David Powelstock

David PowellstockAssociate Professor of Russian Language and Literature
Chair of the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature
Undergraduate Advising Head for Russian Studies

Research Expertise

Modern Russian literature, modern Czech literature, Russian & Czech languages, comparative literature, literary theory, translation studies

Affiliated Departments/Programs

Comparative Humanities
Comparative Literature and Culture

Select Courses Taught

COMH 201a: Comparative Humanities Proseminar
COML 100a: Comparing Literatures: Theory and Practice
COML 109b: The Art of Living: Imagination and the Just Life
COML 171a: Literary Translation in Theory and in Practice
RECS 100a: Russian Soul: Masterworks of Modern Russian Culture
RECS 131a: The Twentieth-Century Russian Novel
RECS 148a: Russian Drama: Text and Performance
RECS 149b: Russian Modernism in Culture and Arts
RECS 150a: Russian and Soviet Cinema
RECS 154a: The Art of Vladimir Nabokov

Degrees

University of California, Berkeley, PhD
University of California, Berkeley, MA
Princeton University, BA

Awards/Fellowships

Select Publications

Books

Becoming Mikhail Lermontov

Becoming Mikhail Lermontov: The Ironies of Romantic Individualism in Nicholas I's Russia. Northwestern University Press, 2005

Other Publications

Powelstock, David. "“Komu zhe verit’, esli ne sebe? Tret’ia sub”ektnaia pozitsiia v stikhotvorenii Lermontova ‘Ne ver’ sebe’” [“Whom to Trust if Not Yourself? The Third Subject Position in Lermontov’s Poem ‘Trust Not Yourself.’”." Mir Lermontova: Kollektivnaia monografiia. Ed. M. N. Virolainen and A. A. Karpov. St. Petersburg, Russian Federation: Akademiia nauk, 2015 (forthcoming)

Olesha, Yurii. "Speech to the First Congress of the Soviet Union of Writers, 1934." Sovlit.com vol. n/a. n/a Trans. Powelstock, David. (2009): n/a.

Powelstock, David. "Reinventing Romantic Poetry: Russian Women Poets of the Mid-Nineteenth Century." Rev. of Reinventing Romantic Poetry: Russian Women Poets of the Mid-Nineteenth Century, by Diana Greene. Slavic and East European Journal vol. 51:2 Summer 2007: 397-98.

Powelstock, David. "Writing as Exorcism:The Personal Codes of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol." Rev. of Writing as Exorcism:The Personal Codes of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol, by Ilya Kutik. Slavic Review vol. 66:3 Fall 2007: 564-65.

Powelstock, David. "Violent Outcomes: Mikhail Lermontov and Romanticism's Insoluble Problems.." Times of Trouble: Violence in Russian Literature and Culture. Ed. Marcus Levitt and Tatyana Novikov. University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. 30-41.

Powelstock, David. "In the Poet's Defense" (transl. with commentary of of A. Ragozin, "V zashchitu poeta," Pravda, 25 August 1939)." Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda. Ed. Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 309-312.

Powelstock, David. "Fashioning 'Our Lermontov': Canonization and Conflict in the Stalinist 1930s." Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda. Ed. Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 281-307.

Powelstock, David. "Burying the Elegiac Corpse: Selfhood in Pushkin's Late Lyrics." Pushkin Review / Pushkinskii vestnik (2000): 81-132.

Powelstock, David. "Living Into Language: Mikhail Lermontov and the Manufacturing of Intimacy." Russian Subjects: Empire, Nation, and the Culture of the Golden Age. Ed. Greenleaf, Monika and Stephen Moeller-Sally. Northwestern University Press, 1998. 297-324.

Powelstock, David. "Loving the Ineffable: Lermontov's Poetics of Desire." Romantic Russia (1998): 49-93.

Powelstock, David. "Mikhail Iur'evich Lermontov." The Age of Pushkin and Gogol: Poetry and Drama. Ed. Christine Rydel. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 206, Detroit: Gale Research Publications, 1998. 179-205.

Powelstock, David. "Bakhtin o poezii. Zametki ["Bakhtin's Views on Poetry"].." Russkii stikh: Metrika, Ritmika, Rifma, Strofika. Ed. Bak, Dmitrii, et al. Moscow: RGGU, 1996. 221-228.

Powelstock, David. "The Rhythmic Structure of Valerii Briusov's Three-Stress Dol'nik Line." Russian Verse Theory: Proceedings of the 1987 Conference at UCLA (= UCLA Slavic Studies). Ed. Scherr, Barry P. and Dean S. Worth., 1989. 235-252.