Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Focus:
Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-century Russian Realist Prose and Autobiography
After receiving his B. A. in Russian from Haverford College, Jesse Stavis completed a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research centers on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Russian realist prose and autobiography, with a particular focus on the late writings of Leo Tolstoy. In his dissertation, Conversion as Narrative: Radical Personal Transformation in the Life and Art of L. N. Tolstoy, 1879-1910, Jesse applies interdisciplinary theories of religious conversion and narrative eventfulness to a number of works dating from the last three decades of the writer’s life. In addition to his work on the late Tolstoy, Jesse has presented papers on topics ranging from the function and reception of obscenity in Golden Age poetry to the role that conspiracy theories play in shaping contemporary Russian social and political discourse.
Before coming to Bryn Mawr College, Jesse taught Russian language, literature, and creative writing at a number of institutions, including the University of Wiconsin-Madison and the Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College.