I am a Faculty of Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute of the University of Toronto, where I am working on a book about contemporary Russian queer theater and dramatic writing.
My broader work strives to capture and elucidate sites, experiences, and articulations of “marginality” in Russian cultural imagination, especially in literature and the arts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. “Marginality” fascinates me as a meeting point of hegemonic and alternative discourses – a social, political, and cultural construct with a potential to reveal structures of power, control, and difference. These have not only to do with political oppression but also with imaginativeness and agency (which are far less known in connection to (neo)authoritarian settings like the one of contemporary Russia). In my first book, currently prepared for publication, I explore marginality coded through the concept of privacy: it focuses on the modalities of privacy in Russian literary works written between 1953 and 1985. In my second book, I explore these questions through the lenses of Slavic studies, queer studies, and performance studies by looking at representations of queerness in contemporary Russian theater and drama. As part of this project, I am preparing an anthology of queer plays by contemporary Russian-speaking authors in my English translation, which is slated to come out in 2022.
My research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russian literature and the arts, Russian as a foreign language, gender and sexuality in Eastern and East-Central European cultures, sites and articulations of marginality, Russian drama, performativity in Russian and Soviet culture and politics, publics and citizenship in the digital age, and digital body and posthumanism.