Constantine Muravnik

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Sr Lector II Slavic Languages & Literatures
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627

Ph.D. 2010, Yale University
M. A. 2002, Yale University
B. A. 1992, Moscow State University

Second language acquisition and multimedia teaching materials
Nabokov’s art and thought
Philosophical aspects of literature
Russian poetry

Current Courses and Programs
First, Second, and Third-Year Russian, Intensive Russian (First and Second Year),  Russian L5: Russian for Literary and Cultural Interpretation, Discussion Sections in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Business Russian (Tutorial), Selected Works of Russian Literature in the Original (Tutorial); Yale Summer Session at Yale and in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Doctoral Dissertation: Nabokov’s Philosophy of Art. Yale University, 2010.

Complete Russian Course: The Basics. New York: Living Language, Random House: 2008

 “Choosing the Hero: Nabokov’s Short Story ‘Recruiting’ as an Introduction to his Aesthetics” (pp. 61-84).  Russian Literature, Number 64, 2008.

 “Mme Lecerf, If I’m Not Mistaken?..” (An article on the biographic method of V. Nabokov and the identity of Mme Lecerf in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.) The Nabokovian, Number 43, Fall 1999.


 “Nietzsche’s Eternal Recurrence and Nabokov’s Cosmic Synchronization: Setting up the Problem of Pure Aesthetics.”

32th Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference. The New School, New York. April 4, 2009.

“Poetry as Salvation:  Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading and Mandelshtam’s “Ja slovo pozabyl, chto ja xotel skazat’…” (The Best Essay Prize)

31th Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference.  Columbia University. March 31, 2008.

“Tolstoy and Schopenhauer: Freedom, Necessity, Character, Love, and Ethics.”

29th Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference.  Fordham University. April 1, 2006.

 “Intimations of the Metaphysical in Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ and Nabokov’s ‘Pale Fire.’”National Convention of AAASS, Toronto, Canada. November 20, 2003.


 The CLS Instructional Innovation Grant (Yale University) for development of a computerized News Program for Third Year Russian, summer 2000.

Textbook Editing

 Russian for Beginners, Complete Course, Living Language. New York, NY: Random House, Inc., June 2004.

Ultimate Russian, Advanced Coursebook, Living Language. New York, NY: Random House, Inc., June 2003.

Ultimate Russian, Basic-Intermediate Coursebook for Beginners. Living Language. New York, NY: Random House, Inc., May 2003.