Russian literature of the Soviet period and Soviet film have been the principal objects of my research for over twenty years. I have published articles and book chapters on the work by Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Bakhtin, Lidiia Ginzburg, Andrei Platonov, Konstantin Vaginov, and Nikolai Zabolotskii. My special interest is writing at the margins of literature, such as notebooks, diaries, and writing by non-professional authors. I have done work on film by Dziga Vertov and Kira Muratova, documentaries by Gerz Frank, Sergei Loznitsa, Artavazd Peleshyan, Iuris Podnieks, Mikhail Slutskii, and others. My approach is based on the categories of Soviet modernity, Stalinist modernization, Soviet cultural production, politics, subjectivity, and body. I focus on the affective aspect of modernity, its discontinuous time and existential crises, when individual experience collides with the totalizing Weltanschauungen of the modern state and the destructive power of modern technology.
I am currently working on a project about Soviet theories and practices of cultural heritage preservation. My interest lies at the crossroads of time, memory, and representation, in the specific conditions of Soviet historical and aesthetic doctrines. Objects proclaimed to represent value as cultural heritage interest me in the way they materially embody these doctrines, in the form of policies, institutions, and objects, all of which both confirm and undermine the discourse of the appropriated and instrumentalized past.
Graduate courses in cultural studies and critical theory, introductory courses in aesthetics and discourse analysis; post-graduate courses in language, culture, and philosophy; post graduate/advanced seminar in early Russian theory.