York: Green Lamp Press, 2004. Slavic and East European Journal 52, no.3 (Fall 2008), pp. 458-59.

· Benjamin Specht, Die Lyrik Bella Achmadulinas (Munich: Otto Sagner, 2005).  Slavic and East European Journal 51.3 (Fall 2007), pp. 621-22.

Kirsten Blythe Painter, Flint on a Bright Stone: A Revolution of Precision and Restraint in American, Russian, and German Modernism (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2006). Comparative Literature Studies 44, no.3 (2007), 374-78.

· Christa Ebert, Sinaida Hippius: Seltsame Nähe (Berlin: Oberbaum Verlag, 2004).  The Russian Review 66, no.2 (April 2007), pp. 322-23.

Horst-Jürgen Gerigk,   Staat und Revolution im russischen Roman des 20. Jahrhunderts 1900-1925: Eine historische und poetologische Studie (Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag, 2005).   The Russian Review 65, no.3 (July 2006), pp. 520-21.

Urs Heftrich, Gogols Schuld und Sühne: Versuch einer Deutung des Romans Die toten Seelen (Hürtgenwald: Guido Pressler Verlag, 2004).   The Russian Review 64, no.4 (October 2005), pp. 690-91.

Bettina Kaibach, Risse in der Zeit: Zur Bedeutung des Augenblicks im Werk von Vladimir Solov'ev und Aleksandr Blok (Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2002). Slavic Review 63, no.2 (Summer 2004), pp.437-438.

Erika Greber, Textile Texte: Poetologische Metaphorik und Literaturtheorie: Studien zur Tradition des Wortflechtens und der Kombinatorik (Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, 2002). The Russian Review 62, no.2 (April 2003), pp. 300-301.

Mirjam Goller and Georg Witte, eds. Minimalismus: Zwischen Leere und Exzeß. Wiener Slawistischer Almanach. Sonderband 51 (Vienna, 2001). Canadian Slavonic Papers 44, nos. 3-4 (September-December 2002), pp.322-323.

J. Douglas Clayton, Wave and Stone: Essays on the Poetry and Prose of Alexander Pushkin (Ottawa: The Slavic Research Group at the University of Ottawa, 2000). The Russian Review 61, no.3 (July 2002), pp.442-443

Maria Rubins, Crossroad of Arts, Crossroad of Cultures: Ecphrasis in Russian and French Poetry (New York: Palgrave, 2000). Slavic Review 61, no.1 (Spring 2002), pp.187-188

Gennady Barabtarlo, ed., Cold Fusion: Aspects of the German Cultural Presence in Russia (New York: Berghahn Books, 2000). Slavic and East European Journal 45, no.3 (Fall 2001), pp.567-569

Clive Scott, Translating Baudelaire (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000). Comparative Literature Studies 38, no.3 (2001), pp.269-271.

Douglas Hofstadter, trans. Eugene Onegin (New York: Basic Books, 1999). Comparative Literature Studies 37, no. 1 (Spring 2000), pp. 83-86.

Roman Dubrovkin, Stefan Mallerme i Rossiia (Bern: Peter Lang, 1998).  Slavic and East European Journal 44,  no. 1 (Spring 2000), pp.136-138.

Martin Schneider, Postmeister und Stationsaufseher: Eine Studie zur deutschen Pushkin-Rezeption (Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 1997). Slavic and East European Journal 43, no. 4 (Winter 2000), pp. 712-713.

Paul Friedrich, Music in Russian Poetry (New York: Peter Lang, 1998).  Slavic Review 57, no. 4 (Winter 1998), pp. 949-950.

Heide Willich, Lev L. Kobylinskij-Ellis: Vom Symbolismus zur ars sacra. Eine Studie über Leben und Werk (Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 1996). Slavic and East European Journal 42, no.1 (Spring 1998), pp.137-139.
Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, ed., The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997). Slavic Review 56, no.4 (Winter 1997), pp.815-16.
Michael Wachtel, ed., Vjaceslav Ivanov: Dichtung und Briefwechsel aus dem deutschsprachigen Nachlass (Mainz: Liber Verlag, 1995). Slavic and East European Journal 40, no.3 (Fall 1996), pp.563-64
Boris Groys, Die Erfindung Rußlands (Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1995). Slavic and East European Journal 40, no.1(Spring 1996), pp.189-90.
Rachel May, The Translator in the Text: On Reading Russian Literature in English (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1994). Slavic and East European Journal 39, no.4 (Winter 1996), pp.635-37.

Anna A. Tavis, Rilke's Russia: A Cultural Encounter (Evanston, IL: Nortwestern University Press, 1994).  Russian History 22, no.1 (Spring 1995), pp.118-20.

 

Conference Papers

· "Moving Beyond the Ghetto: Post-Ethnic Russian-American Fiction." 2013 ASEEES Convention, Boston, November 21, 2013.

· “Fictions of the Russian-Jewish Diaspora: A ‘Russian’ Literature in Foreign Tongues?”  Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Paris, France, July 20, 2013.

· “Lolita and Kofemolka: Vladimir Nabokov’s and Michael Idov’s Self-Translations from English into Russian.”  2012 ASEEES Convention, New Orleans, November 15, 2012.

· “The Recent Boom in Russian-American Immigrant Fiction: Will It Last?”  International Conference “Russian Emigration at the Crossroads of the XX-XXI Centuries,” Novyi Zhurnal, New York, April 28, 2012.

· “From Ground Up to Kofemolka: Michael Idov’s Self-Translation.” 2012 AATSEEL Convention, Seattle, January 6, 2012.

· Discussant in panel on “Russian Literature and Culture in Weimar Berlin,” 2011 ASEEES Convention, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2011.

·  “Michael Idov’s Ground Up: A New Brand of Russian Immigrant Literature?” 2011 ASEEES Convention, Washington, D.C., November 17, 2011.

· “Triple Identities: Russian Speaking Jews as German, Israeli, and American Writers.”  Conference on the Russian Speaking Jewish Diaspora, Davis Center, Harvard University, November 15, 1011.

· “La Russie en français: Allegories of Translingual Authorship and Audience in Andreï Makine’s Le testament français.”  Conference on Bicultural Literature, University of Surrey/Institut Français, London, England, December 2010.

· “Contemporary Translingual ‘Russian’ Fiction as a Global Phenomenon.”  2010 ASEEES Convention, Los Angeles.

· "Russianness for German Consumption: Wladimir Kaminer, Lena Gorelik, Alina Bronsky." ICCEES World Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2010.

· "The Erotic Charm of Russianness:  Lara Vapnyar’s Memoirs of a Muse and Irina Reyn’s What Happened to Anna K." 2009 AATSEEL Convention, Philadelphia.

· “The Russian Immigrant Narrative as Metafiction.”  2009 AAASS Convention, Boston.

· “The Appeal of Hybridity: Russian Translingual Writers in the 21st Century.”  Third International “Perspectives on Slavistics” Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 2008.

· "The Construction of Russianness in Contemporary Translingual Writing."  2007 MLA Convention, Chicago.

· "Varieties of Russian Translingual Writing in the 21st Century." 2007 AAASS Convention, New Orleans.

· "The Best of Both Worlds: Gary Shteyngart and the Russian ‘Immigrant Chic.’"  ICCEES Conference, Berlin, Germany, 2007.

"The New Nabokovs? Shteyngart, Vapnyar, Bezmozgis, Grushin, and the Wave of 'Russian Debutantes'." 2006 AATSEEL Convention, Philadelphia.

"Russian or German? Wladimir Kaminer's Performative National Identity."   2005 AAASS Convention, Salt Lake City.

"The Soviet Empire as Translingual Picaresque: Wladimir Kaminer's Militärmusik."   2005 ACLA Convention, Penn State University.

"The 'Russian from Central Casting:' Wladimir Kaminer and his German Bestsellers." 2004 AATSEEL Convention,   Philadelphia.

"Pedagogy of the Extreme (Teaching Stalinism and Nazism)," 2004 AAASS Convention, Boston.

"Andrei Belyi's Sophomoric Writings." 2003 AAASS Convention, Toronto.

"From Book to Card Catalogue: Lev Rubinstein’s ‘Counterrevolution Against Gutenberg,’" 2002 AAASS Convention, Pittsburgh.

"Verbal Cubism: Bededikt Livshits’ Prose Poem ‘People in a Landscape.’" 2002 MSA Conference, Madison.

Russian or French? Andreï Makine's Dual Identity as a Problem of Translation," 2001 AATSEEL Convention, New Orleans

Discussant in Panel on "Russian-German Literary Relations," 2001 AATSEEL Convention, New Orleans

"Kandinsky's 'Zvuki:' Image, Text and Sound," 2001 AAASS Convention, Arlington, VA

Discussant in panel on "Decadence and Degeneration in Russian Culture," 2001 AAASS Convention, Arlington, VA

"An Involuntary Futurist: Wassily Kandinsky's Contribution to A Slap in the Face of Public Taste." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2001.

"Minimalist Prose: Generic Antecedents to Daniil Kharms' 'Sluchai'."  2000 AAASS Convention, Denver.

Discussant in panel on Aleksandr Blok, 2000 AAASS Convention, Denver.

"Between Text and Image: Wassily Kandinsky's Prose Poems." New Modernisms II Conference, Philadelphia, October 2000.

"The Provocation of Brevity: Minimalist Narratives in 20th-Century Russian Literature." 2000 Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Princeton University, March 2000.

"Un drôle de russe": Andreï Makine's Intrusion into French Literature." 1999 MLA Convention, Chicago.

"'The Prisoner of the Caucasus' and Its Epilogue: Pushkin's Endorsement of Russian Imperialism?"  Pushkin Beyond Europe: An International Conference, Pennsylvania State University, October 1999.

"Between Two Languages: Andreï Makine's Franco-Russian Novel Le testament français."  1999 Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, New York University, March 1999

"Fedor Sologub's Minimalist Prose." 1998 AAASS Convention, Boca Raton
"Was Alexei Remizov a Surrealist?" 1998 Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Temple University, March 1998
"Just Dreams? Alexei Remizov's 'Sny' as a Literary Genre." 1997 AATSEEL Convention, Toronto
"Ambivalent Heroes: Griboedov's Chatskii and Molière's Alceste."   Conference on "Russia's Golden Age," Ohio State University, April 1997
"A Russian Misanthrope? Chatskii and Alceste Reconsidered." 1996 AATSEEL Convention, Washington, D.C.

"From the Underground to the Ministry of Love: Dostoevsky and Orwell." 1996 AAASS Convention, Boston

"Baudelaire's Influence on Russian Modernism: A Reassessment." Conference on Russian Modernism and its European Context, Texas Tech University, April 1996
"The Poetics of the Russian Prose Poem." 1995 AATSEEL Convention, Chicago

"Sumarokov  and the Classicist Theory of Translation." 1994 AATSEEL Convention, San Diego

"Translating Blo(c)k into German." 1993 AATSEEL Convention, Toronto
"Aleksandr Blok's Sculptural Myth." 1993 AAASS Convention, Honolulu

"De-Symbolyzing the Patriarch of Symbolism: Acmeist and Futurist Translations of Baudelaire." 1992 AATSEEL Convention, New York

"The Terrorist and the Flowers of Evil : P.F. Yakubovich - the first Russian Baudelairean." 1992 Central Slavic Conference, St. Charles, MO
"The Russian Battle over Baudelaire: Populists vs. Decadents." 1992 Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, New York
"Oxymoron as Genre: The Russian Prose Poem." 1991 Ivy League Graduate Student Conference in Slavic and Soviet Studies, Harvard University
"The Genre of the Prose Poem in Russian Literature." 1990  Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Rutgers University
"The Story of a 'Black Infection': A New Look at Pushkin's 'Kavkazskii plennik' and Its Epilogue." 1989 NEMLA Convention, Wilmington, Delaware

Discussant in panel on "The Lyrical Hero and the Reader in Modernist Literature." 1988 AAASS Convention, Honolulu

 

Invited Lectures

· “Beyond Nabokov and Brodsky: Russian Self-Translation in the 21st Century.” Keynote address.  International conference on Translation in Russian Contexts: Transcultural, Translingual and Transdisciplinary Points of Departure.  Uppsala University, Sweden, June 4, 2014.

· "Russian-Jewish Diaspora Fiction on Three Continents." University of Toronto, Centre for Jewish Studies and Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, November 25, 2013.

· “Global Russians: The Case of Michael Idov.” Symposium on Global Russian Culture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April 19, 2013.

· “Recent Post-Soviet Immigrant Writers in Germany: Russian, Jews, or Germans?”  On the Move: Migration and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.  Interdisciplinary Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, April 6, 2013.

· “Contemporary Translingual Russian Literature as a Global Phenomenon.” Shanghai International Studies University, China, June 4-5, 2012

· “Russian Jews Writing in German, English, and Ivrit.” XX Bannye Chteniia (Cultural Mechanisms for Constructing Identity in Diaspora), Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Moscow, Russia, April 6, 2012.

· Panel Moderator, “New Russian-American Writing” (with David Bezmozgis and Anya Ulinich), Center for the Humanities at Tufts University, March 29, 2012.

· “On the Possibility of the Impossible: Ukrainian Modernist Poetry in German Translation.”  Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University, Greifswald, Germany, July 8, 2009.

· “The Russian Debutantes: Soviet Immigrants as Bestselling American Writers.”  Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, June 30, 2009.

· “On Pavlo Tychyna, Maksym Rylsky and Bohdan Ihor Antonych.” Russian Theater, Berlin (Ukrainian Poetry Festival), June 17, 2009.

· “The Exophone Diaspora: Contemporary ‘Russian’ Literature in Foreign Tongues.” Free University of Berlin, June 11, 2009.

· “’Russianness’ as a Brand of Exile Literature.” University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, April 29, 2009.

· “Russian Immigrant Writers in Contemporary American Fiction.” Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, November 27, 2008.

· “The Beet Generation.”  University of Heidelberg, Germany, November 26, 2008.

· “How Russian Are They?  Identity in the Translingual Fiction of Andreï Makine, Wladimir Kaminer and Gary Shteyngart.”  UNC Chapel Hill, April 2, 2008.

"The Total Work of Art in the Russian Avant-Garde." Kulturatelier Zürich, Switzerland, October 1, 2006.

"Wassily Kandinsky's Prose Poems in the Context of the Russian Avant-Garde." Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, June 28, 2005.

"Liliana Ursu in Three Languages: Translating a Moving Target." Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, June 8, 2005.

"Alexander Pushkin and the Russian Conquest of the Caucasus: A Celebration of Genocide?"  Dickinson College, February 2000.

"Folly, Nonsense, Twaddle, Subversion and Disorder: Alexei Remizov's   Dreams." Ohio State University (Silver Age Colloquium), April 1998.

"Selective Affinities: Baudelaire and the Russian Anti-Symbolists."   Indiana University, Bloomington (Slavic Colloquium), September 1994.

"The Prose Poem in Russian Literature."  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, February 1993.

 

Professional Service
 

· Co-editor, Slavic Series, C. Winter Universitätsverlag Heidelberg, 2009 to present.

· Member, Adjudication Committee, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2009 to 2011.

Member of Editorial Board, Slavic and East European Journal, 1998 to present.

· Member, MLA Delegate Assembly, 2007 to 2010.

· Book Review Editor, Comparative Literature Studies, 1998 to 2008.

Co-organizer of  "Pushkin Beyond Europe," at International conference at Penn State University, October 1999.

 

Courses Taught
 

At Penn State:

· Beginning and Intermediate Russian
· Readings in Russian
· Russian Culture and Civilization
· Russian Literature in Translation, 1800-1870; 1870 to Present
· Graduate Seminar in 20th-Century Russian Literature
· Comp Lit Graduate Seminar in 19th-Century Literature
· Graduate Seminar on Alexander Pushkin
· The Russian Silver Age
· Masterpieces of Western Literature through the Renaissance
· Masterpieces of Western Literature since the Enlightenment
· Theory and Practice of Translation
· The Culture of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany
· Contemporary Russian-German Immigrant Writers
· Russian Poetry from the Golden Age to the Silver Age
· Literature of the Occult

At University of Evansville:
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Russian
Beginning French
German Conversation and Composition
Russian Culture
Masterpieces of Russian Literature
Soviet Literature
Utopias and Dystopias
World Cultures 101 (The Ancient World)
World Cultures 102 (The Rise of the West)
World Cultures 302 (The Modern World)

At Princeton University:
Russian Literature, 1860-1930
At Columbia University:
Intermediate Russian
Literature Humanities (Masterpieces of European Literature)
Other Interests
Classical Music: playing the piano and choral singing
Skiing and hiking