Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies

Overview

My research focuses on the relationship between art and literature and the shaping of post-Soviet public culture. My first book, It Will Be Fun and Terrifying: Nationalism and Protest in Post-Soviet Russia (University of Wisconsin Press: 2020, forthcoming) studies the ways in which the aesthetics and culture of Eduard Limonov’s National-Bolshevik Party, a radical countercultural movement, has influenced the development of Russian protest culture and the formation of state ideology during the Putin era. The project combines textual analysis with the discussion of ethnographic material, including over forty interviews with contemporary Russian intellectuals and political activists. Before coming to Brown, I completed a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale. I grew up in Milan, Italy, where I received a B.A. and an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Russian and English) from Milan State University. During my graduate and undergraduate training, I spent several years of study and research in Moscow, Russia, where I was affiliated with the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) and Moscow State University (MGU). My interests include Soviet and post-Soviet literature and film; post-Soviet politics and ideological discourses; postsocialism; Russian nationalism and national identity; cultural studies; cultural anthropology; postmodernism; and visual and iconographic aspects of Soviet culture. I teach courses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russian culture, literature, and politics, Russian language, gender and sexuality, nationalism and national identity. 

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