Areas of Focus:
Russian Language and 21st Century Literature, Film, Media and Culture
Marina Rojavin was born in Ukraine. A journalist by college education, she worked as an editor in the USSR. She received her Ph.D. in Russian Linguistics at the O. Potebnia Institute for Linguistics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. Her dissertation focuses on The Category of Gender in Modern Russian. She has taught Russian language, literature, cinema, and culture at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and for a number of summers at Middlebury College’s Kathryn Wasserman-Davis School of Russian in its graduate program.
Some of her scholarly and academic interests are semantics and functional grammar, comparative cultural studies, and the Russian grammatical gender as a source of metaphorical thinking. Marina’s teaching interests include courses on literature of the Soviet and post-Soviet Period, Russian philosophers and intellectuals in Imperial Russia, History of Russian cinema, Russian intelligentsia in Soviet cinema, Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema, Jews in Russian literature, film, and culture, and the Russian language. She and Allan Reid published A Guide to Russian Words and Expressions that Cause Difficulties (The Edwin Mellen Press) in 2004. With her colleagues, she has completed the textbook Russian for Advanced Students published in 2013 by Dunwoody Press. Marina has also published articles on the semantic category of gender in Russian and Ukrainian, and on the category of gender in Russian and on applied linguistics.
Marina loves grammar and tries to convince her students that grammar is an appealing thing, sharing funny stories about punctuation marks and parts of sentences with them. She likes tongue-twisters, proverbs, and sayings. She also likes hard rock and classical music. When work overwhelms her she cooks. She enjoys food in restaurants as well. She enjoys trips – hiking or traveling by car through Alaska or the Apennine Mountains or the Alps.