Svetlana Rukhelman

Svetlana
Rukhelman

Library Assistant

Staff

Expands access to archival and special collections held by the Davis Center library: engages in collection processing; creates metadata, online catalog records, and archival finding aids; works on digital collections and other web projects.

Before becoming a Davis Center library assistant in 2014, Svetlana received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and taught Russian literature and language at Harvard and Macalester College. Her courses covered such topics as Soviet-era satire and science fiction. When not patrolling the Fung Library reading room she still works on scholarly research.

Expertise
Library: archival processing;
cataloging. Scholarship: literature and cinema;
narratology;
deception narratives;
irony and satire;
cognitive approaches;
the concept of fate in Russian culture; Gogol;
Nabokov;
Flannery O’Connor; the cinema of David Mamet and the Coen brothers.
Current Project
A Certain Future: Fate and Narrative in Russian Culture
Foreign Language

Education

Ph.D.
, Comparative Literature
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

“The Laughter of Gods and Devils: Edith Wharton and the Coen Brothers on Deception, Disappointment, and Cosmic Irony.” In Comedy in Comparative Literature: Dante, Hoffmann, Nietzsche, Wharton, Borges, and Cabrera Infante (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010).

Telephone
617-496-8241