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David J. Birnbaum

Department Chair

Degree: Ph.D., Harvard University

Specialties: Humanities computing, particularly the computer processing of medieval Slavic manuscripts. Slavic linguistics, particularly diachronic and synchronic phonology and morphology. Medieval Slavic texts.

Representative Publications: The Povest' vremennykh let: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis (2003, assoc. ed.), Computer-Assisted Analysis and Study of the Structure of Mixed-Content Miscellanies (2003), Computational Approaches to the Study of Early and Modern Slavic Languages and Texts (2002, ed. with Anisava Miltenova and Sarah Slevinski), The Relationship Between General and Specific DTDs: Criticizing TEI Critical Editions (2001), Designing a Russian Fairy Tales Course (2001, with Suzanne Daly, Helena Goscilo, Julia Sagaidak Houkom, John Kachur, Gerald McCausland, Alexander Prokhorov, Petre Petrov, Irina Reyn, Dawn Seckler, and Benjamin Sutcliffe), Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and SGML: Problems and Perspectives (2000, ed. with Anisava Miltenova), A TEI-Compatible Edition of the Rus' Primary Chronicle (2000), Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Processing of Medieval Slavic Manuscripts (1995, ed., with Andrej Bojadziev, Milena Dobreva, and Anisava Miltenova), The Problem of Anomalous Data (1999, with David Mundie), Using the TEI Writing System Declaration (WSD) (1999, with Mavis Cournane and Peter Flynn).

Courses Regularly Taught: Russian Fairy Tales, Literature of Medieval Rus'.

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Nancy Condee

Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies (1995-)
Director of Graduate Studies

Degree: Ph.D., Yale University

Specialties: Contemporary Russian culture and cultural politics; Soviet cultural politics; late Soviet and post-Soviet cinema; imperial and postcolonial theory; popular culture.

Representative Publications: Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late 20th Century Russia (1994, ed) and Endquote: Literary Sots-Art and Soviet Grand Style (2000, ed with Marina Balina and Evgeny Dobrenko). Articles in The Nation, October, New Formations, New Left Review, Washington Post, Stanford Slavic Studies, Framework, Sight and Sound. Executive Producer of a CD-rom database on Soviet Thaw cinema, Kino ottepeli (Artima Studio, 2002). "Körperzeichnungen: Der Zusammenbruch des Kommunismus" in Berliner Debatte Initial 13: 1 (2002): 71-88. "Uncles, Deviance, and Ritual Combat: The Cultural Codes of Khrushchev's Thaw" in The Khrushchev Era: A Reappraisal. Ed. William Taubman, Sergei Khrushchev, and Abbott Gleason. New Haven: Yale UP, 2000. 160-76. “No Glory, No Majesty, or Honor: The Russian Idea and Inverse Value" in Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. Ed. Birgit Beumers. London: I. B. Tauris, 1999. 25-33. "Les cinemas russe et sovietique" in Cinemas d'Europe du Nord: de Fritz Lang à von Trier>. Ed. Lucy Lean. Tr. Guillaume Villeneuve. Paris: Arte Editions/Mille et une nuits, 1998. 247-55. "Konets stoletie?konets chernukhi?" in Iskusstvo kino 3-4 (1998): 169-70. "Vse bani-zhenskie bani" in Iskusstvo kino 5 (1997): 76-81. "The Relentless Cult of Novelty, or How to Wreck the Century: Rethinking Soviet Studies" in Beyond Soviet Studies. Ed. Daniel Orlovsky. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Press, 1995. 289-304. Co-authored with Vladimir Padunov: "The ABC of Russian Consumer Culture: Readings, Ratings, and Real Estate" in Soviet Hieroglyphics. Kondi, Nensi i Vladimir Padunov. "Proigrannyi rai: Ruletka sotsializma, rynochnyi determinizm i postmodernizm po obiazatel'oi programme" in Iskusstvo kino 9 (1992): 72-81. "Perestroika Suicide: Not By Bred Alone" in The Harriman Institute Forum 5.5 (January 1992). "Makulakul'tura ili vtorichnaia pererabotka kul'tury." Tr. F. and O. Urnovy. Voprosy literatury 1 (1991): 101-26. "The Cultural Combat Zone: Where is the DMZ?" in Soviet Union/Union Sovietique 15.2-3 (1988): 167-185. "Frontiers of Soviet Culture: Reaching the Limits?" in The Harriman Institute Forum 1.5 (1988): 1-8. "Soviet Cultural Politics and Cultural Production" in IREX Occasional Papers 2 (1987): 1-21.

Courses Regularly Taught: Empire and Nation; Stalin Cinema; Russian Culture.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5706

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Helena Goscilo

Degree: Ph.D., Indiana University

Specialties: Contemporary Russian culture; Russian and Polish women's literature; early nineteenth-century narrative fiction; gender; nineteenth-century novel; Bakhtin; folklore.

Representative Publications: Lermontov's Vadim (1984, tr.); Russian and Polish Women's Fiction (1985, tr. & ed.); Nagibin's Peak of Success and Other Stories (1986, tr. & ed.); Balancing Acts (1989, tr. & ed.); Glasnost': New Soviet Prose (1990, co-ed and tr.), Wild Beach (1992, co-ed and tr.); Skirted Issues: The Discreteness and Indiscretions of Russian Women's Prose (1992, ed.); Fruits of her Plume (1994, ed.); Lives in Transit (1995, tr. & ed.); Dehexing Sex: Russian Womanhood Before and After Glasnost (1996); Russia*Women*Culture (1996, with Beth Holmgren); Kharitonov's Lines of Fate (1996, tr. & ed.); TNT: The Explosive World of Tatyana Tolstaya's Fiction (1996); A. Verbitskaya's Keys to Happiness (trans. and intro., with Beth Holmgren, 1999); Russian Culture of the 1990s (special issue of STCL) (2000); Shamara and Other Writings by Svetlana Vasilenko, ed. (2000); Studies in Slavic Cultures, Vol. 1-3 (2000-2002); Big-Buck Books: Pulp Fiction in Postsoviet Russia, The Harriman Review, Vol. 12, nos. 2-3 (Winter 1999/2000): 6-24; Novychleny i organy: Politika pronografii, Zhenshchina i vizual'nye znaki, ed. Anna Al'chuk (2000): 107-143; Vzryvoopasnyi mir Tat'iany N. Tolstoi (2000); Perestroika and Postsoviet Prose: From Dazzle to Dispersal, A History of Women's Writing in Russia, eds. A. Barker & J. Gheith (2002): 297-312; Playing Dead: the Operatics of Celebrity Funerals, or the Ultimate Silent Part, Imitations of Life: Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia, eds. Louise McReynolds & Joan Neuberger (2002): 283-319; Casting and Recasting the Caucasian Captive, Pushkin in the 20th Century, eds. Joe Andrew & Rober Reid (2002); Modeling the Paradoxes of Wisdom's Ways, The Novel/II Romanzo, ed. Franco Moretti (2002): 533-39; Zhivopisuia gender: sovremennoe zhensko iskusstvo, Iskusstvo zhenskogo roda/femme art (Tretyakov Gallery, 2002): 144-70 (with Elena Kornetchuk); Rozhdenie novykh russkikh: kartinki s vystavki, O muzhe(N)stvennosti, ed. S. Ushakin ( 2002): 504-31 (with Nadezhda Azhgikhina); Cosmetics--or Dying to Overcome Nature in an Age of Art and Artifice, Women and Gender in 18th--Century Russia ed. Wendy Rosslyn (2003): 73-104; The Italics are Hers: Matrophobia and the Family Romance in Elene Bonner's 'Mothers and Daughters,' The Russian Memoir. History and Literature, ed. Beth Holmgren (2003): 53-69; Politicizing Magic: From Russian to Soviet Wondertales (2004/5), with Marina Balina and Mark Lipovetsky.

Courses Regularly Taught: Graduate: The Novel; Bakhtin; Feminism and Contemporary Russian Women's Culture; Sentimentalism and Romanticism. Undergraduate: Vampire: Blood and Empire; Sci-fi; Russian Fairy Tales; 20th-Century Russian Art.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5908

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Jane Gary Harris

Undergraduate Advisor

Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University

Specialties: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian poetry; non-fictional prose (autobiography, the essay, the journal, and women's journalism); Acmeism; autobiography; poetics; Mandel'shtam; Lydia Ginzburg.

Representative Publications: Osip Mandelstam: The Complete Critical Prose and Letters (1979, 1991 ed. and tr.); Osip Mandelstam (1988); American Contributions to the 10th International Congress of Slavists (1988, ed.); Autobiographical Statements in 20th Century Russian Literature (1990, ed); Lydia Ginzburg: In Memoriam [Festschrift] (1994, ed.); Scholar, Writer, and Witness: Selected Writings of Lydia Ginzburg (ed. and tr.); New project: Women's Discourse and the Russian Pre-Revolutionary Periodical Press.

Courses Regularly Taught: Silver Age; 19th and 20th century Russian literature; Russian poetry; Russian language.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5708

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Vladimir Padunov

Associate Director, Film Studies Program

Degree: Ph.D., Cornell University

Specialties: Russian cultural and intellectual history; 19th- and 20th-century novel and novel theory; Dostoevsky; literary and critical theory; 20th-century drama; Russian visual and popular culture; history of Russo-Soviet film.

Representative Publications: Star Above Almaty: Kazakh Cinema Between 1998 and 2003 KinoKultura 1 (2004); On the Benefits of Cine-Lingualism Iskusstvo kino 11 (1998); Views of the Present As Visions of the Past Iskusstvo kino 10 (1996): 'Large Loose Baggy Monsters': The Poetics of Excess in Contemporary Russian Culture Iskusstvo kino 7 (1996).

Courses Regularly Taught: contemporary Russian culture; history of Russo-Soviet film; Dostoevsky; Tolstoy; proseminar.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5713

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Oscar Swan

Degree: Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Specialties: Polish and Russian linguistics; Old Church Slavic; syntactic and semantic theory; language pedagogy; materials development; Polish literature and culture.

Representative Publications: First Year Polish (1979; rev. 1982); A Concise Grammar of Polish (1978, rev. 1984); Intermediate Polish (1986); Bruno Shatyn's A Private War (1988, tr.); Beginning Slovak (1990, with S. Galova-Lorinc); In The Labyrinth (1993, advanced Polish textbook, with W. Oleksy); Forthcoming: Grammar of Contemporary Polish.

Courses Regularly Taught: Polish; Polish Short Story; Polish Literature and Culture; Old Church Slavic; Structure of Russian; Russian morphology.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5707

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Martin Votruba


Degrees: Ph.D. and PhDr., Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia; D.E.S., University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Specialties: Slovak studies -- language, history, literature, culture; Slovak and West Slavic linguistics; Communism and its collapse in Central Europe.

Representative Publications: "Trends in 20th Century Slovak Filmmaking," Slovakia Vol. 37; "Linguistic Minorities in Slovakia" (1998) in: Linguistic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe; A Slovak-English Contrastive Grammar (1976; revised edition 2000).

Courses Regularly Taught: A Cultural History of Slovakia; Slovak and Czech Cinema; A Survey of Slovak Literature and Culture; Slovak language.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5705

E-mail Address: votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu

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Lisa Di Bartolomeo

Degree: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Specialties: Polish and Russian literature, language, and culture; folklore; Eastern European cinema.

Representative Publications:"No Other Gods: Blue and Green in Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog 1," Studies in Slavic Cultures, February 2000.

Review of Paul Coates, ed., Lucid Dreams: The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski (Flicks Books, 1999), and Annete Insdorf, Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (Hyperion, 1999), in The Slavic and Eastern European Journal, Vol. 44, No. 4, Winter 2000.

"Ojczyzno moja [My Fatherland]. Andrzej Wajda's Pan Tadeusz: Adapting Polish Culture," to appear in The Films of Andzej Wajda: Irony and Defiance in Politics and Art, edited by John Orr and Elzbieta Ostrowska, forthcoming from Wallflower Press (London).

Courses Taught: Slavic 0660: Sci Fi: East and West, Russian Fairy Tales, Russian Fairy Tales (UESP course), Russian 0590: Formative Masterpieces of the Russian 19th Century, and Slavic 0880: Vampire: Blood and Empire


Vladimir Strukov

Degree: Ph.D., Voronezh State University

Specialties: Literary and cultural theory; postmodern and postcolonial theory; Russian post-Soviet culture; issues of national identity; contemporary media and popular culture

Representative Publications: (Re)Imagining the Self in the Cyber Space of Rusnet (forthcoming), AlieNation: Politics of Cultural Exclusion (forthcoming), Nationologemes: Essay on Contemporary British Culture (forthcoming), Aesthetics of P. Ackroyd's Writing: Considering British Postmodernism (2001), Principles of Study of the Problem of National Identity (2000), National Identity in Literary Criticism: Aspects of Terminology (2000), The Problem of National Identity and Principles of Cross-Cultural Communication (2001)

Courses Taught: Madness and Madmen in Russian Literature, Dostoevsky: The Major Novels, Fourth-year Russian


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