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Katia Dianina

Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Office Address

PO Box 400783
275 New Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4783

Office Hours: T/TH 2:00-3:00pm


Bachelor of Arts (BA), Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Master of Arts (MA), Fordham University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Russian literature and the visual arts
  • 19th-century prose
  • Cultural and museum studies
  • Art and society
  • National culture and identity
  • The woman question
  • Contemporary literature
  • The story and the city

Selected Publications

When Art Makes News: Writing Culture and Identity in Imperial Russia (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013).  Recipient of the AATSEEL award Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies (2014)

“The Firebird of the National Imaginary: The Myth of Russian Culture and its Discontents,” The Journal of European Studies 42, no. 3 (September 2012): 223-24

“Museum and Message: Writing Public Culture in Imperial Russia,” Slavic and East European Journal 56, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 173-195

“‘Our Berendeevka’: The Invented Tradition of Russian Modernity,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies 46, no. 4 (2012): 439-466

“An Island of Antiquity: The Double Life of Talashkino in Russia and Beyond,” in Rites of Place: Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe, eds. Julie Buckler and Emily D. Johnson (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2013): 133-156  

“The Return of History: Museum, Heritage, and National Identity in Imperial Russia,” Journal of Eurasian Studies 1 (2010): 111-118

“Museum and Society in Imperial Russia: An Introduction,” Slavic Review 67, no. 4 (Winter 2008): 907-11

“Museum and Story,” This Century’s Review (January 2007)

“Art and Authority: The Hermitage of Catherine the Great,” The Russian Review 63 (October 2004): 630-54

“The Feuilleton: An Everyday Guide to Public Culture in the Age of the Great Reforms,” SEEJ 47, no. 2 (2003): 186-208

“Passage to Europe: Dostoevskii in the St. Petersburg Arcade,” Slavic Review 62, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 237-57

“The Museum and the Nation: The Imperial Hermitage in Russian Society,” in The Collections of the Romanovs: European Art from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (London: Merrell, 2003), 36-43

“Dostoevskii v Khrustal’nom dvortse,” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 57 (2002): 107-25