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Irina Erman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Russian, Director of Russian Studies

Address: JC Long 421
Phone: 843.953.1994

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 short term writing projects include an article on autobiography and citationality, and an article on a vampire story by Aleksey Tolstoy entitled “The Family of the Vourdalak.” I am also currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on performance and theatrical spaces in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s early works.

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, which will be offered annually as RUST 250. Other than vampires, my teaching focuses on: Dostoevsky and 19th century literature, modernism, autobiography, film, Russian theater and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies, and 20th century Russian literature.


Stanford University
M.A., Ph.D.

Emory University
B.A. Summa Cum Laude

Courses Taught

RUSS 101 and 102

RUSS 201 and 202

RUSS 390: Special Topics in Russian

LTRS 210: 19th Century Russian Literature

LTRS 220: 20th Century Russian Literature

RUST 250/LTRS 250: Vampires

LTRS 270: Studies in Russian Film

RUST 300/LTRS 350: Gender and Sexuality in Russian Culture


"'Husband Under the Bed': Cuckoldry, Logorrhea and Confined Spaces in Dostoevsky's Early Works," Russian Review, April 2017

Conference Presentations

“Stage Curtains and Their Role in Dostoevsky’s Performative Poetics,” ASEEES Annual Convention,  2017

“The Specter of Achilles and the Spectacle of Svidrigailov’s Suicide in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,” AATSEEL Annual Convention, 2017

“Footnotes Fetish: Textuality and Sexuality in Vasily Rozanov’s Typographical Performance Art,” ASEEES Annual Convention,  2016

“Bombing at the Theater: Violence, Performance and Narrative Rupture in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Works,” Narrative 2016: The Annual Conference for the International Society for the Study of Narrative

“Nation and Vampiric Narration in Aleksey Tolstoy’s ‘The Family of the Vourdalak’,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2015

“Overeating: Rozanov’s Grotesque Autobiographical Intertextuality,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2014

“Staging Domestic Spaces: Dom and Discourse in Dostoevsky’s Works,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2012

“I’ve got ‘Your Pushkin’ right here! Imitation, performative kenosis, and the model of the Russian writer,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2010