S. A. Karpukhin




Office number: 1456 Van Hise Hall

Language(s): 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.

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.

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