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Dustin Condren



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theater and film
Russian formalism

Dustin Condren

Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures

My work is focused on the intersection of Russian visual and literary culture and specifically on the cinema, broadly defined, as a place to study the movement of texts from graphic and literary forms to visual and audiovisual ones. My dissertation, Cinematic Languages and the Unrealized Film Projects of Sergei Eisenstein, analyzes five of Eisenstein's major articulated but unrealized projects of the late nineteen twenties and early thirties, and uses their non-film archival remnants to both imagine their intended onscreen projection and to probe their failures for insight into the development of the director’s—and the medium’s—expressive possibilities. It is also an examination of the theoretical views of completion and incompletion held by both Eisenstein and those who influenced him.

Recent conference presentations

Le subjectif: Eisenstein, Disney and the Animation of objects.” Invited paper at Sergei Eisenstein and the Play of Objects, Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies (ZeM), Potsdam, Germany, November 22–24, 2018.

“Odd or Even: Eisenstein and Unfinished Work.” Eisenstein for the Twenty-first Century, Monash Centre, Prato, Italy, June, 2018.

“Notes Toward an Untimely Soviet Comedy.” Stanford Film and Media Studies Conference, Stanford University, April 2018.

"'Legends are Forgotten But Songs Remain': Montage Beyond the Frame in Eisenstein’s American Film Projects." Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2018.

“‘Is This Reality or a Dream?’: Eisenstein’s Precariously Comedic MMM.” American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Annual Conference, Washington DC, February 2018.

“‘Mutability is Natural’: Disney, Eisenstein, and Transcendent Form.” Presented at Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 2017.
Published translations

Sergei Eisenstein, The Primal Phenomenon: Art. Edited by Oksana Bulgakowa and Dietmar Hochmuth. Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2017.

Sergei Eisenstein, Disney. Edited by Oksana Bulgakowa and Dietmar Hochmuth. Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2013.

Leo Tolstoy, The Gospel in Brief. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.


Foreword to The Gospel in Brief by Leo Tolstoy. New York: HarperCollins, 2011, vii–xiii.

“John Shade Shaving: Inspiration and Composition in a Selection from Pale Fire.” Nabokov Studies, v. 10, 2006.

“Tolpa/Chern’,” Crowds, eds. Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Tiews. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2006.



2018: Ph.D, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University.
2004: M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University.
2001: B.A., Germanic and Slavic Languages, Theatre and Media Arts (Directing), Brigham Young University.