Russian Language & Literature

Русский язык и русская литература в Рид–колледже

Evgenii V. Bershtein

Professor of Russian


Russian Symbolism, the semiotics of Soviet culture, gender and sexuality in Russian culture, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Eisenstein.

MA 1990 Tartu University, Estonia.
PhD 1998 University of California, Berkeley.
Reed College 1999–.

Evgenii (Zhenya) Bershtein grew up in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, and graduated from Tartu University (Estonia). His PhD is from UC Berkeley. He has held research fellowships at Columbia University (2001-02), Helsinki University (2004, 2005), and University of Cambridge (2014). Evgenii Bershtein has published on eighteenth–century Russian poetry, the cultural and intellectual history of Russian modernism, and on Russian film (you can read some of his work below and on his Academia page, in English and Russian). Most recently, he has edited the English translation of Yuri Lotman's Non-Memoirs (Dalkey Archive Press, 2014) and has been working on a project entitled Eisenstein, Sexuality, and Decadence. Professor Bershtein joined the Reed faculty in 1999, and he teaches classes on twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, Russian and European Symbolism, Russian film, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Eisenstein, as well as the Russian language at the intermediate and advanced levels.


Zhenya's recent essays, available online: