Professor of Slavic Studies


Svetlana Evdokimova is Professor of Slavic Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University. She is currently Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages. She has also served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown for nearly ten years. In addition, she has been Randall Advisor, freshman and sophomore advosor, a member of the Faculty Executive Committee, and APC. Before coming to Brown in 1991, she has held a teaching position at Yale University from 1990-91.

Svetlana Evdokimova works primarily in Russian literature and culture of the 19th-20th centuries. She has particular interests in Russian and European Romanticism, relations between history and fiction; gender and sexuality in Russian and European literatures; and questions of aesthetics. Evdokimova received her doctorate in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University, her M.A. in French Language and Literature from St. Petersburg University, Russia. She has published articles on Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and others; her book Alexander Pushkin's Historical Imagination was published by Yale University Press in 1999; her volume Pushkin's Little Tragedies: The Poetics of Brevity was published by Wisconsin University Press (2003, selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2004 by Choice). She is currently preparing a collection of essays, Dostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky: Science, Aesthetics, Religion (to be published with Academic Studies Press). She is also completing a book on Chekhov's relationship with the Russian intelligentsia and its impact on the formation of his literary self. 

In 1995-6, she was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has served as the National Endowment for the Humanities Panelist for Fellowships for University Teachers for two years. She also received an IREX grant in 1995 and a Yale Prize Teaching Fellowship in 1987-88.

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