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Evan Alterman

Ph.D student in Slavic Languages and Literatures

At present (or at least since I last updated this page), I like thinking about:
-empire, ethnography, and folklore (i.e. as an aesthetic and technique)
-hybridity, alterity, and marginality (especially as reflected in the works of Vladimir Korolenko)
-interactions between the Russian and Ottoman Empires / early USSR and Turkish Republic
-Soviet "culture brigades" as agents of soft power abroad (Shostakovich in Turkey) and as catalysts for creating national literatures and canons in Central Asia (Platonov in Turkmenistan)
-queer readings of Freemasonry in late 19th century Russian literature (Tolstoy, Pisemsky)
-kitsch 

Education

2017 - ??!!: Ph.D (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Stanford University
2008: A.B. (Slavic Studies and French Language, Literature, and Culture), Brown University
Honors thesis submitted to Slavic department: “At the Intersection of Socialism, Nationalism and Identity: The Life and Work of Mirsaid Sultan-Galiev”
 

Other Information

2012-2013: Fulbright Research Grant, St. Petersburg State University (Russian Federation)
Research topic: Turkic influences and motifs as reflected in Russian folklore and letters
2008: Critical Language Scholarship, Turkish (Alanya, Turkey)