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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University
B.A., Princeton University
15 Seminary Place, Room 4121
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(848) 932-4082



Research Interests:

Professor Van Buskirk specializes in Russian prose of the Soviet period. Much of her research focuses on questions of self-writing, genre, and concepts of the self. She is interested in diaries, autobiographies, memoir, documentary prose, and their relationship to the novel; in relationships between personality concepts and literary character; in the dual process of narrative creation and self-construction; as well as in the variety of literary responses to life’s ethical challenges, particularly in relation to twentieth-century historical catastrophes.

Her research interests include the prose of Lydia Ginzburg; narratives of the Gulag (especially Varlam Shalamov); representations of war and siege; Russian Formalism; gender and sexuality; the culture of the thaw, and of perestroika; memory and history; selfhood and ethics. In addition to prose, she is also interested in Russian and Soviet film, poetry, and twentieth-century Czech literature and film.


School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education (Associate Professor level) (2017)

Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend 2013

Center for Cultural Analysis (Rutgers University), Faculty Fellowship (2010-2011)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (2008-2009)

Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (2007-2008)

Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2005-2006)

Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship (2005-2006)

V. M. Setchkarev Memorial Prize for Best Graduate Student Essay (2006)

FLAS Academic Year Scholarship (2003-2004 Czech, 2004-2005 Russian)

Harvard Fainsod Scholarship (2001-2002)

Fulbright Scholarship, Czech Republic (1998-1999)

Publications (selected):


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Lydia Ginzburg's Prose: Reality in Search of Literature
(Princeton University Press, 2016)







Edited Volumes:

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Lydia Ginzburg, Notes from the Blockade.  London, UK: Random House / Vintage Classics, 2016.  








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Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities.
 A volume of solicited articles and translations. Co-edited with Andrei Zorin. Peter Lang AG (2012).







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Lidiia Ginzburg, Prokhodiashchie kharaktery. Zapiski blokadnogo cheloveka. Proza voennykh let. (Passing Characters. Notes of a Blockade Person. Prose from the War Years.) Co-edited, commentary, index, articles, with Andrei Zorin. (Moscow, Novoe izdatel’stvo: January 2011).







“Poniat’ zhizn’ rodnogo cheloveka: L. Ginzburg o raskaianii v blokade” (“To Understand the Life of a Loved One: Ginzburg and Remorse in the Blockade”).  In Blokadnye narrativy: sbornik statei.  Edited by Polina Barskova and Riccardo Nicolosi.  Conference Volume.  Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2017.

"Lidiia Ginzburg i postindividualisticheskii chelovek" ("Lydia Ginzburg and the Post-individualist Person"). In History and Subjectivity in Russian (late 19th-20th centuries). Conference Volume. European University in St. Petersburg, 2013, 511-529.

“Varieties of Failure: Ginzburg’s Character Analyses from the 1930s and 1940s,” in Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities (2012).

Lidiia Ginzburg.  “Zapisi 50-60-kh godov” (“Notes from the 1950s-60s”), publication, introduction, commentaries, Seans (Séance) no. 51-52 (2012): 310-321.

Lidiia Ginzburg, “Prezumptsia sotsializma,” (“The Presumption of Socialism,”) publication, commentary, and  introductory article “Ginzburg i perestroika” (“Ginzburg and Perestroika”), with Andrei Zorin, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 116 (2012).

“Recovering the Past for the Future: Guilt, Memory, and Lidiia Ginzburg’s Notes of a Blockade Person,” Slavic Review 69. 2 (Summer 2010): 281-305.

“Lidiia Ginzburg on Elena Shvarts,” Slavonica 16. 2 (November 2010): 139-143.

Review of Pavel Brycz’s I, City in Slavic and East European Journal 53. 2 (Summer 2009).

“‘Nikto ne plachet nad tem, chto ego ne kasaetsia’: Chetvertyi ‘Razgovor o liubvi’ Lidii Ginzburg (podgotovka teksta, publikatsia i vstupitel’naia stat’ia Emily Van Buskirk. Perevod E. Kanishchevoi) (“‘No one cries over what doesn’t concern him’: Lidiia Ginzburg’s Fourth ‘Conversation about Love’”: text, publication, introductory article), Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 88 (2007):154-168.

“‘Samo-otstranenie’ kak eticheskii i esteticheskii printsip v proze L.Ia. Ginzburg” (“Self-distancing as an Ethical and Aesthetic Principle in the Prose of Lydia Ginzburg”), Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 81 (2006): 261-281.

Russian Formalism,” The Literary Encyclopedia, 4 December 2006. The Literary Dictionary Company.


"Review of Irina Sandomirskaia’s Blokada v slove: Ocherki kriticheskoi teorii i biopolitiki iazyka  (Blockade in the Word: Sketches of a critical theory and biopolitics of language).  Slavic Review 75.1 (Spring 2016).

"Fragmenty s otstupleniiami: Lidiia Ginzburg v nachale puti" ("Fragments with Digressions: Lydia Ginzburg at the Beginning of her Path"). Review of Stanislav Savitsky's Chastnyi chelovek: L.Ia. Ginzburg v kontse 1920-x—nachale 1930-x godov. Novoe literature obozrenie No. 128 (2014): 328-336.

Review of Pavel Brycz’s I, City in Slavic and East European Journal 53. 2 (Summer 2009).



Translations of Lydia Ginzburg’s essays “The Jewish Question,” “The State of Literature near the End of the War,” “Generation at a Turning Point.”  Co-translation (with Alyson Tapp) of “Conversations about Love.”  In Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities, 2012, 343-382.

Translations of poems by Czech authors Michal Ajvaz and Jana ŠtroblováEzra: an Online Journal of Translation, Spring 2007 Vol. I No. 1.

Courses Taught at Rutgers:


Stories of Russian Life: Memory, Invention, Experience (860:348) satisfies Core goals AH o, p; WC d
Russia's Wars on Page and Screen (860:349) satisfies Core goals WCr
Gender and Sexuality in Russian Literature (860:435, 195:395 and 988:435)
Love and Death in the Russian Short Story (860:322) satisfies Core goals AH o, p; WCd
Reading Russian Literature in Russian (860:315)
Russian Literature and Revolution (860:260) satisfies Core goal AH p
Literature Across Borders: Surveillance (195:201) satisfies Core goals AH o, p
Post-war Czechoslovak Culture: Literature and Film (861:455 and 195:480:02)
SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: Stories of the Self (090:292:02)


Russian Literary Theory: Formalism, Bakhtin, Ginzburg, Lotman (16:195:617:01)
Self Writing (16:195:516:02)

You can learn more about Prof. Van Buskirk in the following video from Fall 2016, when she was featured in the Rutgers Tab.  The video, made by Sam Vladimirsky (Rutgers Class of 2020), is part of a series he calls "Awesome Humans."    

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