Yevgeny A. Slivkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the A. M. Gorky Institute for Literary Studies of the Union of Soviet Writers in Moscow. He worked as a screen writer and a journalist for the Editorial Office of Artistic Broadcasting of the St. Petersburg Television Company. After his move to the USA in 1993 he taught Russian literature and language at Georgetown University and George Washington University in Washington D.C. Upon earning his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he taught Russian literature and language at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and upper-division Russian language courses and Russian area studies at the Defense Language Institute in California. Currently he teaches Russia literature and language in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of several collections of poetry published in Russia and a number of scholarly articles in American, European, and Russian professional academic journals. He is working on the monograph "The Genesis and Variations of the Image of the Medieval Knight in Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century" for which he made preliminary research in his doctoral dissertation. Summer 2011 is Yevgeny’s forth season at Middlebury.
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RUSS 6667 - The Russian Fairy Tale
The Russian Fairy Tale: Fools, Villains, Magic Helpers and Their Use in Soviet Culture)
This seminar introduces students to the structural classification of Russian fairy tales and then focuses on the techniques Russian writers and filmmakers of different ideological persuasions and different periods of Soviet history use to harness the fairy tale's narratives, stylistics, and protagonists for the purpose of promoting or undermining Soviet values and mentalities.Civ Cul & Soc Literature