Art History

Darra Goldstein

portrait: Darra Goldstein

Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Curriculum Vitae: 

Darra Goldstein is the Willcox and Harriet Adsit Professor of Russian at
Williams College and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and
Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.
She has published numerous books and articles on literature, culture, art, and
cuisine, and has organized several exhibitions, including Graphic Design in the
Mechanical Age and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, both
at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She is also the author of four
cookbooks: A Taste of Russia (nominated for a Tastemaker Award), The Georgian
Feast (winner of the 1994 IACP Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The
Winter Vegetarian, and Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (IACP award finalist). Goldstein
has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group
exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity,
and under her editorship the volume Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity,
Diversity and Dialogue was published in 2005. Goldstein has also consulted for the
Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York and served on the
Board of Directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She
is currently Food Editor of Russian Life magazine and the series editor of
California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press), a book series
that seeks to broaden the audience for serious scholarship in food studies.


Stanford University, Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1983

Stanford University, M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1976

Vassar College, B.A., Modern Languages, 1973


Darci Gardner

portrait: Darci Gardner

Building 240 Room 204

Office Hours: 
Tuesday 2:15-5:15 and by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

Darci graduated from Stanford in June of 2013 with a Ph.D. in French and a minor in Italian. She specializes in French language and literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her dissertation, entitled "Rereading as Requirement: The Cognitive Demands of Mallarmé, Krysinska, and Proust," argues that certain fin-de-siècle writers designed their texts to restructure the interpretive habits of their readers.

Prior to attending Stanford, Darci discovered her passion for French Studies as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, where she enjoyed spending long afternoons perusing the collections of the W. T. Bandy Center. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and wrote a thesis on "Painterly Techniques in Le Spleen de Paris."

Her ongoing research focuses on visual culture, film, and cognitive approaches to literature. These interdisciplinary interests are visible in her teaching through the variety of media that she integrates into classroom discussions.


"Pourquoi privilégier la poésie? La réponse des 'récits' de Bonnefoy," Romance Notes 53.1 (2013): 11-20.


Fashion and Image in Post-Romantic Paris. Winter 2011. This course examines the role of fashion in the literature and visual culture of post-Romantic Paris. Classes will engage a variety of topics ranging from the formation of aesthetic values to the impact of the media on popular taste, while discussions will interrogate themes of gender, urbanization, and the rise of consumer culture. In addition to discussing texts, we will analyze depictions of fashion in visual genres such as caricature, cosmopolitan portraiture, advertising, and film. Readings include Gautier, Baudelaire, Maupassant, La Dame aux camélias, Madame Bovary, Carmen, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Salomé, among others.   Taught in French. Prerequisite: French Lit 130 or consent.  

Advanced French Grammar. Winter 2013. This course cultivates advanced proficiency in French with special attention to writing. Students will fine-tune their grammar skills and develop the ability to do both professional and academic work in the target language. We will examine feature articles, editorials, humoristic essays, nonfiction, and literature for samples of grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and communicative strategies. Writing assignments will be brief but frequent; they will gradually increase in length over the course of the term as our focus shifts from accuracy to effectiveness. Prerequisite: French 23C or equivalent.


  • Ph.D. in French, minor in Italian. Stanford University, 2013.
  • B.A., summa cum laude, with high honors in Comparative Literature. Vanderbilt University, 2007.
  • Ravenscroft School. Raleigh, North Carolina, 2004.

Scott Bartling

portrait: Isaac Bleaman

Focal Group(s): 
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

Dissertation Title:  The Reinvention of Life:  Icon, Eros, and Language in Viktor Shklovsky's Theory of Estrangement

M.A. Thesis Title:  Eugene Onegin: Fate, Potentiality, and the Art of Living

Conference Papers:

"Ostranenie in Retrospect:  Viktor Shklovsky's Energy of Delusion."  AATSEEL National Conference, 2012.

"Vladimir Arseniev and Dersu Uzala: Cultural Dialogue in the Russian Far East."  California Slavic Colloquium, 2011.


Russian, German, Kazakh, Japanese, Spanish, Hungarian


2008: M.A., Stanford University, Russian Literature


American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program (Kazakh).  Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Summer 2010.

Medieval Slavic Summer Institute.  Hilandar Research Library, The Ohio State University.  Summer 2008.

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