Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures


Irene Masing-Delic
Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University, Research Professor, The University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill


Docent, Stockholm University, Sweden, 1974
Ph.D. Stockholm University, Filosofie doktor, 1971
M.A. Stockholm University, 1965
B.A. Uppsala University, 1961

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My research areas are Russian literature of the fin-de-siecle (prose and poetry), early Soviet literature and two of the major classics of the 19th century: Turgenev and Dostoevsky. A recent interest is Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian novels. I hope to collect the 5-6 articles on him that I have written (and published) and combine them with some I am currently working on, hoping to eventually produce a book on the “Eurydice-theme” in his writing. I publish in a broad variety of journals both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Recent Publications

“The ‘Overcoat’ of Nabokov’s Luzhin. Defense as Self-Destruction. Partial Answers, vol. 17/1. 2017.

“Martin Edelweiss’s Quest for Glory, Guided by Prospero and Other Wizards.” Scando-Slavica: Tomus 60:1, 2014 (pp.28-54).

“Nabokov’s Mary as a Tragicomedy of Errors and Homage to Blok.” SEEJ: vol. 57, nr. 3, 2013 (pp. 424-449).

“Black Blood, White Roses: Apocalypse and Redemption in Blok’s Later Poetry,” chapter in Shapes of Apocalypse, Arts and Philosophy in Slavic Thought, edited by Andrea Oppo, Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013 (pp. 134-153); also published in Italian: “Sangue Nero, Rose Bianche: Apocalisse e Redenzio nelle Ultime Poesie di Blok,” Figure dell’Apocalisse, Arte e Filosofia nel Pensiero Slavo, edited by Andrea Oppo, Cagliari: Pontificia Facolta Teologica della Sardegna, 2013 [book chapter].

“Wagner, Lang and Mythopoeic Muddle in Nabokov’s Pnin,” SEEJ, 56: 3, 2012.

“Replication or Recreation? The Eurydice Motif in Nabokov’s Russian Oeuvre,” Russian Literature, LXX-III, 2012 (pp. 391-415).

Additional Information

I have soon for five years been the Editor of Slavic and East European Journal; I see this work as my major “service to the profession” contribution.