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The faculty of the Division of Russian and Slavic Languages consists of professors and a varying number of adjunct teachers. The appended vitae provide evidence of the wide variety of interests, publications, and professional activities of the faculty.

Nadya L. Peterson (Program Head)

Professor Peterson is a specialist on contemporary Russian prose and women's literature. She is the author of  Subversive Imaginations: Fantastic Prose and the End of Soviet Literature, 1970s-1990sLiving Language Russian Manual and of a number of articles on various aspects of Russian studies, including "The Private 'I' in the Works of Nina Berberova," The Slavic Review, vol. 60, No. 3, Fall 2001;  "Dirty Women: Cultural Connotations of Cleanliness in Stalinist Russia," in Russia-- Women-- Culture (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1966); "The Games Women Play: the Erotic Prose of Valeriia Narbikova," in Fruits of Her Plume: Essays on Contemporary Russian Women's Culture, ed. By Helena Goscilo (M.E. Sharpe, 1993); "The Languages of Chekhov's "Darling", Canadian-American Slavic Studies, vol.24, No.2 (Summer 1990). Her interests also include Russian culture, history, and Russian education. Prof. Peterson teaches advanced language courses, courses on translation, women's literature, nineteenth and twentieth century Russian literature, as well as courses on Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky both in Russian and in English.

Elizabeth Klosty Beaujour

Professor Beaujour is the author of The Invisible Land: The Artistic Imagination of Iurii Olesha, and Alien Tongues: Bilingual Russian Writers of the "First" Emigration. She has contributed a number of chapters to collective books and is the author of articles on the relationship between architecture and Russian literature, and on Modern Russian Literature. Her current areas of interest include Nabokov, the interaction of French and Russian literature, and Russian women writers. She is on the faculty of the Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Over the years, she has served the College in many ways, having been Acting Provost and Chair of the Academic Senate as well as being the long-term chair of the College's interdisciplinary Thomas Hunter Honors Program.

Emil A. Draister (Emeritus)

Professor Draitser is a scholar and author whose works have appeared extensively in both Russian and English. He is also the author of Techniques of Satire: The Case of Saltykov-Shchedrin, Forbidden LaughterTaking Penguins to the Movies: Russian Ethnic Humor, Making War, Not Love: Gender and Sexuality in Russian Humor, and four short story collections. (You may read some stories in English right here: "Clown," "Dvorkin," "It's Not a Simple Thing," and "Zugzwang.") Professor Draitser earned the MA and PhD in Russian literature from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1983. His areas of specialization are Russian satire and humor, contemporary Russian folk culture, and creative writing. His last book-length publication is his memoir Shush! Growing Up Jewish under Stalin. Professor Draitser teaches advanced language courses, modern and contemporary Russian culture courses, and courses in Russian cinema. He has taught courses in Russian literature in Russian, particularly the Russian poetry, both classical and modern, and Russian short story.
Alex E. Alexander (In Memoriam)

Professor Alexander passed away unexpectedly on January 10, 2012, after a brief illness. He will be dearly missed by his colleagues and students. The former head of the Russian and Slavic Studies program from 1974-2010, Dr. Alexander directed the program in Polish language and culture at Hunter, sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation. He joined the Hunter faculty in 1967. Professor Alexander's primary fields were Medieval Russian literature, Folklore and Slavic Mythology. He published two books on these topics: Bylina and Fairy Tale, and Russian Folklore, and articles on topics such as Gogol, Lewis Carroll and Nabokov. Professor Alexander was a frequent departmental representative on the Academic Senate and was a member of the Governing Council of the College's Women's Studies Program.

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