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Nicholas Rzhevsky

B.A. Rutgers University; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University


Office:  Rm. 1142 - Humanities Building; 631-632-7359

Mailing Address:  Dept. of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5359



Research Interests

Russian literature

Russian and Western Theater

Intellectual History


Professional History

Professor and Chair, Dept. of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, SUNY, Stony Brook University, 2004-15;

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of German & Slavic, ELLC, Stony Brook University,1998-03;

Associate Professor, 1998-87; Director of Undergraduate Studies, 1987-94;

Assistant Professor, Stony Brook, 1983-86; Dept. of Slavic, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1976-82

  Dept. of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1970-76;

Lecturer/Asst. Prof., Dept. of Russian, Oberlin College, 1968-69

Fellowships, Grants and Awards 

The President's Distinguished Travel Award 2014
NY UUP State Committee, CAS Travel Awards 1985-2015
Pushkin Medal, "Devotee of Enlightenment" Russian Academy of Philology 2002
U.S. Department of Education, International Research Grant 1998-99
IREX, Special Projects Grant; IREX Travel Grant 1993-94
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship 1990
SUNY, Stony Brook Teaching Commendations 1985-86
American Philosophical Society Grant 1984-85
NEH Research Grant; Center for Advanced Studies in Theater Arts Summer, 1982
Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Fellowship 1982-83
International Research and Exchanges Board Grant 1982-83
U. of Illinois Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Students 1976-1980
University of Illinois Research Board Grants 1980-81
Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Fellowship 1977-78
International Research and Exchanges Board Grant 1977-78
Rutgers Research Council Grant 1972
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, NDEA VI 1969-70
Princeton University Fellowships (NDFL IV Fellowship
Ford Fellowship; Regional Studies Fellowship) 1965-68
Phi Beta Kappa 1964


Publications (Selection)

   1. Books, Plays, CD, Special Issues

Robeson. Staged Staller Center, Stony Brook Theater, Nov. 8-11, 15-18, 2012.
Rebels and Tyrants, Editor, Cognella, San Diego, CA, 2012. 2nd Edition, 2015.
The Modern Russian Theater: A Literary and Cultural History. M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Armonk, London, NY. 2009.
Moderna Ruska Kultura, ed. Nikola Rževski, CID, Podgorica, 2007.
Thresholds. An Introduction to Russian Culture. CD. 2004.
Back to Futurism. Editor, Intro. Mark Konecny. SEEA special issue, Vol. 10, Fall, 2002
Alexander Pushkin's Boris Godunov. Translator and Editor. Slavic Cultural Center Press, Stony Brook, 2000.
Transitions: Slovak Stories. Editor, SEEA Special Issue, Vol. 9. Winter, 1999
Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture. Editor. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge U. Press, 1998. 2nd Edition, 2012.
Mikhail Bulgakov's Dog Heart, Adapted & Translated. SCC Press, Stony Brook, 1998.
An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction. Introduction to a Culture. Editor. Armonk, NY, London, England: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1996, 2nd ed. 1998.
Media><Media, (Editor with Caryl Emerson), SEEA, Vol. 6, No. 2, Stony Brook, 1990

   2. Articles and Essays

"Idea and Heritage in Soviet Literature," Comparative Literature Studies, 4 (1969), 419-34.
"Synchronic Translation and Russian Language Training," AATSEEL Newsletter, 16 (April, 1975), pp. 1-4.
"The Shape of Chaos: Herzen and War and Peace," Russian Review, 34, 4 (1975), 367-81.
"Leontiev's Prickly Rose," Slavic Review, 35, 3 (1976), pp. 258-68.
"Theatre Letter from Moscow," Encounter, III, 6 (1979), pp. 46-8.
"Yuri Liubimov: Russian Theater-Soviet Writers," Newsnotes on Soviet and East European Drama and Theatre (March 1982), pp. 11-19 (interview).
"The Adolescent: Structure and Ideology," SEEJ, 26, 1 (1982), pp. 27-42.
"Lyubimov, the Taganka, and the Limits of Experimentation," RFE-RFL Research Bulletin, 175/82, April 26, 1982, pp. 1-3.
"Introduction," Crime and Punishment. Theatre Program, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, September 5, 1983.
"The Seventh Congress of Soviet Writers and Its Aftermath," SEEJ, Spring, 1984, 92-98.
"Literature in the Soviet Theater," Literature in Performance, 5, 1, Nov. 1984, pp. 13-19.
"Alexander Herzen," Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, eds. L.Harris and E. Tennyson, Gale Research Company, 1985.(A revised version of Chapter 3 in    Russian Literature and Ideology.)
"Adapting Drama to the Stage: Liubimov's Boris Godunov," Slavic and East European Arts, 3, 1, 1985, pp.171-176; 178; p.180.
"The Program as Performance Text," SEEA, 4, 1, 1986, pp. 97-114.
"Russian Literature and American Critics," Russian Language Journal, 138, 1987, 169-176.
"Magic Subversions: The Master and Margarita in Performance," Modern Drama, 30, 3, 1987, pp. 327-339.
"Soviet Theater," The Nation, August 7/14, 1989, pp.180-181.
"Introduction," (with Caryl Emerson), Media-Media, SEEA, 6, 2, 1990, pp.7-15.
"Soviet Film," Soviet and East European Performance, 11, 1, 1991, pp. 58-60.
"Ideology as Control: Tolstoy and Fadeyev," Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism, ed. M. Lazzari, Gale, V. 53, pp. 56-63, 1994. Reprint of Chap. 7, Russian  Literature and Ideology.
"Kozhinov on Bakhtin," New Literary History, 25, (Spring, 1994), pp. 429-444.
"Subversions of Sentiment: Crime and Punishment at the Taganka," Balagan, Band 2, Heft 1, 1995.
"Kozhinov on Bakhtin," Critical Essays on Mikhail Bakhtin, ed. Caryl Emerson, G. K. Hall & Co., NY, 1999, pp. 52-66. Reprint from NLH.
"A Culture Set to Be Free," Newsday, Oct. 8, 2000, Currents & Books, p. B4.
"Trims in Language Teaching Put Wisdom at Risk," Newsday, April 22, 2001, Culture Watch, pp. B8-B9.
"There Is a Choice," Newsday, December 29, 2002, Currents.
"Lyubimov's Souf(f)le: Life and Death at the Taganka," Slavic and East European Performance, 27.1 (Winter, 2007), 76-81.
"Russian Literature," Lincoln Library of Essential Information, 44th edition, Lincoln Library Press: Cleveland, OH. 2008.
"Beyond Postmodernism-Regaining Modernism. Notes on the Taganka Theater in 2003-05." Transactions of the Association of Russian-American Scholars in the U.S.A. Vol. XXXV, 2008-2009. 153-159.
"Regaining Futurism: Russian Theater 2003-2005," Futurismo. Impact and Legacy, ed. Giuseppe Gazzola, Forum Italicum Publishing, NY, 2011, pp. 142-146.

   3. Reviews

Comparative Literature, The Russian Review, Slavic Review, Journal of International Dostoevsky Society, Literature in Performance, Novyi zhurnal, Slavic & East European Journal, Slavic and East European Arts, Comparative Drama

Courses Taught at Stony Brook

Russian Language (all levels); Introduction to Russian Literature; Nineteenth Century Russian Literature; Russian Poetry and Poetics; Russian Literature and Ideology; The European Novel; Literature and Philosophy; Modern Prose and Drama; Introduction to World Literature; Soviet Literature; Russia and the West; Russian Film and Culture; Russia Today: Culture and Identity; Crime and Punishment in World Literature; Saints and Fools; Rebels and Tyrants.

Seminars: Dostoevsky and the West; Tolstoy; Major Russian Authors; Russian and Soviet Theatre; Russian Narrative Prose; Critical Theory; Russian Novel & the West; Ideology; Literature and Theatre; Studies in Cultural Genres; Chekhov.


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