Russian Language & Literature

Русский язык и русская литература в Рид–колледже


Evgenii BershteinEvgenii V. Bershtein

Associate Professor of Russian

Evgenii V. Bershtein grew up in Leningrad, USSR. He studied Russian literature and linguistics at Tartu University, Estonia, and received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. He has published extensively on eighteenth-century Russian literature, contemporary Russian literature, and Russian Symbolist culture. His recent publications include the following essays and book chapters: "Psychopathia Sexualis in Fin-de-Siècle Russia: Politics and Genre," "Two Short Essays on the Cult of Otto Weininger in Russia," " 'The Withering of Private Life': Walter Benjamin in Moscow," "'Next to Christ': Oscar Wilde in Russian Modernism," and "An Englishman in the Russian Bathhouse: Mikhail Kuzmin's Wings and the Russian Tradition of Homoerotic Writing."

Evgenii Bershtein has been teaching at Reed since 1999. He offers courses in twentieth-century Russian literature, Russian and European Symbolism, Soviet and post-Soviet culture, Pushkin, and Tolstoy. He also teaches intermediate and advanced Russian. Professor Bershtein was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute for Russian Studies, Columbia University (2001 - 2002) and a Kone Fellow at the Helsinki University Collegium for Advanced Studies (the summers of 2004 and 2005). He is currently revising his book manuscript on Symbolist sexuality and working on a new project devoted to Sergei Eisenstein.

Zhenya's recent essays, available online
Zhenya's pictures from Siberia, Summer 2012

Marat GrinbergMarat Grinberg

Associate Professor of Russian and Humanities

Marat Grinberg, Associate Professor of Russian and Humanities and current chair of the department of Russian, has been teaching at Reed since 2006. He holds a BA in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2006. Professor Grinberg specializes in Russian Jewish literature and culture, Russian and European Modernism, Soviet literature, poetics and cinema studies.

He is the author of "I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left": The Poetics of Boris Slutsky (Academic Studies Press, 2011, 2013) and a co-editor of the forthcoming Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen (Brandeis University Press, 2013). His current book length project is the investigation of Jewishness and intertextuality in cinema. Marat Grinberg regularly offers comparative seminars in Jewish literature as well as courses in Russian poetry and 19th century Russian prose. He also teaches and lectures in HUM 110.

For a review of Marat Grinberg's book, see

Marat Grinberg's essay on the Holocaust in Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence de la mer

Lena M. Lencek

Professor of Russian and Humanities

Lena M. Lencek, born in Trieste of Slovene parents and educated at Barnard College and Harvard University, is Professor of Russian and Humanities. She offers courses in her special areas of interest: medieval East Slavic literature; Russian romanticism in its west European context; Russian modernism; and literary theory (formalism, structuralism, semiotics). She has offered "special topics" seminars on South and West Slavic literatures ; the culture of the book in Russia; prose of the 1920s; Russian theater of the avant-garde; epic poetry of the Russian Revolution; Russian religious culture; the Russian short story; and offers instruction in Old Church Slavonic.

Her research and publications extend beyond Slavic philology. She is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Frozen Music: A History of Portland Architecture (The Press of the Oregon Historical Society, 1985), Making Waves: Swimsuits and the Undressing of America (Chronicle Books, 1988), The Beach: A History of Paradise on Earth (Viking/Penguin, 1998, 1999) a 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Beaches (Chronicle, 2000); Beach: Stories by the Sand and Sea (Marlowe Books, 2000); Sail Away: Stories of Escaping to Sea (Marlowe Books, 2001); Escape: Stories of Getting Away (Marlowe Books, 2002); Pilgrimage (Chronicle, 2003); Off the Wall ( Chronicle, 2004); Dynamic Wave Theory (Booth Cliborn/Abrams, 2006).

Several television documentaries have developed from Lencek's publications; these include: Nothing to Hide (Australia: Beyond Productions for Discovery Channel); Beach Crazy (Los Angeles: Termite Productions for Arts and Entertainment ;) Technological Beach (for History Channel ) , and, for the History Channel, the two-hour documentary based on The Beach. A History of Paradise on Earth. She has also been radio columnist for Canadian Public Broadcasting and has contributed to "The Savvy Traveler", National Public Radio, and other NPR venues.