20th century literature

Natalie Rouland



Dissertation Title: "Ballet and the Imperial Body in Russian Literature, 1851-1895"

M.A. Thesis Title: "Feminine Filiation and the Absent Addressee in Tsvetaeva's 'Podruga' Cycle"


Fellowships and Grants:

  • Kennan Institute Short-Term Scholar Grant, 2009.
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. St. Petersburg, 2008-2009.
  • Stanford Humanities Center Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship. Stanford University, 2007-2008.
  • Kathryn R. Davis Travel Grant. AAASS National Graduate Student Award, 2008.
  • Stanford CREEES Research Travel Grant. St. Petersburg, 2006.
  • Stanford Graduate Research Opportunity Grant. St. Petersburg, 2006.
  • Wellesley College Knafel Traveling Fellowship. “In Search of Tsvetaeva: Translation and the Experience of Exile in Moscow, Prague, Berlin, and Paris,” 2001-2002.
  • IIE Fulbright Fellowship. “Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva: A Comparative Study of Silver Age Poets.” Affiliated with Russian State Humanities University. Moscow, 2000-2001.

Selected Conference Papers:

  • “Project of the Contemporary Ballet: Saltykov-Shchedrin on Saint-Léon’s 'The Golden Fish,'” November 2008 (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies).
  • “Tolstoy and the Prism of Realism: Images of the Russian Imperial Ballet,” Stanford University, April 2008 (Stanford Humanities Center).
  • “Estrangement, Enchantment, and Other Tricks of the Trade, Or Tolstoy’s Modernist Take on Ballet,” Princeton University, October 2007 (“Magic, Russian Modernism, and the Avant-garde” Symposium).
  • “The Representation of Ballet in Early Tolstoy,” Stanford University, April 2006 (California Slavic Colloquium).
  • “Echoes of Empire: Russian Self-Representation in Petrushka,” Miami University, October 2006 (Havighurst International Young Researchers Conference).
  • “Feminine Filiation and the Absent Addressee in Tsvetaeva’s Podruga Cycle,” University of California at Berkeley, April 2005 (California Slavic Colloquium).

Languages: English, Russian, Czech, French, German.


2000: B.A., Wellesley College, English and Russian (with honors)

Michaela Hulstyn

portrait: Michaela Hulstyn


Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

conference papers

“The Self and Other in Pain: From Valéry’s Thought Experiment to Delbo’s Embodied Reality,” Representing Genocide and Civil Conflict in Nonfiction Narrative, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston 2013

"Becoming the Female Subject: Metamorphosis of the 'Cochonne' in Darrieussecq's Truismes" The Influence of Simone de Beauvoir’s Writings on Following Generations of French Women Writers, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston 2013

“Boris Vian and the Jazz Novel” Johns Hopkins French Graduate Student Conference, “Normes et Formes,” October 2011, Johns Hopkins University

“Primal Listening: Lyotard, Nancy and the Limits of the (In)human” The 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, April 2011, University of San Francisco

awards and distinctions

Taube Center for Jewish Studies Grant Recipient (2012) for research in Paris on Holocaust memoirs

Peter Rotter Essay Prize (2010) Paper title: “Listening to Smothered Words: Lyotard’s Aesthetics and the Holocaust Narrative” 

UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research (2009) Paper title: “The Algeria Syndrome, or ‘Writing in Flight’: Land, Language and Self through the Autobiographical Lens of Assia Djebar and Hélène Cixous”

Martin-Turrill Best Essay Award – UCLA Fr/Francophone Dept. (2009) Paper Title: “La venue à l’inhumain : Néant et Force, Une etude de l’inexprimable tel qu’il est examiné par Jean-François Lyotard et Hélène Cixous”

classes taught

First-year French: French 1, French 2, French 3 (Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012)

Second-year French: French 21C (Fall 2012) 


French, Arabic 


Summer 2011: Institut d’études Françaises d’Avignon, Avignon, France 

2006-2010: B.A. in French, B.A. in Comparative Literature, summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, departmental and university honors 

2007-2008: l’Université de Lyon II, direct exchange, Lyon, France                            


Irina M Erman



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Undergraduate Honors Thesis: "Radicalizing Crime and Punishment: Purity, Pollution, and the Pharmakos in Feodor Dostoevsky's Work."

MA Thesis: "Dostoevsky and Bakhtin" 

PhD Dissertation: "At Home in the Margins: Authorship, Autobiographical Discourse and Alterity in Vasily Rozanov's Modernist Family Tree"


Languages: Russian (native), French, Spanish, Ancient Greek


2012: Ph D., Stanford University, Russian Literature

2006: M.A., Stanford University, Russian Literature

2004: B.A., Emory University, Summa Cum Laude, Comparative Literature

2004: B.A., Emory University, Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


William Leidy

portrait: Isaac Bleaman

leidy AT stanford D0T edu

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Curriculum Vitae: 

Dissertation Title: Scandal and Literature: Dostoevsky's Polemics and Gombrowicz's Provocations

M.A. Thesis Title: Dostoevsky's Underground Type in The Double and Notes from Underground


Conference Papers:

  • Dostoevsky on Glasnost': Early Hopes, Later Misgivings. California Slavic Colloquium. (University of California, San Diego, April 2012)
  • The Proliferation of Scandal in Dostoevsky's The Idiot: New Media and Old-Fashioned Gossip. AATSEEL National Conference. (Seattle, WA, January 2012)
  • The Scandal of Gombrowicz. AATSEEL National Conference (Pasadena, CA, January 2011)
  • The New Soviet Way of Life--Ideals and Implementation: An Analysis of Changing Soviet Society Through Tret'iakov's I Want a Child! and Erdman's The Suicide. California Slavic Colloquium. (University of California, Berkeley, April 2009)
  • Gombrowicz and Form in Ferdydurke. California Slavic Colloquium. (Stanford University, April 2007)
  • Mandelstam's "Peterburgskie Strofy" and Baudelaire's "Correspondances." California Slavic Colloquium. (University of Southern California, April 2006)

Selected Awards: Stanford Humanities Center Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship (2010-2011)

Teaching Experience:

  • Winter-Spring 2012. Teaching fellow for "Poetic Justice: Order and Imagination in Russian Culture."
  • Spring 2009. Teaching assistant for “Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and the Social Thought of His Times.” Professor: Gregory Freidin.
  • Winter 2009. Teaching assistant for "Dostoevsky and His Times." Professor: Joseph Frank.
  • 2007-2008. Teacher of two separate sections of First-Year Russian.

Languages: English, Russian, Polish, French (reading), Old Church Slavonic (reading)

Related Field (Ph.D. Minor): Comparative Literature 

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