Irina Erman


Ph.D., M.A. Stanford University
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Emory University


I specialize in 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and literary theory. My Ph.D. dissertation analyzed autobiographers' staging of the relationship between self and other, primarily focusing on the works of Vasily Rozanov, a turn-of-the-century Russian modernist writer. My current writing projects include articles on theatrical spaces in Dostoevsky's early works; autobiography and citationality; and Rozanov's influence on Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of carnival.

Students who have taken my classes will tell you that I also have a poorly concealed fascination with popular culture, terrible movies, and fake autobiographies. My interest in the interaction between "low" and "high" culture has led me to develop a course on vampires for Fall 2014. Other than vampires, my teaching focuses on: literary theory, Dostoevsky, modernism, autobiography, Russian theater and performance studies, Bakhtin, gender and sexuality studies, and 20th-century Russian literature.

Professional Associations



  • RUS 201: Intermediate Russian I
  • RUS 202: Intermediate Russian II
  • RUS 260: 19th-Century Russian Novels
  • RUS 266: Vampires
  • RUS 270: 20th-Century Russian Novels
  • RUS 290/THE 290: Russian Theater
  • RUS 292: Gender and Sexuality in Russian Culture
  • RUS 320: Masterpieces of 19th-Century Russian Literature in the Original
  • RUS 394: Special Topics in Russian
  • RUS 401: Advanced Special Topics Seminar in Russian
  • RUS 410: Dostoevsky
  • LIT 360: Literary Theory: Revolution and Repetition