Rebecca Jane Stanton

Slavic Department, Columbia University

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Teaching Portfolio

Language teaching materials and evaluations

Video of my "Literature and Revolution" class

Video of me talking about teaching with the game-based "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy on the official RTTP YouTube channel (I also appear in this video, "The Faculty Perspective").

Author Page

[choral works, mostly Russian]

From Athens 403 B.C. to Manhattan 2011, a post I wrote for the Barnard website connecting First-Year Seminar teaching to the wider world




Open letter to a graduate school applicant (advice on writing the personal statement)

MLA Slavic blog

Ulbandus, The Slavic Review of Columbia University

The Birch, Columbia's undergraduate journal of Slavic culture, literature and politics

Columbia University Slavic Department

favorite links

[tools] (Cyrillic-Roman/ Roman-Cyrillic Converter) (online Russian dictionary)

Ukrainian-English dictionary

[fine arts]

New Zealand String Quartet

The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

The Tret'iakovsky Gallery, Moscow

The Andy Warhol Museum

Russian Chamber Chorus of New York



post | Slavic Dept., Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 2839, New York, NY 10027

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face to face | Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am, and by appointment, in 715 Hamilton Hall

 [official interests]

modern Russian literature the long 1920s (1917-34) magic in literature auto/biography and first-person narrative poetics of place post-coloniality and ethnic studies minority literatures, especially of the Russian Far East and North

 [unofficial interests]

English Renaissance poetry Radio Four avant-garde theatre genre fiction modern art historical linguistics virtual communities mediaeval mystic nuns fandom cricket

 [currently working on]

  • a book about magic in Soviet fiction (working title Zhivago's Magpies: Magic and Modernity in Soviet Literature). Magic as theme, as trope perhaps?, as a mechanism that might even be working right there in the pages of the narrative. But most of all, magic as a kind of philosophical category, one that is always only-just “on the wrong side of the tracks,” peeking across its shared boundaries with rhetoric, with science, with religion, with politics, with art. Here's an abstract.

  • a couple of articles about Odessa and the Odessan Russian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel, following up on my book, Isaac Babel and the Self-Invention of Odessan Modernism.

  • preliminary research for my next project, a book-length study (or perhaps a series of articles) on the role of writers from the "small peoples" of Russia's Far East and North in shaping Soviet and post-Soviet literature.

 [currently teaching]

 [other courses taught]

Russian language courses:

  • Elementary Russian I and II
  • Intermediate Russian I and II
  • Twentieth-Century Prose Writers (a "language through content" seminar on short works of the 1920s, in Russian)

Courses in Russian literature and culture:

  • Literature, Politics, and Tradition After Stalin (graduate seminar)
  • A Revolution in Literature, 1917-1934 (graduate seminar)
  • The Discourse of Self in Russia & the West (graduate seminar, cross-listed with Comparative Literature)
  • Legacies of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union (interdisciplinary colloquium, co-taught with a social scientist; cross-listed with History and Political Science)
  • Literature & Revolution (undergraduate survey of 20th century Russian literature, in English)
  • Senior Seminar for Russian Majors (undergraduate thesis seminar)
  • Supervised Individual Research (BA and MA level)

Comparative Literature courses:

  • Race, Ethnicity, Narrative in the Russian/Soviet Empire (open to graduates and undergraduates; crosslisted with Ethnic Studies and Global Core)
  • Magic and Modernity (open to graduates and undergraduates)
  • Imagining the Self (undergraduate course)

First-Year Seminars and Core Curriculum

College-level courses for high school students

  • Reacting to the Past: Greenwich Village, 1913.  Harlem Educational Activities Fund, supported by a grant from the Teagle Foundation.  Co-taught with Laurie Postlewate  (Fall 2012, Fall 2013).
  • What Is Great Literature? Columbia Summer Program for High School Students (2000).

 [selected publications]

Isaac Babel and the Self-Invention of Odessan Modernism.  Northwestern University Press, 2012.

Articles and Book Chapters:

For a complete list of my publications, please download my CV (PDF).