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Lyudmila Parts

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Professor (Sabbatical Leave 2022-2023)

Lyudmila Parts
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680 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2M7

514-398-4400 Ext 09477
Sabbatical Leave 2022-2023
Research areas: 
Russian Studies

Associate Professor, MA and PhD (Columbia) [at]

Lyudmila Parts' latest book In Search of the True Russia. The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse (Wisconsin UP, 2018) examines how the provincial myth determines the discursive practices and symbolic codes of the contemporary nationalist discourse in Russia. The Chekhovian Intertext: Dialogue with a Classic (Ohio State UP, 2008) looks into 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 and 20th century literature, Chekhov, post-Soviet literature, cultural representations of nationalism, genre theory, the travelogue, and symbolic geography. She has published articles on Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstaya, Petrushevskaya, P'etsukh, Pelevin, and, more recently, on the provincial myth and national identity. Her current research project is on the micro-encounters and the narrator in the Russian travelogue.


Selected publications: 


In Search of the True Russia. The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2018

The Russian 20th Century Short Story: A Critical Companion. Edited and with an introduction. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2009.

The Chekhovian Intertext: Dialogue with a Classic. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2008.

Refereed publications:

“’How is Voronezh not Paris?’ City Branding in the Russian Provinces.” In Russia's Regional Identities: The Power of the Provinces. Ed. Edith Clowes Gisela Erbslöh, and Ani Kokobobo. London, New York: Routledge, 2018.

“The Russian Provinces as a Cultural Myth.” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 10:3 (2016): 200-205.

“Chekhov's Seagull in Postmodern Times: Boris Akunin and Tennessee Williams.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Chekhov. Ed. Michael Holquist, Michael Finke. New York: MLA, 2016: 106-113.

“Boris Akunin’s Postmodern Chaika.” Russian Literature 82 (2016): 37-47.

“Topography of Post-Soviet Nationalism: the Provinces – the Capital – the West.” Slavic Review 74: 3 (Fall 2015): 508-528.

“That wheel could get it as far as Moscow?” the Provincial Myth on the Path to National Identity” // “Доедет то колесо, если б случилось, в Москву?’: провинциальный миф на пути к национальному самоопределению.” Александр Эткинд, Дирк Уффельман и Илья Кукулин, ред. Там Внутри. Практики внутренней колонизации в культурной истории России. Москва: Новое Литературное Обозрение, 2012: 731-759.

“Moscow as the Occidental City.” Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie 68: 1 (2011): 197-214.

“‘В овраге’ (In the Ravine): Čechov’s Conscience vs. Dostoevskij’s Faith.” Russian Literature LXVIII - III/IV (2010): 369-387.

“A Principal Christian Emotion: Pity in Crime and Punishment.” Dostoevsky Studies, Special Issue Forum: Dostoevsky and Christianity 13 (2009): 61-76.

“Polyphonic Plot Structure of Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband.” Slavic and East European Journal 50: 4 (2006): 607-620.

“Down the Intertextual Lane: Petrushevskaya, Chekhov, Tolstoy.” Russian Review 64: 1 (2005): 77-89.

“Degradation of the Word, or the Adventures of an Intelligent in Viktor Pelevin’s Generation ‘P’.” Canadian Slavonic Papers XLVI: 3-4 (2004): 435-449.

"Chekhov, Literature and the Intelligentsia in Viacheslav P'etsukh's Stories," Slavic and East European Journal 46: 2 (2002): 301-317.

"Pushkin and Company: from Myth to Text in Today's Russia," Russian Literature, Amsterdam LII-IV (2002): 457-470.

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