Michael Wachtel

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Office Phone
225 East Pyne

B.A. 1982 Yale University (Comparative Literature), Ph.D. 1990 Harvard University (Comparative Literature), additional study at the University of Konstanz, Germany (two years) and Moscow State University (one year). Joined the Princeton faculty in 1990. His main interests are in poetry and poetics (especially formalist and structuralist approaches). Among his books are Russian Symbolism and Literary Tradition: Goethe, Novalis, and the Poetics of Vyacheslav Ivanov (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1994),The Development of Russian Verse: Meter and its Meanings (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2004). He has recently completed A Commentary to Pushkin's Lyric Poetry: 1826-1836, which should appear in print in 2010.