Jason Cieply

portrait: Jason Cieply

Current research:

  • "Solitary ecstatic states": Enthusiasm and despair in Russian arts and society, 1905-1933"
  • Silencing "Silentium!": Why Tiutchev’s verse disappeared from the drafts of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Stanford University, 2011.

Recent work: 

  • Russian lubki and the production of co-knowledge, Stanford University, 2012
  • Dostoevsky’s phantom ideological limbs, Stanford University, 2012
  • Nabokov’s monkish maneuvers: Hagiographic topoi as a depoliticizing device in The Life of Chernyshevsky, Stanford University, 2012
  • Intonation patterns in monotone and melodic poetic readings of the Russian Silver Age, Stanford University, 2011
  • Towards a postmodern aesthetics of the neutral: Sasha Sokolov’s Palisandriia and the topos of the hermaphrodite, Stanford University, 2011
  • Staging the end of history: Mayakovsky, Kharms, and Platonov, Stanford University, 2010
  • Bakhtin on silence, Stanford University, 2010
  • Tactics for semiotic opposition: Pelevin, Barthes, de Certeau, Stanford University, 2010
  • Living an adventure narrative: looking for models in Bakhtin, Auerbach, and Simmel, Stanford University, 2010
  • Mayakovsky's "Ulichnoe," Stanford University, 2010
  • Bakhtin and the spatio-temporal structure of the word, Stanford University, 2010.
  • Language and (space-)time in Korolenko's Yakut stories, Stanford University, 2009.
  • Eisenstein on Pushkin: the poet as montageur, Stanford University, 2009.

Conference papers:

  • Nabokov’s Monkish Maneuvers: Nabokov’s monkish maneuvers: Hagiographic topoi as a depoliticizing device in “The Life of Chernyshevsky,” California Slavic Colloquium, University of California San Diego, 2012
  • Staging the End of History: Mayakovsky and Kharm, California Slavic Colloquium, Stanford University, 2011
  • Silence about "Silentium!", California Slavic Colloquium, New Takes on Old Texts, University of Southern California, 2010
  • Nabokov and literary migration, Midwest Slavic Conference, Panel on Slavic Linguistics and Ideology, the Ohio State University, 2008.
  • Understanding the Great Sinner in Dostoevskian salvation, Midwest Slavic Conference, the Ohio State University, 2007.
  • The function of Gogolian Absurdity, Midwest Slavic Conference, the Ohio State University, 2006.

BA thesis in Russian literature:

  • Sopostavlenie obrazov intelligenta i prostitutki v russkom literaturnom topose prostitutsii devatnadtsatogo veka: Dostoevskii i Chekhov, Kenyon College, 2007-2008.

BA thesis in English:

  • Nabokov and literary migration, Kenyon College, 2008.

2008: B.A., Kenyon College, Magna Cum Laude, Highest Honors in Modern Languages and Literatures (Russian and French) and distinction in English


Nariman Skakov

portrait: Nariman Skakov

Building 240, Room 107
Phone: 650 724 3073

Office Hours: 
On leave till January 2015
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

Nariman Skakov’s trajectory from a peaceful dweller of the wide and wild steppes of Central Asia to an overworked West-Coast academic included an intermediary stop in the UK, where he studied literary theory and cinema. He has a strong interest in Andrei Platonov, the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky and Rustam Khamdamov, literary theory (Bakhtin and Shklovsky in particular), Moscow conceptualism (Ilya Kabakov, Vladimir Sorokin and Dmitri Aleksandrovich Prigov), intersections between the textual and the visual, and the Soviet 'Orient'. His first monograph (The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time) was published by I.B. Tauris in January, 2012.


D.Phil., Medieval and Modern Languages, University College, Oxford University, 2009.
M.Phil., European Literature, University College, Oxford University, 2006.
Certificate in Philosophy (Visiting student), Wadham College, Oxford University, 2004.

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