Location: Bowdoin / Kristina Toland


Kristina Toland

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Contact Information

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Laura Henry

2010 - Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature. Dissertation: “Russian Autobiographical Discourse: A Changing Medium of Self-Perception” Committee: Andrew Wachtel, Nina Gourianova, Marcus Moseley, Alexander Burry

2007 - M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University, Department of Slavic

Languages and Literature

2003 - M.A. History of Art, The Ohio State University, Department of Art History

2001 - Certificate, Medieval Slavic Studies, Medieval Summer Slavic Institute

1999 - B.A. History of Art (Summa Cum Laude), The Ohio State University, Department of Art History

1994 - Undergraduate Diploma with Distinction, Painting, Moscow College of Applied and Industrial Arts (MKhPU) Moscow, Russia

Journal Articles

“Rozanov’s Prosopopeia: Voices from Beyond the Grave of Autobiography” SEEJ,Summer 2013 (57.2) peer reviewed

Path of Life as Lev Tolstoy’s Prescriptive Spiritual Diaries” Tolstoy Studies Journal, Volume XXIV: 2012 peer reviewed

“The Phenomenology of Kruchenykh’s Futurist Books.” Russian Literature LXV, Elsevier, 2009

Bedbug by V.V. Maiakovskii and the demise of Constructivist Theater.” Chapter in From The Gamblers to Dostoevsky Trip: Intertextuality in Russian Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Kataev, Vladimir and Andrew Wachtel, eds. Moscow: Moscow State UP, 2006, 123-136

Book Reviews:

Barbara Lennkvist [Lönnqvist] Puteshestvie vglub’ romana Lev Tolstoy: Anna Karenina.

(forthcoming in Tolstoy Studies Journal)

Work in Progress

Book Project:Autobiographic Technogenesis: Self as Media (early stage of preparation)

Bound by questions of self, temporality, authenticity of documentation, and textuality, autobiographical writing is a manifestation of the human-technical relationship addressed in the light of growing misgivings about the role of contemporary digital media in relation to both aesthetics and politics of memory. This project demonstrates that technology, regardless of a particular phase in the evolution of material culture, has always been the means of mediating the phenomenological consciousness of the autobiographical subject. I examine autobiographical projects produced in pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia that range from printed texts, films, performances, virtual archives to social media, in order to underscore the vital interdependency of the human and the technical and to show technology as an indispensable prosthetic extension of the autobiographer.

Journal Articles

“Lev Rubinstein’s Nostalgia Performances”

“Charting Rozanov’s Ideas Through Tolstoy’s Path of Life

  • 2012-14 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bowdoin College
  • 2012 Faculty Research Grant, American University of Central Asia
  • 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, American University of Central Asia
  • 2008-09 University Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 2008-09 Conference Travel Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University
  • 2000-01 University Fellowship, The Ohio State University
  • 1999 Stanley J. Kahr Award, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, OSU