Edith W. Clowes

Professor at KU (1999 - 2012)
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Curriculum Vitae

Degree: Ph.D., Yale

Position: Professor; Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Teaching interests: Late 19th- and 20th-c. Russian literature and culture, post-Soviet literature and culture, beginning Czech, introduction to Czech culture, Literature and Totalitarianism in Central Europe, Utopia and Modernity, Borders between Fiction and Philosophy, Biblical Themes in Modern Russian Literature

Research interests: Intersections between literature and philosophy, intellectual history, comparative literature (especially German and Russian), literary and cultural theory

Selected recent publications (since 2001)

2011 book: Russia on the Edge. Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity Cornell University Press.

2011 article: "Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, and the Orthodox Legacy in Stalin’s Time," Rossiia i zapad (Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2011), 207-225.

2010 encyclopedia article: "Russia (20th Century)." The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Peter Melville Logan (ed). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2010, vol. 2, 716-726.

2010 article: "Looking for Miracles: Akhmatova, Pasternak, and the Orthodox Legacy," Modern Greek Studies (U. Minnesota), volumes 26-27, 2010-2011, 1-23.

2008 Introduction to forum: "Gorky and Godbuilding," Modern Greek Studies (U. Minnesota), volumes 24-25, 2008-2009, 1-9.

2008 article: "Russia’s Deconstructionist Westernizer: Mikhail Ryklin between Moscow and Berlin," Landshaft (web-based journal, 1 (Winter, 2008), 17 pp.

2007 book chapter: "Groundlessness: Nietzsche and Russian Concepts of Tragic Philosophy." Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic. Edited M. A. Frese. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 126—137.

2007 book chapter: "Traditsiia "Vekh" v pozdnee sovetskoe vremia." Sbornik statei "Iz-pod glyb" A. I. Solzhenitsyna i esse G. S. Pomerantsa," Sbornik "Vekhi" v kontekste russkoi kul"tury. Moscow: Nauka, 264—271.

Selected grants

External: ACLS, NEH Summer, NEH Fellowship for University Teachers, NEH Conference Grant, DAAD, IREX, Fulbright-Hays, Kennan Short-Term, ITT

Internal: Hall Center for the Humanities, GRF Summer Research

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