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Russian & East European Languages and Literatures

Edyta Bojanowska

Bojanowska600Edyta M. Bojanowska
Director, Russian and East European Program
Associate Professor
Russian and Comparative Literature
Ph.D., Harvard University

195 College Avenue, room 201
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-4024
Main Office: 732-932-7201
Fax: 732-932-1111
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Fall 2015 Office Hours: Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm or by appointment

Research Interests:

19th century Russian literature and intellectual history, empire and nation in Russian culture, post-colonial studies, history of globalization, ideology, travel writing, journalism and serialization, intertextuality, reception studies, theories of the spatial turn, Central European literatures, especially Polish


Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014-2015

ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship, in residence at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, 2013-2014

The Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, 2012

Rutgers University SAS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Edutation, 2012

MLA Scaglione Prize for the Best Book in Slavic Studies, 2007-2008, awarded for Nikolai Gogol: Between Ukrainian and Russian Nationalism (Harvard Univ. Press, 2007)

Harvard University Society of Fellows, 2003-2006



Nikolai Gogol: Between Ukrainian and Russian Nationalism (Harvard Univ. Press, 2007). MLA’s Scaglione Prize for the best Book in Slavic Studies, 2009. Ukrainian translation 2013. 


“A Ticket to Europe: Collections of Ukrainian Folk Songs and Their Russian Reviewers, 1820s-1830s,” forthcoming in Ukraine and Europe: Cultural Alternatives, Encounters, and Negotiations, Giovanna Brogi Bercoff, Marko Pavlyshyn, Serhii Plokhii, eds., University of Toronto Press (expected 2016).

"Writing the Russian Reader into the Text: Gogol, Turgenev, and their Audiences" Reading in Russia. Practices of Reading and Literary Communication, 1760-1930, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds. (Milan: Di/Segni, 2014), 129-142.

“Chekhov's The Duel, or How to Colonize Responsibly,” Chekhov for the 21st Century, Carol Apollonio and Angela Brintlinger, eds., (Bloomington: Slavica, 2012) 31-48.

“Empire by Consent: Strakhov, Dostoevsky, and the Polish Uprising of 1863,” Slavic Review 71.1 (2012): 1-24.

Review of From the Shadow of Empire: Defining the Russian Nation through Cultural Mythology, 1855-1870 by Olga Maiorova (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2010), The Russian Review 70.3 (2011): 519-520.

“Nikolai Gogol, 1809-1852” in Stephen Norris and Willard Sunderland, eds., Russia’s People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 2012) 159-167.

“Equivocal Praise and National-Imperial Conundrums: Gogol’s ‘A Few Words About Pushkin,’” Canadian Slavonic Papers (an anniversary volume on Gogol), 51.2-3 (2009): 173-196.

E Pluribus Unum: Isaac Babel’s ‘Red Cavalry’ As a Story Cycle,” Russian Review 59 (2000): 371-89.

“Wislawa Szymborska: Naturalist and Humanist,” Slavic and East European Journal 41 (1997): 199-223. Reprints: Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 190. Detroit: Gale Research Co., August, 2004; and in Poetry for Students, vol. 27. Detroit: Gale Research Co., November, 2007.

Work in Progress:

Book project: The Colonial World through Russian Eyes. Under contract with Harvard University Press.

Book project: Empire and the Russian Classics. Under contract with Harvard University Press.

Courses Taught at Rutgers:


The World According to Gogol (860:329/195:397:02)
Tolstoy's War and Peace (860:486/195:480), satisfies Core Curriculum req.
Empire in Russian Culture (860:334/195:334)
Love and Death in the Russian Short Story (860:322/195:356), satisfies Core Curriculum req.
Conmen, Gamblers, and Radicals: The Russian 19th Century (860:259), satisfies Core Curriculum req.
Russian Novel in the 20th Century (860:328/195:352)
Imperial Nations and Their Fictions (Honors Seminar, 090:251)
Tolstoy (860:331), satisfies Core Curriculum req.
Two Times Two Is Five: Rationality and Irrationality in Russian Literature (860:320/195:397)
Contemporary Polish Literature (787:350/195:396:02/563:396:01)
Honors in Russian (860:497)


Space and Place in Modern Theory and Fiction (16:195:608)
Nation and Empire in British, Russian and American 19th Century Fiction (16:195:604)

Contact Us


German House
172 College Ave.
New Brunswick,
NJ 08901

P  732-932-7201
F  732-932-1111 
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