Liberal Arts Research Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature
- PhD, Columbia University, 1992
- MA, University of Zurich, 1987
I grew up in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen near the Rhine Falls. After graduating from the local high school with an emphasis on Classics, I studied French and Russian Philology in Zurich, Paris, Leningrad, and at Columbia University, where I obtained a Ph.D. in Russian literature with a thesis on the Russian reception of Charles Baudelaire. I have been teaching at Penn State since 1996. My main appointment is in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, where I served as head from 2000 to 2008 and am currently the co-director of graduate studies. My original research interests included symbolism, literary relations between Russia and Western Europe, the prose poem, and utopian studies. More recently, I have focused on the literature written by contemporary Russian-Jewish émigré authors in French, German, English, and Hebrew. I am also an active translator of poetry. In addition to three scholarly monographs I have published six bilingual editions of Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian poetry in my German verse translation.
Vladislav Chodasevič: Europäische Nacht/Европейская ночь. Wuppertal/Vienna: Arco Verlag, 2013.
Out of Russia: Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2011.
Der Klang von Sonnenklarinetten: Drei Lyriker der ukrainischen Moderne. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 2008.
Liliana Ursu: Im Spiegel der Schmetterlinge. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 2005.
Miniaturwelten: Russische Prosagedichte von Turgenev bis Charms. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 2004.
Russian Minimalism: From the Prose Poem to the Anti-Story. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2003.
Innokentij Annenskij: Die Schwarze Silhouette. Zurich: Pano Verlag, 1998.
Baudelaire in Russia. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1996.
Alexander Blok: Gedichte. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1990
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Russian Literature
- Translingual Diaspora Fiction