University of Wisconsin–Madison


Karen Evans-Romaine
Professor, Slavic
Email: evansromaine@wisc.edu

Languages: Russian Secondary language of research: German Other languages studied: French, Polish

Research/Language Interests: Boris Pasternak, intertextuality in Russian Modernism, interrelationship of music and literature, German-Russian literary relations, European Modernism and Romanticism; foreign language pedagogy

Education: B.A., Russian & Soviet Studies, Oberlin College, 1986 B.Music, Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory, 1986 M.A., Slavic Languages & Literature, University of Michigan, 1989 Ph.D., Slavic Languages & Literature, University of Michigan, 1996

Affiliated Departments: Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition

Undergraduate Courses: Russian language, third through fifth years, including current Russian media Women in Russian Literature (in English with Russian component) Bulgakov's _Master and Margarita_ (in Russian) Courses for Russkii dom in the International Learning Community on Russian music, film, press, and culture

Graduate Courses: Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages Graduate seminar: Text, Music, Culture: Literary Texts and Musical Interpretations in 19th- and 20th-Century Russia

About Me: I have dual interests in Russian Modernist poetry and in Russian language pedagogy, and music intersects with both interests. I hold bachelor’s degrees in both Russian and piano performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and I completed my Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literature, with a focus on Russian Modernist poetry, particularly the work of Boris Pasternak and its intersections with German Romanticism, in 1996. While I was completing my dissertation, I worked as Fulbright Representative to the Russian Federation and director of the Moscow Fulbright Office from 1993-1996. From 1996-2009 I was Assistant, then Associate Professor at Ohio University, where I directed the biennial Ohio University Spring Quarter in Moscow Program (1998-2008). Concurrently I worked at the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian, Middlebury College, first as Lead Teacher for Level 1 (2001-2003), and then as School of Russian Director (2004-2009). At Ohio University, and now at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, I have taught Russian language at all levels, 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature in Russian and English, and various courses on Russian culture with a particular focus on music, and, at UW-Madison, Slavic language pedagogy. I serve as director of the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program, a collaborative effort with the Language Institute, the doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia; I am also faculty director of Russkii Dom, the Russian-language floor in the International Learning Community. My publications (see below) have reflected my dual interests in Russian literature and Russian language pedagogy.

Selected Publications

Book:

Boris Pasternak and the Tradition of German Romanticism. Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner [Slavistische Beiträge, Vol. 344], 1997

Co-Authored Textbook:

Golosa. A Basic Course in Russian. Richard Robin, Karen Evans-Romaine, Galina Shatalina. Books One and Two, 5th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson (previously Prentice Hall), 2011/2013; 4th edition, with Joanna Robin, 2006/2007; 3rd edition, with Joanna Robin, 2002/2003

Co-Edited Encyclopedia:

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture. Edited by Tatiana Smorodinskaya, Karen Evans-Romaine, and Helena Goscilo. London/New York: Routledge, 2007

 Co-Edited Book (forthcoming):

The U.S. Language Flagship Program: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation. Edited by Dianna Murphy and Karen Evans-Romaine. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters (forthcoming November 2016)

 Book Chapters:

Karen Evans-Romaine, Stuart Goldberg, Susan Kresin, Vicky Galloway, “Language and Cultural Learning through Song,” in The Art of Teaching Russian, ed. Jason Merrill, Irina Dubinina, and Evgeny Dengub (Bloomington, IN: Slavica; forthcoming 2017, submitted October 2015)

“Marina Cvetaeva and Music,” in A Companion to Marina Cvetaeva, ed. Sibelan Forrester (Leiden: Brill; forthcoming 2017, submitted August 2014)

“Music and Intertext in Pasternak’s ‘Waltzes’,” in Eternity’s Hostage. Selected Papers from the Stanford International Conference on Boris Pasternak. May, 2004. In Honor of Evgeny Pasternak and Elena Pasternak, ed. Lazar Fleishman. Part I (Stanford [Stanford Slavic Studies, 31:1], 2006), 303-321

Pasternak and Tchaikovsky: Musical Echoes in Pasternak’s Blind Beauty,” in Literature and Musical Adaptation, ed. Michael J. Meyer (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi [Perspectives on Modern Literature, 26], 2002), 105-136

“Pasternak and the Russian Reception of Heine,” in Cold Fusion: Aspects of the German Cultural Presence in Russia, ed. Gennady Barabtarlo (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2000), 252-276

Articles in Journals and Scholarly Series:

Dianna Murphy, Karen Evans-Romaine, and Snezhana Zheltoukhova, “Student and Tutor Perspectives of Tutoring in a Russian Flagship Program,” Russian Language Journal 62 (2012), 107-127

“The Children’s Poetry of Pasternak: Pasternakian Poetics in Miniature,” Slavic and East European Journal 49:2 (Summer 2005), 266-81

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