Caryl Emerson

A. Watson Armour, III, University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature. Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

For several decades my scholarly and teaching interests have been focused on the 19th century (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Russian opera) with a 20th-century pocket for Mikhail Bakhtin. Some of these themes recycle (Pushkin's Boris Godunov, for example, which was both part of my dissertation and featured in April 2007 on the Princeton campus, a premiere of the unrealized Pushkin / Meyerhold / Prokofiev staging of 1937); others are relatively new, such as my interest in the fate of the scholarly humanities (in the States and in contemporary Russia); the Central European novel; Russian spiritual philosophy; and dramatic experiments on the Stalinist-era stage (both Moscow Chamber Theater, and Meyerhold's troupe), especially adaptations of the classics with incidental music.


Recent Publications

1. The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature
2. The Life of Musorgsky
3. The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin