Dispatches from Kyrgystan from Russian Major Mikaela Peters

Russian major Mikaela Peters is studying abroad in this year in Kyrgystan, and received a scholarship from SRAS (School of Russian and Asian Studies) to write about her experiences there. She has written several articles published on the SRAS site and newsletter. You can view all of Mikaela's articles by clicking here. Below are links to a few of her articles:

We are excited to welcome Professor Pavel Khazanov to the department!

We are excited to welcome Professor Pavel Khazanov to the department! He joined the department in Fall 2018.

Rutgers profile picPavel Khazanov comes to Rutgers University from the European University Institute, where he was a postdoctoral Max Weber Fellow in History and Civilization. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MA in Continental Philosophy from the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy (currently based at Kingston University in London), as well as a BA in English from UCLA. He researches late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian culture, with a focus on the ideology of the Russian intelligentsia between the 1950s and today. He is especially interested in studying the interpretation of concepts like socialism, liberalism and nationalism among Russian elites and their audiences, and how these ideas influenced literature, criticism, film and art of the 20thand the 21stcentury. His book project, A Russia That We Have Lost: The History and Politics of Recalling the Pre-Soviet Past examines how inventive recollections of the pre-Revolutionary past allowed late Soviet intellectual leaders and their followers to define themselves and articulate a political horizon that ended up shaping the post-Soviet era. He also studies the Soviet discourse on humanist subjectivity, with special attention to the Stalin decades and the post-Stalin ‘Thaw.’ His work has been published in The Russian Review, The Pushkin Reviewand elsewhere. In 2019-2020, he will offer several courses on Soviet/Post-Soviet cultural history and literature, as well as Russian émigré literature.

Introducing our new faculty member, Professor Chloë Kitzinger

We are pleased to welcome Professor Chloë Kitzinger to the department in Fall 2017! 

KitzingerChloë Kitzinger comes to Rutgers University from Princeton, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and a lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Humanistic Studies. She completed her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an MA from the Middlebury School of Russian and a BA in Philosophy from Yale. Her research and teaching interests center on nineteenth and twentieth century Russian literature, particularly the Russian and European novel, literary theory, and intersections between philosophy and literature. Her work has been published in Slavic and East European Journal, Nabokov Studies, and elsewhere. Her book manuscript in progress, Mimetic Lives, discusses Tolstoy’s and Dostoevsky’s novels as uniquely rich ground for addressing two underexplored questions: how is the impression of autonomously “living” characters created, distributed, and sustained throughout a novel, and what are the outer limits of this illusion’s power to educate or transform a novel’s readers? She has taught courses on Russian and European literature, Russian language, and academic writing. At Rutgers this year she will offer courses on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Gender and Sexuality in Russian Literature.

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