Alina Wyman

Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature - Gender Studies - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs - Russian Language and Literature

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Associate Professor of Russian

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Alina Wyman specializes in 19th century Russian literature and 20th century critical theory. She is especially interested in the intersection of literature and philosophy. Her current work focuses on interpreting and extending the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin and using them in innovative literary analysis.

She has published articles on Bakhtin, Dostoevsky and Gogol and is preparing a publication on Tolstoy’s controversial novella The Kreutzer Sonata. She is currently completing her first book, The Age of Empathy: Scheler, Bakhtin and Dostoevsky.

In addition to teaching all levels of Russian language, Professor Wyman offers a variety of courses in Russian literature and culture.

Recent Courses
Feodor Dostoevsky: The Major Novels
Beginning Russian I
Women in Russian Literature
Beginning Russian II
Intermediate Russian II

Selected Publications
“Bakhtin and Scheler: Toward a Theory of Active Understanding.”  Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 86, no 1, January 2008: pp. 58-89.

“The Specter of Freedom: Ressentiment and Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground.”  Studies in East European Thought (2007) 59:  pp.119-140.

“Gogol’s Urban Labyrinth: The Treatment of Space in Nevsky Prospekt.”  Poetics. Self. Place. Essays in Honor of Anna Lisa Crone.  Ed. Nicole Boudreau, Sarah Krive and Catherine O’Neil.  Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2007.  pp. 737-762.