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My scholarly and teaching interests have been focused on two major fields: language (advanced Russian, the history of Russian literary language, stylistics) and literature (Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, and Nabokov).
I have published two books and a number of articles on nineteenth- and twentieth- century Russian writers. I am especially interested in interdisciplinary connections between literature and other fields, such as music, visual arts, folklore, and religious philosophy.
I am currently working on a project on Nikolai Gogol.
Undergraduate courses taught:
Dostoevsky Module (“Princeton-in-Petersburg”)
Advanced Russian Reading and Conversation I and II
Advanced Russian through Film
Advanced Russian through History and Culture
The Russian Short Story
Russian for Heritage Speakers
Russian Literature and Spirituality (Freshman Seminar)
Graduate courses taught:
Russian Language Pedagogy
Topics in Russian Philosophy: Religious Dilemmas in Three Major Novelists
In the six essays of this book, Ksana Blank examines affinities among works of nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature and their connections to the visual arts and music. Blank demonstrates that the borders of authorial creativity are not stable and absolute, that talented artists often transcend the classifications and paradigms established by critics. Featured in the volume are works by Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabokov, Daniil Kharms, Kazimir...