Vladimir Alexandrov, PhD

  • B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Research summary

Studies in the Novel: Tolstoy; Aspects of Turn-of-the-Century Russia; Nabakov; Tolstoy and Dostoevsky; the Divine and the Human in Russian Fiction; Turn of the Century Russian Prose; Tolstoy; Russian Émigré Literature and Culture Between Wars

Education
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1979
  • MA, Princeton University, 1976
  • MA, University of Massachussetts, 1973
  • MA, The City College of C.U.N.Y., 1971
  • BA, Queens College of C.U.N.Y., 1968
Publications
  • The Black Russian, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013. This is the remarkable story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of former slaves in Mississippi who moved to Europe in 1894, became a millionaire in tsarist Moscow, and then reinvented himself as the "Sultan of Jazz" in Constantinople, where he died in 1928. Although famous during his lifetime, he is now virtually forgotten.
  • "Nabokov and Tolstoi: Notes on Allusions and Parallels." Nabokov's World. Volume 1 of The Shape of Nabokov's World. Ed. J. Grayson, et al. London: Palgrave, 2002. 58-70.
  • "Drugost', germenevticheskie ukazateli, i granitsy interpretatsii." Voprosy literatury. (Moscow, Russia), 2002.
  • "The Forth Dimension of Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark." Proceedings of the International Centennial Conference on Vladimir Nabakov at Cornell University. Ed. G. Shapiro. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2002
  • "Dialogue and Rousseau in Fonvizin's The Minor." Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. Ed. Michael L. LaBlanc. New York: Thomson Gale, 2003. 207-15.
  • "Literariness, the Sacred and the Brain," La Conoscenza della Letteratura/The Knowledge of Literature. Vol. VI. Ed. Angela Locatelli. Bergamo (ITaly): Bergamo University Press/Edizioni Sestante, 2007. pp. 107-22.
  • "Literature, Literariness and the Brain," Comparative Literature, Spring 2007, Vol. 59, No. 2. pp. 97-118.
  • Limits in Interpretation: The Meanings in Anna Karenina. Madison: U Wisconsin P, 2004.
International activities
  • The Black Russian
    Russia (2006-2013)
    The Black Russian, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013. This is the remarkable story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of former slaves in Mississippi who moved to Europe in 1894, became a millionaire in tsarist Moscow, and then reinvented himself as the "Sultan of Jazz" in Constantinople, where he died in 1928. Although famous during his lifetime, he is now virtually forgotten. URL: www.valexandrov.com

Honors
  • Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in Yale College
  • Hilles Publication Grant
  • International Research and Exchange Board Travel Grant
Services
  • Member
    European Studies Council
  • Organizing Committee, Conference on the 300th anniversary of the Founding of St. Petersburg, Russia (2003), Beinecke Library
    Yale University
Languages
French, German, Russian