David Powelstock teaches Russian Language and Literature in the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures at Brandeis University. His previous appointments include the University of Chicago. He is the author, among other publications, of the book Becoming Mikhail Lermontov: The Ironies of Romantic Individualism in Nicholas I’s Russia. Northwestern University Press, 2005. His current research focuses on how selfhood, consciousness and language are related, especially in lyric poetry written in Russian, Czech, and English, and over the entire history of poetry. This central focus is informed by interests in areas such as: the theory of lyric, historical poetics, phenomenology, subjectivity, cultural semiotics, Romanticism, and translation.
Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University