Maxwell Parlin

Postgraduate Research Associate

BA, Russian, Duke University (2015) 

MA, Russian Literature and Culture, Princeton University (2017)

PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University (2022)


Year Begun: 2015

Research Interests



My research explores the confluence of literature, philosophy, and religion. Specific areas of interests include: 19th-century Russian literature, especially Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and their comparison; Kierkegaard and Existentialism; and “Athens and Jerusalem,” or Hellenism and Hebraism. My dissertation, “Dostoevsky via Kierkegaard: Interrelations of the Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious,” interprets Dostoevsky’s major fiction through the lens of Kierkegaard’s thought.




“Three Levs Nikolaevich: Tolstoy, Myshkin, Odoevtsev: Dostoevsky’s The Idiot in Light of Andrei Bitov’s Pushkin House.The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review 22.1 (2021): 124-49.


“From Phonetics to Philosophy: Pasternak’s Translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73.” Slavic and East European Journal 62.2 (2018): 401-418.