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My scholarly and teaching interests are wide-ranging, from studies on individual authors such as Andrei Bitov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Kharms, to broad interdisciplinary explorations of the psychology of culture, and the interplay between literature and the other arts. My focus is on the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century Russian novel; Soviet and post-Soviet Russian literature and culture; the study of literature in its historical context; literature and ideas; literature and art; literature and values; and literature and film.
Other Russian literature and culture related activities have included discussing Russian films (including Tarkovsky) on CUNY-TV; being literature and culture consultant for Princeton's McCarter Theater productions of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" and "Cherry Orchard," directed by Emily Mann; and creating and organizing a year-long series of lectures and events in connection with the 2006 exhibit on "Mir iskusstva," on loan, at the Princeton University Art Museum, from St.Petersburg's Russkii Muzei.
I also write fiction, memoirs, essays, and poetry.
This is the first book-length study of Andrei Bitov, one of contemporary Russia's most original writers. It plots his evolution from the post-Stalin years to his mature masterpieces of the glasnost era and assesses his place in the Russian and international literary tradition. Ellen Chances explores his themes, from the psychological effects of Stalin on Soviet society to universal questions such as the human being's relationship with nature, history and culture, and describes how his...