Dostoevsky

Nancy Ruttenburg

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Contact: 

Building 460, Room 418
Phone: 650 725 1644
ruttenburg@stanford.edu

 

Nancy Ruttenburg is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature in the English Department at Stanford. She also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.  She received the PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford (1988) and taught at Harvard, Berkeley, and most recently at NYU, where she was chair of the Department of Comparative Literature from 2002-2008.  

Her research interests lie at the intersection of political, religious, and literary expression in colonial through antebellum America and nineteenth-century Russia, with a particular focus on the development of liberal and non-liberal forms of democratic subjectivity.  Related interests include history of the novel, novel theory, and the global novel; philosophy of religion and ethics; and problems of comparative method, especially as they pertain to North American literature and history.

Prof. Ruttenburg is the author of Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship (Stanford UP, 1998) and Dostoevsky's Democracy (Princeton UP, 2008), and she has recently written on the work of J. M. Coetzee and on Melville’s “Bartleby.”  Books in progress include a study of secularization in the postrevolutionary United States arising out of the naturalization of “conscience” as inalienable right, entitled Conscience, Rights, and 'The Delirium of Democracy'; and a comparative work entitled  Dostoevsky And for which the Russian writer serves as a lens on the historical development of a set of intercalated themes in the literature of American modernity.  These encompass self-making and self-loss (beginning with Frederick Douglass's serial autobiographies); sentimentalism and sadism (in abolitionist fiction); crime and masculinity (including Mailer's The Executioner's Song); and the intersection of race, religious fundamentalism, and radical politics (focusing on the works of James Baldwin and Marilynne Robinson).  Her courses will draw from both these projects.  

Prof. Ruttenburg is past president of the Charles Brockden Brown Society and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, a University of California President's Research Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council for Russian and East European Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

Education: 

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 1988
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1980

Nancy Ruttenburg

portrait:
Contact: 

Building 460, Room 418
Phone: 650 725 1644
ruttenburg@stanford.edu

Nancy Ruttenburg is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature in the English Department at Stanford. She also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.  She received the PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford (1988) and taught at Harvard, Berkeley, and most recently at NYU, where she was chair of the Department of Comparative Literature from 2002-2008.  

Her research interests lie at the intersection of political, religious, and literary expression in colonial through antebellum America and nineteenth-century Russia, with a particular focus on the development of liberal and non-liberal forms of democratic subjectivity.  Related interests include history of the novel, novel theory, and the global novel; philosophy of religion and ethics; and problems of comparative method, especially as they pertain to North American literature and history.

Prof. Ruttenburg is the author of Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship (Stanford UP, 1998) and Dostoevsky's Democracy (Princeton UP, 2008), and she has recently written on the work of J. M. Coetzee and on Melville’s “Bartleby.”  Books in progress include a study of secularization in the postrevolutionary United States arising out of the naturalization of “conscience” as inalienable right, entitled Conscience, Rights, and 'The Delirium of Democracy'; and a comparative work entitled  Dostoevsky And for which the Russian writer serves as a lens on the historical development of a set of intercalated themes in the literature of American modernity.  These encompass self-making and self-loss (beginning with Frederick Douglass's serial autobiographies); sentimentalism and sadism (in abolitionist fiction); crime and masculinity (including Mailer's The Executioner's Song); and the intersection of race, religious fundamentalism, and radical politics (focusing on the works of James Baldwin and Marilynne Robinson).  Her courses will draw from both these projects.  

Prof. Ruttenburg is past president of the Charles Brockden Brown Society and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, a University of California President's Research Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council for Russian and East European Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

Education: 

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 1988
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1980

Joseph Frank

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In Memoriam.

(1918-2013)

A memorial for Professor Frank will be held at The Stanford Humanities Center on Monday, May 20, at 4:00 PM.

 

Joseph Frank's obituaries:

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/march/joseph-frank-obit-030713.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/arts/joseph-frank-biographer-of-dostoevsky-dies-at-94.html

 

 

 


 

Joseph Frank’s first book of essays, The Widening Gyre (1963) contained an article called "Spatial Form in Modern Literature" dealing with the aesthetics of the modern novel that attracted a good bit of attention and led to the beginning of his academic career. He then became interested in Russian literature and focused his attention on Dostoevskys' Notes from the Underground, which then led him into a lifelong study of the works of Dostoevsky.

Between 1976 and 2002 he wrote five volumes, each devoted to Dostoevsky's life and work and particularly focusing on the ideological and cultural-historical sources of his creations. Each of these volumes won a national literary award (Christian Gauss Award (twice), National Book Critics Circle Award, a Russian Etkind Prize of the University of St. Petersburg).  In 1990-1991, he also published two volumes of essays, Through the Russian Prism, and The Idea of Spatial Form.

Since then he has published a volume of essays and book reviews dealing with works in Russian literature (Between Religion and Rationality) and is waiting to receive galleys for a collection of the same type dealing with non-Slavic material. His 5-volume work on Dostoevsky has just (2010) been revised and published as one volume.

Honors

Efim Etkind Prize for the best book about Russian Literature and Culture by a Western Scholar, European University in Saint-Petersburg, 2006
Docteur Honoris Causa, Sorbonne University, 1999
Honorary Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998
Honorary Ph.D., Adelphi University, 1995
Honorary Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1992
Research Grant, National Endowment for Humanities, 1990-9
James Russell Lowell Prize, M.L.A., 1977, 1986
National Book Critics Circle Award, 1984
Guggenheim Fellow, 1956-57, 1975-76
Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language(s): 
Russian
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