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Radislav Lapushin
Associate Professor of Russian Literature; Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies


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.

Recent Publications


“In Search of the True Chekhov: Approaches and Appropriations.” In Literary Biographies in the Lives of Remarkable People Series in Russia. Biography for the Masses. Eds. Carol Ueland and Ludmilla Trigoc. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2022, 169-188.


“Rosa na trave: Slovo u Chekhova,” trans. by the author (Boston/Saint-Petersburg: Academic Studies Press, 2021. [Contemporary Western Rusistika]), 252 pp. (revised and extended version of my book ‘Dew on the Grass’: The Poetics of Inbetweenness in Chekhov).


Chekhov’s Letters: Biography, Context, Poetics. Edited by Carol Apollonio and Radislav Lapushin. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018.


“‘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.

“The Poetry of Chekhov’s Prose.” Anton Chekhov’s Selected Stories (Norton Critical Edition). Ed. Cathy Popkin. New York: W. W. Norton, 2014, 577 – 595.


“‘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.


Dew on the Grass’: The Poetics of Inbetweenness in Chekhov (New York: Peter Lang, 2010 [Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature]), 210 pp.


Sobach’i stikhi [Dog Poetry]. Boston: M-Graphics, 2016, 136 pp.


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

Honors Theses

  • 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)

Additional Information

For more about Dr. Lapushin, see his Curriculum Vitae.