Senior Thesis Projects in Russian Language & Literature

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It is required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it is demanding, it is also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Russian Language & Literature:

“Authority and Authorship: The Plight of the Artist in Vladimir Nabokov’s Despair and Invitation to a Beheading” by Samantha Hannah
“Gogol’s ‘Shinel’ in English: A Commentary and Translation” by Morgan Shafter

“Reading and Writing in Invitation to a Beheading” by Lily Carbone

“‘You always see something, but you never see all’: Narrative Devices and the Reader’s Role in James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Andrey Bely’s Kotik Letaev” by Jacqueline Aldrich

“Schillerian Ideals in The Robbers and in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment” by Daniela Rizzo

The New Capitalism: Cultural Transitions Seen in the Works of Victor Pelevin” by Jesse Brown O'Dell

Between Two Worlds: Internalized Anti-Semitism in Isaac Babel's Short Fiction” by Melissa Yael Jacobowitz

Something Borrowed, Something New: Traditions, Cliches, and Symbolism in Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces” by Chelsea Evangeline Famiglio

A Dark, Constraining Silence: The Relationship between Writing and Identity in Selected Works of Ludmila Petrushevskaya and Anna Akhmatova's Requiem” by Benjamin Estes

Dream Sequences and Subjective Reality in Two Short Stories by Victor Pelevin” by Jeffrey Riggs

Children's Pronoun Case Overextentions in Russian” by Alexandra V. Hartman

International Trafficking of Russian Women for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation” by Rebecca Schaaf

A Translation of Dina Rubina's Kamera Naezzhaet and Critical Essays” by Kelly Singer

What is to Be Done? The Question Revisited” by Todd Allen

A Quest for Proximity: Dismantling the Barriers Surrounding Joseph Brodsky's Russian Verse” by J. Martin Daughtry

The Failed Russification of Soviet Central Asia: A Study in Cultural Manipulation” by Maria Fernandez

The Poet and the Muse by Leonid Vinogradov: Translation and Production” by John Wesley Hill

Green Girls and their Men (poems) and The Poetry of Boris Pasternak, an essay with translations” by Karen Volkman

By Mutual Correspondence” by Laura Dane Johnston

The Two Comrades, a Translation by Christian Williamson of the Povest', Dva Tovarisca, by Vladimir Voinovich” by Christian Williamson

The City as a Setting: Paris and St. Petersburg (A Comparative Study of Balzac and Dostoevsky)” by Claire M. Batutis

Original Translations with a Comparative Survey Dealing with Four Translations of Selected Passages of Dostoevsky's Notes From the Underground” by Bonnie Simmons

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary in Power” by Tom Groenfeldt

Handbook of Poetry for Intermediate Russian Students” by Eileen Murphy

Translation of V. M. Garshin” by Karen Vaughan

[Did you know?]

Six students received Fulbright awards for study and research in Germany, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and Sweden in 2013, and four were awarded in 2012. A record eight students received Fulbrights in the previous year for Namibia, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Germany, Mexico and Malaysia.

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