David Powelstock


Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University

Center Associate
Modern Russian and Czech literatures
literature and philosophy
cognitive poetics
cultural semiotics
poetic theory
Current Project
The Inward Turn: Modern Lyric Selfhood in the Russian Poetry of the 1830s
Foreign Language


, University of California, Berkeley
Selected Publications

Becoming Lermontov: The Ironies of Romantic Individualism in Nicholas I’s Russia (Northwestern University Press, 2005). (book)

"'The Center Cannot Hold': Freedom and Self-Conception in Notes from Underground." Slavic and East European Journal 62:1 (2018), pp. 26-41.

“Komu zhe verit’, esli ne sebe? Tret’ia sub”ektnaia pozitsiia v stikhotvorenii Lermontova ‘Ne ver’ sebe’.” In: Mir Lermontova: Kollektivnaia monografiia. Ed. M. N. Virolainen and A. A. Karpov. St. Petersburg, 2015, pp. 219-227.

“Violent Outcomes: Mikhail Lermontov and Romanticism’s Insoluble Problems." In: Marcus Levitt and Tatyana Novikov, eds., Times of Trouble: Violence in Russian Literature and Culture (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), pp. 30-41.

“Fashioning 'Our Lermontov': Canonization and Conflict in the Stalinist 1930s.” In: Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger, eds., Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2006), pp. 281-307.