Maxwell Parlin

Ph.D Candidate
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BA, Russian, Duke University (2015) 

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

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; Shakespeare; “Athens and Jerusalem,” namely the relation of epic, tragedy, and reason to faith; and the Bible and Christianity. My dissertation, “Dostoevsky in Light of Kierkegaard: Interrelations of the Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious,” interprets Dostoevsky’s major fiction through the lens of Kierkegaard’s thought, particularly his elaborate formulation of existence-spheres. 


 “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): 122-46. 

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