University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sergey Karpukhin
Lecturer, Slavic


Languages: Russian; reading knowledge of French, Latin, Ancient Greek, Czech, German

Research/Language Interests: Classical antiquity and tradition, theories of reception, gender and sexuality, Russian Silver Age, Vladimir Nabokov

Education: B.A. Department of Philology and Journalism, Irkutsk State University, 2004; M.A. in Slavic Studies, University of Virginia, 2007; Ph. D. in Russian Literature, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2015

Undergraduate Courses: Nabokov: Russian and English Writings; Third-Year Russian; Russian History and Culture; Suffering in Russian Culture (in English); Contemporary Russian Art, Media, and Politics (in English)


About Me: My main research interest is Vladimir Nabokov, mostly from a comparative perspective: Nabokov as a bilingual writer, a scientist and a writer, a modernist and a traditionalist. My dissertation was dedicated to the classical tradition in Nabokov’s oeuvre. Most of the work I have done in other areas (Brodsky and Beckett, Pushkin, Bulgakov, Russian émigré literature, gender and sexuality) deal with transitions and mutable identities. This outlook informs my approach to language instruction as well, where I try to focus on questions of cultural authenticity, sociolinguistics, and linguistic relativity.