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Department Newsletter

Fall 2014

Faculty News

Slavic Lecturer, Yuri Urbanovich, moderated and participated in a critical discussion of the film "Red Army" at this year's Virginia Film Festival. Red Army is a documentary focusing on the Soviet Union's Red Army hockey team as a form of propaganda during the height of Cold War tensions. Director Gabe Polsky framed the experience largely through the eyes of its team captain Slava Fetisov, one of the most celebrated Soviet players of all time, who became a political enemy when he decided to defect to America and play in the NHL. This screening was part of the larger Berlin Wall Symposium marking the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
More information on the film can be found at:

Slavic Lecturer, Yuri Urbanovich, discusses Russian politics on American Forum - The Mind of Vladimir Putin. American Forum is a one-hour public-affairs television program taped before a live audience at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. The program is broadcast on more than 90 PBS stations around the United States.

Slavic instructor, Andy Kaufman, discusses his course, "Books Behind Bars", on local radio podcast, With Good Reason (begins at 14:22)

Faculty Publications

Edith Clowes:

“Russia: Literature and Society,” in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol VI: The Nineteenth Century, c. 1830-1914, ed. M.A.R. Habib (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 205-228.

“Being a Sibiriak in Contemporary Siberia: Imagined Geography and Vocabularies of Identity in Regional Writing Culture,” Region, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013), 47-67.

Julian Connolly:

Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov:  A Reader’s Guide.  New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, February 2013.

“Vladimir Nabokov.”  In The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists, ed. Timothy Parrish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.  209-18.

“Inserted Texts in Ivan Bunin’s Fiction.” In Twentieth Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 253.  Ed. Kathy D. Darrow.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2011.  81-89.

“The Life of Arsenyev.” In Twentieth Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 253.  Ed. Kathy D. Darrow.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2011.  75-81.

"Confession in The Brothers Karamazov."Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov: Art, Creativity, and Spirituality. Ed. Predrag Cicovacki and Maria Granik. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH Heidelberg, 2010. 13–28.

"Nabokov Revising Nabokov: The Lolita Screenplays." Revising Nabokov Revising. Kyoto: Nabokov Society of Japan, 2010. 33–38.

Katia Dianina:

When Art Makes News: Writing Culture and Identity in Imperial Russia (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013).  Recipient of the AATSEEL award Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies (2014)

“The Firebird of the National Imaginary: The Myth of Russian Culture and its Discontents,” The Journal of European Studies 42, no. 3 (September 2012): 223-244

“Museum and Message: Writing Public Culture in Imperial Russia,” Slavic and East European Journal 56, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 173-195

“‘Our Berendeevka’: The Invented Tradition of Russian Modernity,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies 46, no. 4 (2012): 439-466

“An Island of Antiquity: The Double Life of Talashkino in Russia and Beyond,” in Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe, eds. Julie Buckler and Emily D. Johnson (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2013): 133-156  

Mark Elson:

"A Note on One of Nabokov's Riddles." The Nabokovian 65 (Fall 2010). 42-49.

David Herman:

"Khadzhi-Murat's Silence."  Short Story Criticism, v. 131 (Gale, 2010).

Dariusz Tolczyk:

“Powiedziec Zachodowi” [To Tell the West], Tygodnik Powszechny, 18-19, 2012.

"Обеспокоенность свидетеля: Роман В круге первом и риторика иницияции." Солженицын: Мыслитель, историк, художник. Западная критика, 1974-2008. Moscow: Russkii put', 2010. 575-596.

"Мистецтво небачення." Krytyka 9-10 (2010). 155-156.

"Katyn: o longo segredo," Dicta & Contradicta (Instituto de Formacao e Educacao [Sao Paulo, Brazil]), vol. 5.  English as "Katyn: The Long Cover-Up," The New Criterion, May 2010.

Faculty Books:

Connolly book coverDianina book cover

Graduate Student Publications

Michael Marsh-Soloway - "Unseen Beauty, Shadows of Liminal Space, and the Caustic Passions of Exile: The Life and Writings of M. Yu. Lermontov", Critical Insights: Russia's Golden Age, 2014.

Kathleen Thompson - "Stranger in a Familiar Land: Gary Shteyngart's Evolving Search for Self," Brown Slavic Contributions, Spring 2013.

Reed Johnson - "The Unread: The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript," The New Yorker Online, July 2013.

Reed Johnson - "If Holden Caulfield Spoke Russian," The New Yorker Online, September, 2013.

Katya Jordan - "Dunia’s Progress, Samson’s Decline, and Pushkin’s Modernity: Decrypting the German Pictures in 'The Stationmaster," Ulbandus, 2013.

Student News

SSGS Newsletter

Russian Play


LECTURE: Karen Evans-Romaine - Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Director of Russian Flagship Center - University of Wisconsin-Madison. "The Russian Flagship: Teaching Future 'Global Professionals' and Learning from Our Students." September 18, 2014, 5:00pm.

LECTURE: Kyrill Kunakhovich - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History - College of William & Mary. "Beyond Socialist Realism: Rethinking Art and Politics in the Soviet Bloc." October 29, 2014, 1:15pm, Nau 342.

LECTURE: Tedo Japaridze - Chair of the Georgian Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs. "The Republic of Georgia: Trying to Become a Normal Democratic State." November 10, 2014, 2:00pm, Necomb Hall Commonwealth Room.

LECTURE: Russell Scott Valentino - Professor of Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures - Indiana University. On his new book The Woman in the Window: Commerce, Consensual Fantasy, and the Quest for Masculine Virtue in the Russian Novel. Date, Time, and Location TBA.

LECTURE: Alexander Prokhorov - Associate Professor of Russian Studies, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures- College of William & Mary. "The Commemoration of World War II in Russian and Soviet Prestige Film Productions." Date, Time, and Location TBA.

CONFERENCE: Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia's Regional Identities and Initiatives, March 26-28, 2015

Slavic Film Series