Melissa Frazier

Associate Dean of the College

AB, Harvard University. PhD, University of California–Berkeley. Special interests include the 19th-century novel and literature and the literary marketplace. Author of articles and books on topics including Pushkin, Senkovskii, Gogol, Tolstoy, and Russian Formalism. Awarded the 2007 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for “Best Work in Romanticism Studies,” by the International Conference of Romanticism, for Romantic Encounters: Writers, Readers, and the “Library for Reading” (Stanford University Press, 2007). SLC, 1995–

Undergraduate Courses 2020-2021

Russian

Beginning Russian

Open , Seminar—Year

Successful language learning involves both creativity and a certain amount of rote learning—memorization gives the student the basis to then extrapolate, improvise, and have fun with the language—and this course will lay equal emphasis on both. At the end of the course, students will know the fundamentals of Russian grammar and will be able to use those fundamentals to read, write, and, above all, speak Russian on an elementary level. Our four hours of class each week will be spent actively using what we know in pair and group activities, dialogues, discussions, etc. Twice-weekly written homework, serving both to reinforce old and introduce new material, will be required. At the end of each semester, we will formalize the principle of rigorous but creative communication that underlies all of our work through small-group video projects. Students are also required to attend weekly meetings with the Russian assistant; attendance at Russian Table is strongly encouraged.

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Selected Syllabi

Selected Publications

Romantic Encounters: Writers, Readers and the “Library for Reading

Romantic Encounters: Writers, Readers and the “Library for Reading

Stanford University Press, 2007

Awarded the 2007 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for “best work in Romanticism studies” by the International Conference of Romanticism.

Frames of the Imagination: Gogol’s Arabesques and the Romantic Question of Genre.

Frames of the Imagination: Gogol’s Arabesques and the Romantic Question of Genre.

Peter Lang Publishing, 2000.

“Преподавание Бахтина американским студентам”

Forthcoming: Диалог. Карнавал. Хронотоп. (2013).

“Balzacorama: Panoramic Vision in Nabokov’s Lolita”

Comparative Literature Studies. 48: 4 (2011) 486-511.

“Personae and Personality in O. I. Senkovskij”

Russian Literature. LVI-IV (2004) 343-362.

“Space and Genre in Gogol’‘s Arabeski”

Slavic and East European Journal, 43: 3 (1999).

“De-familiarizing the Tolstoj of Formalism”

Russian Literature. XLIV (1998) 143-158.

“Arabeski, Architecture and Printing,” in The Subject’s Space: Empire, Nation, and the Culture of Russia’s Golden Age”

eds. Monika Greenleaf and Stephen Moeller-Sally (Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1998) 277-295.

“Kapitanskaja dočka and the Creativity of Borrowing”

Slavic and East European Journal, 37:4 (1993) 472-489.