Ksana Blank

Senior Lecturer
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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Office Location: 
248 East Pyne

PhD in Russian Literature (Columbia University, 1997)
BA in French Literature (St. Petersburg State University, 1979)

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.

Current Project: 

I am currently working on a project on Nikolai Gogol. 

Courses Taught: 

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)
  • Pushkin and His Time

Graduate courses taught:

  • Russian Language Pedagogy
  • Tolstoy
  • Stylistics
  • Academic Russian
  • Topics in Russian Philosophy: Religious Dilemmas in Three Major Novelists

Authored Books: 

Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts book cover
Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts

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...

Academic Studies Press, 2016

Dostoevsky's Dialectics and the Problem of Sin book cover
Dostoevsky's Dialectics and the Problem of Sin
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2010.

Selected Articles: 

 "St. Andrew of Crete and Dostoevsky's Great Sinners." 
Aspects of Dostoevsky’s Poetics in the Context of Literary-Cultural Dialogues. Ed. Katalin Kroó, Géza S. Horváth, and Tünde Szabó, Dostoevsky Monographs, a Series of the International Dostoevsky Society, Vol. 3. Sankt-Peterburg: Dmitrii Bulanin, 2011, 255–268.

Алеша Карамазов: художественное правдоподобие версии цареубийствa" [“Alexey Karamazov: Artistic Credibility of the Regicide Scenario”] 
Almanach “The Second Navigation”, ed. M. Blumenkranz, München, Germany, 2011, 182–200.

陀思妥耶夫斯基的整体结构:巴赫金的对话理论和阴阳图 [The Structure of the Whole in Dostoevsky: Bakhtinian Dialogue and the Tai Chi Diagram]. Trans. into Chinese by Shi Yuemei and Liu Wenfei. 
The Survey of Russian Culture. Comparative Literature & World Literature. Beijing Normal University. Vol.4 (2010), 171-185.

"«Где я и на чем я лежу?» Заключение к «Исповеди» Толстого."
Русская литература, №4 (2010): 45-52.

"Иеротопия Достоевского и Толстого" ["Hierotopy of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy"].  
Hierotopiia: sravnitel'nye issledovaniia sakral’nykh prostranstv. Ed. Alexey Lidov.Moscow: Indrik, 2009, 323-340.

"The Rabbit and the Duck: Antinomic Unity in Dostoevskij, the Russian Religious Tradition, and Mikhail Bakhtin."
Studies in East European Thought (a thematic issue devoted to "Dostoevskij's Significance for Philosophy and Theology"). Vol. 50, No. 1 (2007): 21-37.

"Путем зерна: мотив элевсинских мистерий в романе 'Братья Карамазовы'." ["'By Way of a Grain': the Motif of Eleusinian Mysteries in The Brothers Karamazov"]. 
in Word, Music, History: A Festschrift for Caryl Emerson. Eds. Lazar Fleishman, Gabriella Safran, and Michael Wachtel. Stanford Slavic Studies, 2005. 416-432.

"Listening to the Other: Bakhtin's Dialogues with Religion, Cultural Theory, and the Classics."
Review of Bakhtin and religion: A Feeling for Faith (ed. by Susan M. Felch and Paul J. Contino), Bakhtin and Cultural Theory (ed. by Ken Hirschkop and David Schepherd), and Bakhtin and the Classics (ed. by R. Bracht Branham).  
in The Slavic and East European Journal. Vol.47, No.2 (Summer 2003), 283-291.

"Мышкин и Обломов". ["Myshkin and Oblomov."] 
Roman F.M. Dostoevskogo "Idiot": Sovremennoe sostoianie izucheniia/ Ed. T. Kasatkina. Moscow: 2000. 472-481.

"Петербург, Крым и миф вечного возвращения: 'Машенька' и 'Евгений Онегин'." ["Petersburg, Crimea, and the Myth of the Eternal Return: Mary and Eugene Onegin."] 
in Pushkin i Nabokov: materialy mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii. St. Petersburg: Dorn, 1999. 139-145.

"На рассвете шестнадцатого числа весеннего месяца нисана: апофатизм романа 'Мастер и Маргарита'". ["In the Morning on the Sixteenth of the Spring Month of Nisan: Apophatism in The Master and Margarita."] 
in Mikhail Bulgakov na iskhode XX veka: materialy vos'mykh mezhdunarodnykh Bulgakovskikh chtenii v S.-Peterburge. Biblioteka Sankt-Peterburgskogo Bulgakovskogo Obshchestva. Series. Vol. 2. Eds. A.A. Ninov, A.A. Grubin and A.S. Burmistrov. St. Petersburg: Russian Institute of the History of Arts, 1999. 134-44.

"О 'Лолите' Набокова". ["On Nabokov's Lolita."] 
in Nabokovskii Vestnik. Peterburgskie Chteniia. Ed. V. Stark. Sankt–Peterburgskii muzei V.V. Nabokova/"Dorn", Vyp. 1. (1998): 101–109.

 "По заколдованным местам Гоголя." ["Visiting Gogol's Bewitched Places."] 
in Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. No. 11 (1995): 177-180.