B. E. Bensinger Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures
B.A. 1968, Queens College of CUNY (Geology); M.A. 1971, The City College of CUNY (Geology); M.A. 1973, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Comparative Literature); M. A. 1976, Ph. D. 1979, Princeton University (Comparative Literature).
19th and 20th century Russian prose; Tolstoy, Bely, Bunin, Nabokov; Russian émigré literature and culture between the wars; cultural and literary theory; Russian and American relations during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Proseminar; Nabokov; The Divine and the Human in Russian Fiction; Aspects of Turn of the Century Russian Culture; Tolstoy; Russian Émigré Literature and Culture Between the Wars; From Realism to Symbolism.
Selected Recent Publications
The Black Russian, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013. Paperback edition, Grove Press, 2014. Shortlisted for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize (UK); Winner of the Yale MacMillan Center Gustav Ranis International Book Prize.
“La mort de Tolstoï et la presse américaine,” Un autre Tolstoi, ed. Catherine Depretto, Paris: Institut d’études Slaves, 2012, pp. 201-208.
Limits to Interpretation: The Meanings of Anna Karenina, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. Winner of the 2004-2005 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize from the Modern Language Association of America for an outstanding scholarly work in the field of Slavic languages and literatures. Finalist, 2005 Prize for Best Book in Literary or Cultural Studies from AATSEEL.
Work in Progress
The life and times of Boris Savinkov (1879-1925).
Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in Yale College, 2006.