Associate Professor of Russian Literature
Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
Intellectual Biography & Awards
For many years, my research has been centered on Chekhov. While my latest book, Dew on the Grass: The Poetics of Inbetweenness in Chekhov (2010) explores the poetic dimension of this writer’s prose and drama, the current book project Chekhov after Chekhov examines the complex and often paradoxical posthumous life his legacy has taken over the course of time. My other areas of interest are Russian literature on stage and screen and post-Stalinist Russian poetry. In 2016, I received an Academic Excellence Award from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
“‘A bol’she nichego ne izvestno…’ (K poetike chekhovskikh pisem)” [“And Nothing Else Is Known…” (On the Poetics of Chekhov’s Letters)]. Chekhovskaia Karta Mira. Eds. A. A. Zhuravleva and V. B. Kataev. Moscow: Melikhovo, 2015, 404-419.
“‘Lyric Poetry… under Suspicion”: Vicissitudes of ‘Self-Expression’ in the 1950s” // The New Philological Bulletin # 35 (2015): 84-94.
“‘Put yourself in the place of a corncrake…’”: Chekhov’s Poetics of Reconciliation.” Chekhov for the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Carol Apollonio and Angela Brintlinger. Bloomington: Slavica, 2012, 197-210.
Frequently Taught Courses
- SLAV 086: Literature and Madness (FYS)
- RUSS 276: Mystery and Suspense in Russian Literature
- RUSS 277: Love, Sex, and Marriage in Soviet Culture
- RUSS 281: Russian Literature in World Cinema
- RUSS 445: 19th Century Russian Lliterature and Culture
- RUSS 450: The Russian Absurd
- RUSS 464: Dostoevsky
- RUSS 465: Chekhov
Undergraduate and Graduate Advising and Mentoring
- Lisa Stuntz, B.A., ‘13 – “Women in Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry: The Mother, the Lover, the Hag, and the Whore” (defended with highest honors)
- Erin Cowles, B.A., ’11 – “Flooded with Moonlight: Images of Light and Water within Chekhov’s ‘Little Trilogy’”(defended with highest honors)
- Yauheniya Spallino-Mironava, B.A., ’11 – “The Art of the Unspoken: The Typology of Pauses in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya” (defended with highest honors)
Master’s and Ph.D. Advising
- Jason Jones, – “The Concept of toska in Chekhov’s Short Stories” (M.A. Thesis in progress)
- Will Morgan, M.A. ‘13 – “Machines in Chekhov’s Fiction” (Thesis)
- Elena Clark, Ph. D., ’12 –“Sharp Rays of Thought: Psychological Conflict in the Poetry of E. A. Baratynsky” (Dissertation)
- Scott Morrison, M. A., ‘10 — “Rehabilitating Cornet Elagin” (Thesis)
- James Slater, M. A., ’09 – “Chess as a Key to Solving Nabokov’s Korol’, Dama, Valet” (Thesis)
For more about Dr. Lapushin, see his Curriculum Vitae.