Kevin Reese
Lecturer in Russian Language and Literature


Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My primary areas of interest—both as an instructor and as a researcher—are Soviet science fiction and Russian poetry.

Poetry is the foundation of one of my ongoing (since the spring of 2013) teaching endeavors: the Maiakovskii Club, a weekly meeting devoted to reading, translating, and scanning Russian poetry.

I am working on a book—tentatively titled The Homemade Telescope—in which I examine the role of astronomy and cosmology across many of the works of Arkadii and Boris Strugatskii. Russian poetry plays a nontrivial role in this book, as many of the Strugatskiis’ key works feature a deep intertextual relationship with the works of Pushkin.

Recent Publications

Mixed Up by Vladimir Savchenko, “The Spontaneous Reflex” and Those Burdened by Evil (excerpt) by Arkadii and Boris Strugatskii, in the science fiction anthology Red Star Tales, Russian Life Books, 2015.

“The Spontaneous Reflex” (excerpt) and “In These Interesting Times of Ours” by Arkadii and Boris Strugatskii, in Chentia, Volume 8, Number 2, Issue 30, spring 2015.

“Proletarianess, Proletarian, Stop into the Planetarium” by Vladimir Maiakovskii, in Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts. Sibelan Forrester and Martha Kelly, eds. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2015.

Review of The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and his Followers, by George Young. NY: Oxford UP, 2012. Russian Review, vol. 71, no. 1, January 2013.

Review of Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian Culture and History, Jane Costlow and Amy Nelson, eds. Pittsburg: University of Pittsburg Press, 2010. The NEP Era: Soviet Russia, 1921-1928, vol. 6, 2012.

“Imagination and Realism in Soviet Science Fiction: Siniavsky’s ‘Bez skidok’and Terts’s ‘Pkhents’,” Slavic and East European Journal vol. 52, no. 3, 2008.

Frequently Taught Courses

  • RUSS 203/204: Intermediate Russian
  • RUSS 270: 19th-century Russian Literature
  • RUSS 274: 20th-century Russian Literature
  • RUSS 275: The Russian Fairy Tale
  • RUSS 278: Russian and Soviet Science Fiction

Dr. Reese’s Upcoming Course Offerings

Undergraduate and Graduate Advising and Mentoring

  • Trinks, Jasmine. The Poet Takes Himself Apart on Stage: Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Poetic Personae in Vladimir Mayakovsky: Tragediia and Misteriia-buff. Senior Honors Thesis, defended with high honors 24 March 2015.
  • McCorkle, Karina. Those Strange Moscow Ladies: Queer Identity in the Poetry of Tsvetaeva and Parnok. Senior Honors Thesis, defended with high honors 27 March 2015.

Additional Information

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