Indiana University Bloomington

Sara Stefani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sara Stefani

Office number: GA 4027
Office telephone: (812) 855-3351
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Degree: Ph.D., Yale University, 2008.

Dissertation: “Constructing the Other: Defining the Nation and Defining the Self in Early Soviet and British Modernist Prose.”

Research Interests: Twentieth-century Russian literature in a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural context; cultural connections between Russia and England; the Russian avant-garde; Russian visual arts; Russian Modernism and Postmodernism; the role of the body, sexuality, and gender in literature, culture, and the visual arts; the exploration and expression of national identity in cultural works.

Current projects: A book manuscript based on the dissertation, article-length studies on Victor Pelevin’s novel Generation P, Venedikt Erofeev’s novel Moscow to the End of the Line, the role of the body in Andrei Platonov’s The Foundation Pit, modes of communication in Virginia Woolf and Anton Chekhov, and the role of gender and genre in works by Leo Tolstoy, Bohumil Hrabal, and Gertrude Stein.

Courses taught: I have taught Beginning, Advanced, and Intermediate Russian language classes several times, as well as a variety of courses on Russian literature and culture. Some of the courses I have taught are: Literature and the Arts in Russian Modernism and the Avant Garde, Special Topics in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature: Reactions to the Russian Revolution and the New Soviet Society (in Russian), The Family Novel in Nineteenth-Century Russia, and Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n Roll in Modern Russian Culture.