Alyssa Dinega Gillespie

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Associate Professor of Russian and Department Chair, Bowdoin College

Center Associate
Russian and Polish poetry
poetic translation
emigre literature
the psychology of poetic genius
mythological approach to literature
literary ethics
Current Project
"Dangerous Verses: Alexander Pushkin and the Ethics of Inspiration"
Foreign Language


, Slavic Languages and Literatures
, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Selected Publications

“Taboo and Transcendence: The Role of Secrecy in Pushkin’s Mythopoetics,” in Poetry and Poetics: A Centennial Tribute to Kiril Taranovsky, ed. Barry P. Scherr, James Bailey, and Vida T. Johnson (Slavic, 2014), 39-60.

Editor, Taboo Pushkin: Topics, Texts, Interpretations, in the Publications of the Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies book series (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

“Bawdy and Soul: Pushkin’s Poetics of Obscenity,” in Taboo Pushkin: Topics, Texts, Interpretations, ed. Alyssa Dinega Gillespie (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

“Through a Glass Darkly: Doubling and Poetic Self-Image in Pushkin’s ‘The Gypsies,’” Russian Review 68.3 (July 2009): 451-76.

A Russian Psyche: The Poetic Mind of Marina Tsvetaeva (University of Wisconsin Press, 2001) [Revised edition in Russian published as: Marina Tsvetaeva: Po kanatu poezii, translated into Russian by M. E. Malikova, edited by A. E. Barzakh, in the series Sovremennaia rusistika, Institute of Russian Literature/Pushkin House, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg: Nestor-Istoriia, 2015)]