Alyssa Gillespie is a scholar of 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry and an award-winning translator of poetry from Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian into English. Her research focuses on the psychology of poetic genius and mythopoetics. She is the author of monographs on the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva (2001, 2015) and Alexander Pushkin (2021) and of articles on Brodsky, Gorky, Mandelstam, Pasternak, Pawlikowska, Pushkin, Sep-Szarzynski, Tolstoy, and Tsvetaeva. Additionally, she is the editor of a volume of articles on taboo topics in Pushkin studies (2012) and the translator of a forthcoming collection of Tsvetaeva's poetry, which was supported by a translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (2022). She is currently at work on a critical biography of Pushkin and a scholarly study of the ethics of inspiration in Pushkin's writings. Gillespie taught for many years as a professor of Russian language, literature, and culture at the University of Notre Dame and Bowdoin College.
Alyssa Dinega Gillespie
Independent Scholar and Translator
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