Can You Be Nonbinary in Russian?

It's a question I get at least once every time I teach introductory Russian, or talk about Russian in my community of nonbinary English-speakers, or disclose this part of my identity to a Russian-speaker.

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Russian Studies in the Era of Trump

Being a Russianist in Trump’s America is a triggering exercise, rife with frustration and insecurity. This SEEB series contributes to an extensive and important conversation for our field

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Teaching Chekhov in the Time of Trump

A Turkish friend of a friend of mine recently dreamt that she was playing guitar for the authoritarian leader of her country, President Recep Erdoğan, while directing his gaze toward some pretty flowers and urging him to listen and look. Her dream reminded me of a somewhat intrusive thought I had more than once this past year while teaching a class on Chekhov.

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Redefining the Russian Civilization and Culture Survey for the Trump Era

The last time I taught a Russian civilization and culture course, the curriculum took a largely Eurocentric approach to Russian literary and cultural history. Except Princess Olga, Elizabeth, and Catherine II, there were few women discussed in the course and little discussion of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class in Russia’s artistic, literary, and cultural history. In light of recent events, I have decided that I can no longer continue to teach this course without devoting more time to these topics.

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Reading Akhmatova Now

Together with the numerous publications “in support of orphans” or “in support of soldiers” that I came across, Akhmatova’s poem leads me to ask how poets and writers of our own time are responding to the twenty-four hour news cycle, to each new tragedy, unavoidable or not.

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“Why is There a Bull on the Magazine Cover?” The Readers of the Soviet Magazine 30 Days

Better known nowadays for having been the venue for the publication in installments of Il’ia Il’f and Evgenii Petrov’s famous novels The Twelve Chairs and The Golden Calf (Dvenadtsat’ stul’ev and Zolotoi telenok, published in 1928 and 1931 respectively), 30 Days also holds a unique place in the Soviet publishing environment between the NEP Era and the First Five-Year Plan.

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