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Karen Ryan

Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

E-mail:
Phone: 434-924-3548

Address:
PO Box 400783
Halsey Annex C108
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4783

Research Interests

Twentieth-century Russian literature; Russian transnational literature; Russian literary satire

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Cornell University
  • Master of Arts (MA), University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor

Selected Publications:

Books

  • Stalin in Russian Satire, 1917-1991, University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
  • Twentieth-Century Russian Literature: Proceedings of the V World Congress of Central and East European Studies, Macmillan, 2000. [editor and contributor]
  • Venedikt Erofeev’s Moscow-Petushki: Critical Perspectives, Peter Lang, 1997. [editor and contributor]
  • Contemporary Russian Satire: A Genre Study, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Russian Publicistic Satire: The Contemporary Journalistic Feuilleton, Edwin Mellen Press, 1993.

Articles

  • "Vladimir Voinovich and Soviet/Emigre/Post-Soviet Satire: A Case Study," in Uncensored? Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia, Slavica, 2008. 11-26.
  • “Laughing at the Hangman: Humorous Portraits of Stalin,” in Reflective Laughter: Aspects of Humour in Russian Culture, Anthem, 2004. 157-165.
  • “The Devil You Know: Postmodern Reconsiderations of Stalin,” Mosaic 36 (September 2003), pp. 87-111.
  • “Imagining America: Il’f and Petrov’s Odnoetazhnaia Amerika and Ideological Alterity,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 44 (2002), pp. 263-77
  • “Aksenov’s ptichii iazyk: Nonsense Reconsidered,” Slavic and East European Journal 46 (2002), pp. 29-46.
  • “Sokolov’s Palisandriia: The Art of History,” in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature: Proceedings of the V World Congress of Central and East European Studies, Macmillan, 2000. 215-27.
  • “Misreading Misogyny: The Allegorical Functions of Russian Porn,” in Eros and Pornography in Russian Culture, Ladomir, 1999. 573-89.
  • “Destalinization and Self-Consumption in Iskander’s Kroliki i udavy: The Other Within,” Zeitschrift für Slawistik, 43 (1998), pp. 431-44.
  • “Erofeev’s Grief: Inconsolable and Otherwise,” in Venedikt Erofeev’s Moscow—Petushki: Critical Perspectives, Peter Lang, 1997.
  • “Dystopia Revisited: Voinovich and Zamiatin,” Irish Slavonic Studies 17 (1997), pp. 45-77.
  • “Cooperative Learning in the Intermediate/Advanced Russian Classroom,” in Metodika prepodavaniia russkogo iazyka i literatury v Amerike, Syntaxis Press, 1995.
  • “Narrative Strategies in the Works of Sergei Dovlatov,” Russian Language Journal (Winter-Spring-Fall 1994), pp. 155-178.
  • “Limonov's Eto ia -- Edichka and the Autobiographical Mode,” The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, March 1993.
  • “Marina Lebedeva's 'Mezhdu nami, zhenshchinami' Feuilletons,” Slavic and East European Journal (Summer 1992), pp. 172-188.
  • “Voinovich's Moskva 2042 as Literary Parody,” Russian Literature 36 (1994), pp. 453-480.
  • “Decoding the Dream in the Satirical Works of Vladimir Voinovich,” Slavic and East European Journal (Fall 1990), pp. 289-307.
  • “Limonov's Eto ia -- Edichka and the Failure of An American Dream,” Canadian Slavonic Papers (December 1988), pp. 438-459.
  • “Psychological Characterization in Russian Satire: razgovornaia rech' and nesobstvenno-priamaia rech'," Russian Language Journal (Winter-Spring- Fall 1988), pp. 67-83. Republished in Topics in Colloquial Russian, ed. Margaret H. Mills (New York: Peter Lang, 1990).
  • “Iskander and Tolstoi: The Parodical Implications of the Beast Narrator,” Slavic and East European Journal (Summer 1988), pp. 225-236.
  • “Stylistic Devices in Post-Stalin Soviet Satire,” Proceedings of the Summer 1986 University of Oregon Intensive Workshop in Chinese and Russian (1987), pp. 201-223. Republished in Proceedings of the Summer 1986 University of Oregon Intensive Workshop in Chinese and Russian (New York: Peter Lang, 1990).
  • “The Figure of Isaac Babel' in Twentieth-Century Memoirs,” Russian Language Journal (Fall 1984), pp. 143-158.