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Laura A. Beraha

Associate Professor 
BA, MA, PhD (McGill)

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514-398-4400 ext. 09478

laura [dot] beraha [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)

Educated at McGill and Moscow. Specializing in Russian 20th century literature, narrative and genre theory. Russian-language instruction on all levels, interactive and communicative competence approach, text analysis, applied translation theory. Undergraduate courses in Russian 20th century literature in the original and in English translation; culture from Peter the Great; readings in Russian 19th century literature. Graduate seminar in Russian literary theory.

Anna Berman

Associate Professor
BA (Brown), MPhil (Cambridge), MA, PhD (Princeton)

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514-398-4400 ext. 094513

anna [dot] berman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)

Professor Berman's primary area of research is the family in the nineteenth-century novel, with a focus on Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.  She is interested in literary depictions of siblinghood, kinship, and forms of love that provide an alternative to the standard romantic love/marriage plot.  Berman also studies Russian opera, with a particular interest in adaptations of literary texts.  Her teaching focuses on nineteenth-century Russian literature and opera. 

Luidmila Klimanova 

Faculty Lecturer (as of August 1, 2013)
MA (Iowa)

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Lyudmila Parts

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
MA and PhD (Columbia)

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514-398-4400 ext. 09477

lyudmila [dot] parts [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)

Professor Parts' book The Chekhovian Intertext: Dialogue with a Classic” (Ohio State UP, 2008) explores the intersection of intertextuality, cultural memory, and cultural myth. Her edited volume The Twentieth Century Russian Short Story: A Critical Companion (Academic Studies Press, 2009) assembles some of the most representative articles on the best of Russian short stories. Research and teaching interests include 19th century literature, Chekhov, post-Soviet literature, genre theory, and cultural representations of nationalism. She has published articles on Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstaya, Petrushevskaya, P'etsukh, Pelevin, and, more recently, on the provincial myth and national identity. She is currently working on a book on Russian symbolic geography and the provincial topos in contemporary Russian culture.


Paul M. Austin

Associate Professor Retired as of June 1, 2010
MA (Cornell), BA, PhD (Toronto)

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paul [dot] austin [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)

Professor Austin specializes in late 18th and early 19th century literature. At the undergraduate level, Professor Austin covers Russian writers of the 19th century as well as Russian literature from the Crimean War (1856) to the Revolution of 1917. He also teaches upper level undergraduate courses on the prose works of Gogol, Pushkin, Lermontov, etc. At the graduate level, Professor Austin offers seminars on Russian Romanticism and the Development of Russian Literary Criticism. His research interests include Soviet Karelian, and post-Soviet linguistic policy in Karelia and Russian Romanticism.