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Submit your essay for the Irwin Weil 2021 Slavic Essay Contest!

Irwin Weil Award for Outstanding Slavic Essay 2020/2021
 Prize winner(s) will receive a gift card valued at $150

The Slavic Department is inviting submissions for our annual Essay Award!

Any student who took a Slavic course this year at Northwestern may submit an original essay or research paper written for such a course during the Spring Quarter 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021.  It is also possible to submit papers that have been already graded from Spring 2021.  (Other papers from Spring 2021 may be considered next year.)

Download the Contest Instructions as a Word doc here.
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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate Highlight

 

Slavic Undergrad Study in Russia

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We are happy to announce Alisher Juzgenbayev is the winner of the 2021 Slavic Radulovacki Grant to support his study of Ukrainian at the 2021 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute! Alisher is a first-year JD/Ph.D. student at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law and Political Science Department. He studies comparative law and politics in countries of the Former Soviet Union. He is interested in the relationships between politicians, judges, and the legal profession in Ukraine, where he also plans to conduct field research. Congratulations, Alisher!

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Graduate Highlight

 

Dr. Polina Maksimovich (left) completed her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures in August.  Her dissertation, “Performing Suicide: Transformation of the Superfluous Man in Soviet Drama,” analyzes the use of fake suicide as a dramatic and theatrical device for character development, in which the character’s self-identity is rerouted through the author’s perception of the self.  Her research focuses on three distinctive 20th-century plays by Iurii Olesha, Nikolai Erdman and Aleksandr Vampilov to develop a more comprehensive concept of the dramatic protagonist in Soviet drama based on Olesha’s metaphor of the beggar.  Her publication in AvtobiografiЯ journal examines the trajectory of Olesha’s presentation of the self in the context of the stylistic evolution of his ‘beggar character’ in drama.  She is a Part-time Instructor of Russian at Loyola University Chicago, where she has taught Russian language and literature since 2017.

Dr. Katherine Bowers (right) received her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern in 2011.  She is Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, The University of British Columbia, where she has tenure.  Her monograph, Writing Fear: Russian Realism and the Gothic (University of Toronto Press, under contract), examines the way Russian realist writers used narrative models from European gothic fiction in their work. She is working on two collaborative projects with Kate Holland (Toronto): Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming), an edited volume to mark Dostoevsky’s bicentenary in 2021, and Digital Dostoevsky, a SSHRC-funded digital humanities project investigating Dostoevsky’s corpus. She is the Vice-President of the North American Dostoevsky Society and serves as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Slavists.

Our Programs

 

Undergraduate

Welcome to Slavic Languages and Literatures!  We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced Russian and Polish (and, less often, beginning and intermediate Czech), in addition to Russian and East European literature and film courses.  Many of our students are double majors, or are pursuing a minor in Russian and East European Studies to complement their studies.  Many of our majors and minors have studied abroad in Russia, Poland or the Czech Republic.

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Graduate

Our PhD program ranks among the best in the country!  We offer individual attention and the opportunity to pursue a personalized program by way of coursework taken outside the department.  Students specialize in Russian literature, but our faculty also includes specialists in Polish, Czech and South Slavic literatures and cultures.  Our greatest strengths are in Russian prose and poetry, literary theory, and in the social and intellectual context of literary works.

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News and Events

 

Recent Publication

 
How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Writers New Directions
In this witty “how-to” guide, Wislawa Szymborska has nothing but sympathy for the labors of would-be writers.  This delightful compilation, translated by the peerless Clare Cavanagh, will delight readers and writers alike: "Perhaps you could learn to love in prose?"

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Recent Publication

 
Economists Should Read Great Literature, according to Morson and Schapiro

Professor Saul Morson's new book, co-authored by Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, has received rave reviews, including from The Washington Post. Cents and Sensibility explains that economists should read great literature and learn from the humanities, not just mathematics.

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