Nicholas K. Kupensky

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian

Teaching this semester

RUS 2204. Intermediate Russian II

Continuation of Russian 2203. Emphasis on developing proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and on vocabulary development. Builds upon the basic grammatical competencies acquired in first-year Russian and completes a thorough introduction to the case and verbal systems of the language. The course includes multimedia (video and audio) materials. Conversation hour with native speaker.

RUS 2224. Novelizing Nationalism: Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky

Russia is a massive country, and it is no surprise that its novels are equally as large. The masterpieces of nineteenth-century Russian literature not only attempted to represent the vastness of the nation, but also strove to capture what Nikolai Gogol called “the wide, ranging sweep of the Russian character.” Novelists even hoped their works would elevate, enlighten, and transform the country's soul, for, in the words of one of Dostoevsky’s protagonists, “beauty will save the world.” Interrogates the tension between the majesty of the Russian novel and the rise of Russian nationalism by analyzing the literary masterpieces of Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Taught in English.

Teaching next semester

RUS 2203. Intermediate Russian I

Continuation of Russian 1101 and 1102. Emphasis on developing proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and on vocabulary development. Builds upon the basic grammatical competencies acquired in first-year Russian and completes a thorough introduction to the case and verbal systems of the language. The course includes multimedia (video and audio) materials. Conversation hour with native speaker.

RUS 3405. Advanced Russian I

Uses a four-skill approach (reading, writing, listening, speaking), emphasizing these skills' equal importance for free communication in the target language. Course materials focus on topics in nineteenth-century Russian history, advanced grammar concepts, and vocabulary development. While the content of the readings is historical, their language is modern and authentic. Course requirements include oral presentations, written compositions, and oral and written exams. Delivered from Yale University using the telepresence room.

A scholar of Soviet Cultural Studies, his research investigates the intersection of aesthetics, economics, and politics in Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. His book manuscript, Beyond the Rapids: The Art and Politics of the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, explores the art, cinema, and literature about the construction - and destruction - of the first major Soviet building project in southern Ukraine. Also a specialist in Carpatho-Rusyn Studies, he recently launched an initiative in the digital and public humanities, The Emil Kubek Project, which researches and publishes the stories of Slavic immigrants who worked in America's mining industry.

Education

  • Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale
  • M. Phil., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale
  • B.A., Comparative Humanities, Russian, English, Bucknell