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Reading Backwards

Muireann Maguire
Timothy Langen

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1 Michael Bowden is a postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Leeds. His dissertation topic explores Dostoevsky’s influence over novels by J. M. Coetzee, David Foster Wallace and Atiq Rahimi, with a particular focus on the ethical implications of the polyphonic novel form. He received his BA and MA from the University of Manchester.

2 David Gillespie taught Russian to BA and MA students at the University of Bath, UK, from 1985 to 2016, when he retired as Professor of Russian Studies. He also taught Russian language to UK Ministry of Defence interpreters on a part-time basis at the University of Bristol from 1986 until 2011. He is currently Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Tomsk State University, and Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. He has published ten monographs, including Iurii Trifonov: Unity through Time (1993), and Russian Cinema (2003); over seventy peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles, and presented over 100 papers at conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Croatia and Russia. He recently completed editing and updating the fourth edition of Terence Wade’s definitive A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, xxxiii + 601 pp., published by Wiley-Blackwell (USA and UK) in May 2020. He is currently working on a monograph (A History of Russian Literature on Film), to be published by Bloomsbury in 2023.

3 Marina Korneeva gained her Candidate of Sciences degree in 2018 and is currently studying for her doctorate in foreign language teaching methodology at Tomsk State University. Since 2017 she has published over twenty peer-reviewed articles. Her monograph, based on her Candidate of Sciences thesis Teaching Foreign Languages to Students of Applied Mechanics through the Case Study Method, will be published by Tomsk University Press in 2021.

4 Timothy Langen teaches Russian language, literature, and cultural history at the University of Missouri. His research interests include the writings of Nikolai Gogol, Andrey Bely, and Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, and the intellectual history of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russia. He is author of The Stony Dance: Unity and Gesture in Andrey Bely’s “Petersburg” (2005) and co-editor and co-translator, with Justin Weir, of Eight Twentieth-Century Russian Plays (2000).

5 Muireann Maguire lectures in Russian Literature at the University of Exeter, UK. She is the principal researcher on ‘RusTrans, The Dark Side of Translation: 20th and 21st Century Translation from Russian as a Political Phenomenon in the UK, Ireland, and the USA’ (2019–23), an academic project funded by the European Research Council. Her academic specializations include Gothic-fantastic literature, the fictional representation of pregnancy and childbirth, and the nineteenth-century Russian novel. Her book Stalin’s Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature was published by Peter Lang in 2012. She has published articles on Russian literature in Modern Language Review, Slavic Review, the Slavonic and East European Review, and other journals.

6 Eric Naiman teaches Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology (1997) and Nabokov, Perversely (2010), as well as many articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature.

7 Steven Shankman holds the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace at the University of Oregon. His work in the Western classical tradition includes Pope’s Iliad: Homer in the Age of Passion (1983) and In Search of the Classic: Reconsidering the Classical Tradition, Homer to Valéry and Beyond (1994). His Penguin edition of Pope’s Iliad appeared in 1996. Some of his later scholarly work, including The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China (co-authored with Stephen Durrant, 2000) and Early China/ Ancient Greece: Thinking through Comparisons (co-edited by Stephen Durrant, 2002), compares classical traditions. He is a co-editor of The World of Literature (1999), an anthology of world literature from a global perspective, which contains some of his own poetic translations from Chinese, Greek, and Latin. His original poems have appeared in a number of journals including The Sewanee Review, Literary Imagination, Literary Matters, Poetica Magazine, and Tikkun Magazine. Two of his books that explore the work of Emmanuel Levinas are Other Others: Levinas, Literature, Transcultural Studies (2010) and Turned Inside Out: Reading the Russian Novel in Prison (2017).

8 Inna Tigountsova holds degrees in Romano-Germanic Philology and Translation (Russian/English/German/Polish) from the Federal Baltic State University (Kaliningrad) and in Mediaeval Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. She received her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto, held a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial University, and has taught in Canada, the US, and the UK. Her first book The Ugly in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky’s Influence on Iurii Mamleev, Liudmila Petrushevskaia, and Tatiana Tolstaia (2009) was well-reviewed, and her second—Death and Disorder: Dostoevsky in the Context of Petrushevskaia and Goethe—is under contract with Academic Studies Press’ Studies in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History series, edited by Galin Tihanov. She has also published in The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review; Modern Language Review; Slavic and East European Journal; Canadian Slavonic Papers; Ulbandus: The Slavic Review of Columbia University; Studies in Slavic Cultures; Canadian-American Slavic Studies, and elsewhere. Tigountsova’s translations include works by Dmitrii Prigov, Liudmila Petrushevskaia, and Alexander Piatigorsky.

9 Ilya Vinitsky is a Professor of Russian literature in the Slavic Department at Princeton University. His main fields of expertise are Russian Romanticism and Realism, the history of emotions, and nineteenth-century intellectual and spiritual history. His books include Vasily Zhukovsky’s Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia (2015), Ghostly Paradoxes: Modern Spiritualism and Russian Culture in the Age of Realism (2009) and A Cultural History of Russian Literature, co-written with Andrew Baruch Wachtel (2009). His most personal book, The Count of Sardinia: Dmitry Khvostov and Russian Culture (2017; in Russian) investigates the phenomenon of anti-poetry in the Russian literary tradition from the eighteenth through the twenty-first century and focuses on the literary biography and cultural function of the “king” of Russian poetasters, Count Dmitry Khvostov. Vinitsky is currently working on a book about the cultural values of forgers and mystifiers.

10 Svetlana Yefimenko is a PhD candidate in Russian Studies and Classics at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), researching Tolstoy’s diachronic reception of Homer. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Xanthos: A Journal of Foreign Literatures and Languages.


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