Ph.D., UT Austin
C L F323 • Russian Myths And Folk Tales
82660 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am BUR 228
(also listed as ANT F325L, REE F325, RUS F330)
Designed to explore the rich folkloric traditions that for centuries have shaped Russian national identity, literature, music, visual arts, and film. We will examine the multiple facets of Russian folklore, including fairy tales, folk superstitions, and magical rituals, such as divination, that gave their participants the sense of control over their everyday life. In our survey of folk superstitions, we will identify the main supernatural beings of Slavic folklore (demons; household and nature spirits; revenants and shapeshifters) and explore how their Otherness was used for shaping normativity and defining cultural values.
Ivanits, Linda. Russian Folk Belief
Afanas'ev, Aleksandr, Russian Fairy Tales
Propp Vladimir, Morphology of the Folktale
- Class attendance and active participation 20%
- Twenty-minute group presentation 30%
- Short reaction paper to a work of literature, art, or film (2-3pgs) 20%
- Research paper (10-12pgs) 30%
[contributor] “Славянские вампиры в Техасе: задачи и методы вампироведения (“Slavic vampires in Texas: Issues and methods of vampire studies”). With Dr. Thomas Garza. Bibliotechnoe delo. no. 4 (214), 2014, pp. 16-20.
"Ностальгия по феям" ("Nostalgia for the Fairies").” Prishestvie Fei. Moscow: Salamandra P.V.V., 2010, pp. 158 – 206
[contributor] "Мотив вторгнення у свiдомiсть як чинник негативного досвiду міжкультурної взаємодії." (“The Motif of Invasion into Consciousness as a Factor in Negative Experience of Intercultural Interaction”). With Evgeniya Kantchura. Pitannya Literaturoznavstva. 79 (2010), pp. 171 – 179.
Невеста Субботы. (Nevesta Subboty). Moscow: AST, 2015. ISBN: 978-5-17-087719-5. (novel)
Джейн Остен и ее современницы. (Jane Austen i ee sovremennitsy). Co-authored with Elena Prokofieva. Saint-Petersburg: BHV, 2014. ISBN: 978-5-9775-3504-5. (biography)
Заговор призраков. (Zagovor prizrakov). Co-authored with Elena Prokofieva. Moscow: AST, 2014. ISBN: 978-5-17-079082-1. (novel)
Стены из хрусталя. (Steny iz khrustalya). Co-authored with Elena Avrutina. Moscow: Algoritm, 2014. ISBN: 978-5-4438-0637-2. (novel)
Длинная серебряная ложка. (Dlinnaya serebryanaya lozhka). Co-authored with Elena Avrutina. Moscow: Algoritm, 2013. ISBN: 978-5-4438-0579-5. (novel)
Недобрая старая Англия. (Nedobraya staraya Anglia). Saint-Petersburg: BHV, 2013. ISBN: 978-5-9775-0819-3. (non-fiction)
Жемчуг проклятых. (Zhemchug proklyatykh). Co-authored with Elena Prokofieva. Moscow: AST, 2012. ISBN: 978-5-271-44193-6. (novel)
Исторический путеводитель по Великобритании. (Istoricheskii putevoditel po Velikobritanii). Moscow: Veche, 2011. ISBN: 978-5-9533-5883-5. (non-fiction)
Суеверия викторианской Англии. (Sueveriya viktorianskoi Anglii). Co-authored with Natalia Kharsa. Moscow: Tsentrpoligraf, 2011. ISBN: 978-5-227-03021-4. (non-fiction)
Assistant Instructor of the Semester for Spring 2015. CREEES, UT Austin (2015)
Longlist for Russkaya Premiya. The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, Moscow, Russia (2015)
Professor of the Semester for Fall 2014, UT Senate of College Councils, UT Austin (2014)
Andre Lefevre Prize for MA Report, Comparative Literature Program, UT Austin (2014)
July 20, 2012 - Meeting with readers / book signing event. Moscow, Russia. Participated in the event organized by BHV publishing house in Moskovsky Dom Knigi bookstore.
June 25, 2015 - Meeting with readers / book signing event. Moscow, Russia. Participated in the event organized by BHV publishing house in Biblio-Globus bookstore.
Mar 28, 2015 - Lost in Translation? A Russian Language Professional Development Workshop. Austin, TX. Organized the workshop and presented a talk "Oral Translation: Tricks of the Trade."
Sep 27, 2014 - Rethinking Comparison: 11th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature. Austin, TX. Presented a paper “From Folklore to Literature: Rethinking the cChangeling Myth in Nadezhda Teffi’s ‘Vurdalak.’”
Sep 26, 2014 - Rethinking Comparison: 11th Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature. Austin, TX. Presented a paper “Using Modern Literary Tales to Teach Intermediate Russian.”
Mar 5, 2014 - Religion and Spirituality Brown Bag Series. UT Austin. Presented a talk "Witchcraft in Russian Culture."
Nov 15, 2012 - Boundary, Barrier and Border Crossing: Fourth-Fourth ASEEES Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA. Served as a discussant at the panel “Crossing into the Forbidden: Eroticism and Seduction in The Master and Margarita.”
Nov 9, 2012 - Death, Eros, and the Literary Enterprise: Sixty-Ninth Annual Convention of SCMLA. San Antonio, TX. Presented a paper “Witches, Devils, and Phallic Briefcases: Folklore and Gender in The Master and Margarita”
Oct 27, 2011 - Sources of Inspiration: Sixty-Eighth Annual Convention of SCMLA. Hot Springs, AR. Presented a paper “Soviet Witches: Female Body and Agency in Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita.”
Oct 28, 2010 - New Frontiers: Sixty-Seventh Annual Convention of SCMLA. Fort Worth, TX. Chaired the panel “Russian Literature: Open Topic”
Oct 2, 2010 - Intimacy: Technologies of Feeling and Fantasy: 7thAnnual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature. Austin, TX. Presented a paper “Desiring the Monster: Intimacy and the Abject in Nikolai Gogol’s ‘Viy’”
Apr 2, 2010 - Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms: ACLA Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Presented a paper “Salvation or Stagnation? Constructions of Childhood in The Brothers Karamazov”
Oct 30, 2009 - Continuities and Dis/Replacements: Sixty-Sixth Annual Convention of SCMLA. Baton Rouge, LA. Presented a paper “Between Vampyre and Upyr: The Vampiric Theme in Pushkin's Literary Legacy."
Oct 11, 2008 - 1968: a Global Perspective: 5thAnnual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature. Austin, TX. Presented a paper “From 1968 to 1825: Impact of the Prague Spring on Dissident Poetry.”