Current Research in Slavic literature

Comet wine and cabbages: Pastoral nostalgia and unraveling in Derzhavin, Pushkin, and Goncharov
Heather Smith Buckser, 2009
This dissertation examines the ; beatus ille; topos in three early Russian pastorals: Derzhavin's "To Eugene: Life at Zvanka," Pushkin's ; Eugene Onegin; , and Goncharov's ; Oblomov ; . This th...
Listening to the lyric voice
Jan Elaine Harris, 2008
The lyric genre is formally inverse, always challenging its audience's expectations of form. The lyric's tendency toward formal inversion begins at its inception. The lyric claims two antecedents: ...
Art and politics in the Russian satirical press, 1905--1908
Oleg Minin, 2008
The principal subject of inquiry in this dissertation is the satirical press of the First Russian Revolution, 1905-1906. The politically polarized satirical journals of this period are looked at as...
On the paths of the soul: Stanislaw Przybyszewski and the Russian stage. The cases of Vera Komissarzhevskaia and Vsevolod Meierkhol'd (1900--1910)
Michael D. Johnson, 2008
This dissertation inquires into the impact of the controversial Polish dramatist, essayist, and novelist Stanislaw Przybyszewski on the theatrical innovations of two great Russian actor-directors o...
Scenes of belonging: Cinema and the nationality question in Soviet Ukraine during the long 1960s
Joshua J. First, 2008
This dissertation examines the aesthetics of Soviet cinema and the politics of filmmaking in Soviet Ukraine during the 1960s as a lens through which to view the mechanisms of defining and represent...
Melodramatic scenarios and modes of marginality: The poetics of Anton Chekhov's early drama and of fin-de-siecle Russian popular drama
Mila B. Shevchenko, 2008
The dissertation explores the poetics of Chekhov's early drama, a selection of his prose, and some of the popular, but now little known dramatists writing concurrently with Chekhov: L. Antropov, Ip...
Whose Bosnia?: National movements, imperial reforms, and the political re-ordering of the late Ottoman Balkans, 1840--1875
Edin Hajdarpasic, 2008
This dissertation explores the political re-ordering of the Ottoman Balkans during the nineteenth century by investigating the emergence of the South Slavic national movements and the remaking of t...
Beside the point: Places in Nabokov's "The Gift"
Peter-John Thomas, 2008
This dissertation is devoted to the habits of thought embodied in Vladimir Nabokov's last Russian novel, ; The Gift; . Nabokov is famous for creating intricate verbal structures which, however, re...
Adulterous nations: Family politics and national identity in the European novel
Tatiana Kuzmic, 2008
The dissertation examines the figure of the adulterous heroine of the nineteenth-century European novel as a symbol of national anxieties. The gendering of a nation or a nation-like collectivity as...
Literary dimensions of national identity: The historical novel of the late Soviet period (1960s--1980s)
Volodymyr A. Chumachenko, 2008
The dissertation examines the changes that took place in the popular and ideologically "safest" genre of historical novel in the post-Stalin period in two Soviet literatures, Russian and Ukrainian....
Secularism and its discontents: Religion and modernity through the eyes of Maxim Gorky and Vasily Rozanov
Erich Douglas Lippman, 2007
This dissertation analyzes the interplay of two specific groups in the context of the attempts at synthesis of religion and modernity in turn-of-the-century Russia. The two groups are collectively ...
Beyond the Napoleonic principle: Two modes of language use as bilingualism in Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
Karin Beck, 2007
This dissertation analyzes the bilingual character of ; War and Peace; in the context of Tolstoy's philosophy of language, Austin's Speech Act Theory, and Derrida's concept of Performativity. I ...
Ghost images: Representations of second-generation memory in contemporary children's literature
Anastasia Maria Ulanowicz, 2007
Ghost Images: Representations of Second-Generation Memory in Contemporary Children's Literature,; studies how texts produced for and about children represent the child's unique capacity to rememb...
Intermediacy: A poetics of unfreedom in interwar Russian, Polish, and Czech literatures
Benjamin Barnaby Paloff, 2007
This dissertation examines the problem of in-between-ness, or intermediacy, in relation to the construction of freedom in interwar Russian, Polish, and Czech literatures. Responding to Bergson, Hus...
Gogol's play with multiple addressees: Society vaudeville and satirical comedy in "The Inspector General"
Inna Galperina, 2007
Gogol's ; The Inspector General; is of central importance to the development of 19; th; -century Russian comedy. Soviet, Russian, and Western scholars all agree that Gogol's plays represent the ...
Nostalgia for the absolute: Soviet writers in search of transcendence
Yuliya Minkova, 2007
This dissertation investigates how the Romantic perception of writing enriched by the logocentric culture of Russian modernism prompted Mandelstam, Platonov, and Bitov to use language as a stage wh...
The poetry and thought of Gennady Aigi
Sarah Valentine, 2007
This dissertation, ; The Poetry and Thought of Gennady Aigi,; chronicles Aigi's (1934-2006) development from a regional poet working mostly in Russian-Chuvash translation to a leading figure of t...
The underside of politics: Postmodernism, political mythology and the Cold War
Sorin Radu Cucu, 2007
This dissertation discusses the political implications of postwar novels from both sides of the infamous Iron Curtain, focusing on the critical engagement of these fictional texts with two of the k...
Fantasy, irony, and the grotesque: E. T. A. Hoffmann and Russian modernist theatre, 1910--1922
Dassia Nadezhda Posner, 2007
In Russia's early twentieth century, many avant-garde directors created theatre that depicted the world subjectively rather than simply reproducing life. A major inspiration on the theoretical unde...
Resilient revelations: Apocalyptic fiction in the Soviet 1920s
Clairon C. Palmer, 2007
This dissertation investigates the nature of apocalyptic fiction in the first Soviet decade. In my Introduction, I consider the secondary or underground status that apocalyptic thought assumed duri...