Molly Brunson

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Associate Professor on Term, Slavic Lang & Lit
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627

B.A. 2000 (Art History), Columbia University; M.A. 2004, Ph.D. 2009 (Slavic Languages and Literatures), University of California, Berkeley

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian prose; history of Russian art from eighteenth century to present; theories of realism and the avant-garde; theories of the novel; interart studies; representations of the city, country, and space

Current Courses
The Arts in Russia from Reform to Revolution (graduate); Russian Realist Literature and Painting (graduate); Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the Novel (graduate); Studies in the Novel: Dostoevsky; Russian and Soviet Art, 1757–Present; The Living Dead in Literature; The Fantastic in Russian Artistic Culture; City and Country in the Novel; Masterpieces of Russian Literature I; Literature and Painting in the Age of Tolstoy

Current Projects

Russian Realisms: Literature and Painting, 1840–1890. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2016.

The Russian Point of View: Perspective and the Birth of Modern Russian Culture (book manuscript in progress).

“Dostoevsky’s Realist Paragone: Word, Image, and Fantastic Ekphrasis in The Idiot.” Slavic and East European Journal 60, no. 3 (Fall 2016): forthcoming.

 “A Light on the Road: Oleg Vassiliev and Painterly Space.” In Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light, 18-25. New Brunswick: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, 2014.

“Painting History, Realistically.” In From Realism to the Silver Age: New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture, edited by Rosalind P. Blakesley and Margaret Samu, 94-110. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.

“Wandering Greeks: How Repin Discovers the People.” Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space 2 (2012): 83-111.

“Panorama P’era: Opticheskaia illiuziia i illiuziia romana v Voine i mire” (“Pierre’s Panorama: Optical and Novelistic Illusion in War and Peace”). In Lev Tolstoi i mirovaia literatura: Materialy V Mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii, edited by Galina Alekseeva, 80-90. Tula: Iasnaia Poliana Press, 2008.

“Polet nad Moskvoi: Vid s vozdukha i reprezentatsiia prostranstva v Mastere i Margarite Bulgakova” (“Flying over Moscow: Aerial Perspectives and Spatial Representation in Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita”). Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 76 (2005): 173-95.

Recent Honors

2016       Clark Fellowship, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

2016       A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Grant, Yale University

2015       First Book Subvention Award, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

2015       Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award, College Art Association

2015       Frederick W. Hilles Publication Fund, Yale University

2013       Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching in Yale College

2012       A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Grant, Yale University

Events Organized

The Russian Century: The Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, 18011917. International Conference, Yale University, Fall 2016. Funded by a Carnegie Foundation Grant and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, sponsored by the Russian Studies Program of the Yale European Studies Council.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Russian Art. Lecture Series, Yale University, Spring 2013. Funded by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund and the Department of the History of Art.

Working Group on Interdisciplinarity in Slavic Studies. Yale University, 2012–Present. Sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center.

Art in Russia, 1770­–1920. Symposium, Yale University, April 2011. Funded by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship, the European Studies Council, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of the History of Art.