Indiana University Bloomington

Craig Cravens, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Craig Cravens

Office number: GA 4043
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Degree: Ph.D., Princeton University 1998.

Dissertation: “Pushkin's Evgenji Onegin, Dostoevsky's Besy, Capek's Hordubal, and Kundera's Zert: The First-Person Novel in Czech and Russian Literature.”

Specialties/Research Interests: Czech underground culture, Modern Czech literature, Czech-Russian literary relations, Jára (da) Cimrman, literary translation.

Editor in Chief of Three String Books, Slavica Publishers

Courses taught:

  • Modern Czech Cinema
  • Robots and Beer Pubs: Czech Culture from 863 to 1989 (C223)
  • From Kafka to Kundera: Modern Czech Literature (C364)
  • Czech language
  • Russian Language

Book Translations:

  • Magdaléna Platzová, Aaron’s Leap (Bellevue Literary Press, 2014)
  • Ivan Klíma, My Crazy Century (Grove Atlantic, 2013)
  • Vladimír Macura, The Mystifications of a Nation, with Hana Píchová (Wisconsin UP, 2010)
  • Michal Viewegh, What’s So Special About Christmas, Anyway? (Garamond, 2010)
  • Jan Neruda, Prague Tales From the Little Quarter (Vitalis, 2005)
  • Vladimír Páral, Lovers & Murderers (Catbird Press, 2001)