Marina Aptekman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Joined the faculty in 2009

Ph.D., Brown University, 2005
M.A., Clark University, 1997; Brown University, 1998
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996

Current scholarly interests:
Contemporary Russian Literature and Culture
Russian Romanticism and Sentimentalism
Esoteric and Occult influences in Russian Literature
Jewish-Russian cultural and literary studies
Russian children's literature

Previous teaching experience:
Twentieth-century Russian Literature
Contemporary Russian Literature
Jewish-Russian Literature
Russian language

Courses Routinely Taught:
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
Two Hundred Years Together: Jews of Russia through the Eyes of Literature

Recent Publications:
Jacob's Ladder: Kabbalistic Allegory in Russian Literature (Boston: Academic Studies Press
"Through an Occult Prism: The Bolshevik Revolution in Three Post-Soviet Novels" in The New Age of Russia: Occult and Esoteric Dimensions. Birgit Menzel, Michael Hagemeister and Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, eds. (Munich: Otto Sagner 2011)

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Personal Statement:
Prior to coming to the USA I lived in Russia and Israel; and I was born in a city and a country that no longer exist on maps. My current research concentrates on two large subjects: the role of Soviet mythology in contemporary Russian culture, and a sad and turbulent story of the Jewish settlements in Soviet Far East. I love teaching, traveling in old European towns and hidden towns and villages of Russia, and reading new books. After living in USA for more than 15 years I am still very Russian - as most Russians I love nature; so in my free time I very much love to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes that make me feel I am still staying in a summer cottage outside Moscow - hunting for mushrooms, foraging for wild berries, swimming in the lakes and streams, and enjoying life with my two sons, Alexander and Gregory.

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