PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University
Areas of Focus:
18th- and 19th- century Russian literature
Bella Grigoryan received her PhD from Columbia University in 2011.
Her scholarship sits at the intersection of the study of Russian literature, journalism, history, and politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work brings a literature and cultural history specialist’s perspective to the broader enterprise that seeks to understand the shape taken by civil society and the public sphere in autocratic Russia. In her first book, Noble Subjects: The Russian Novel and the Gentry, 1762-1861 (forthcoming from Northern Illinois University Press), she suggests that the Russian novelistic tradition developed as a carrier of a gendered (masculine) domestic and political ideology that was meant to articulate the rights and the obligations of the nobility as a social estate. She has written essays on such topics as Goncharov’s novels, Pushkin and the Russian press, and representations of the Russian public in the early years of Alexander I’s reign.
Her teaching interests include courses on the major writers of the 19th century (Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), a variety of comparative and interdisciplinary seminars, and, last but not least, the Russian language. In such seminars as “Anna Karenina and the Tasks of Literature” and “Capitalism and the Nineteenth-century European Novel” Bella invites students to explore Russian and European prose fiction from vantage points that foreground the interplay between literary form and such topics as ecology, ethics, and economics.