Alyssa Dinega Gillespie

Associate Professor, Russian Language and Literature
Co-Director, Program in Russian and East European Studies
Faculty Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Professor Gillespie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of A Russian Psyche: The Poetic Mind of Marina Tsvetaeva (2001) and the editor of Russian Literature in the Age of Realism (2003) in the series Dictionary of Literary Biography and Taboo Pushkin: Topics, Texts, Interpretations (2012). Her book on Tsvetaeva's poetics is forthcoming in late 2013 from the Institute of Russian Literature/Pushkin House in St. Petersburg in a new Russian-language version. She has published articles on Tolstoy, Gorky, Pushkin, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Brodsky, Pawlikowska, and Sep-Szarzynski, as well as translations of the poetry of Tsvetaeva, Khodasevich, Fet, and others. In 2012 she was awarded first prize in the Compass Award translation competition (dedicated to Tsvetaeva); in 2011 she received second prize in the Compass Award competition (dedicated to Nikolai Gumilev) and joint third prize in the Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Translation Prize competition. Her current major project is a study of Alexander Pushkin's poetics, tentatively titled Dangerous Verses: Alexander Pushkin and the Ethics of Inspiration. Her research and teaching interests include Russian and Polish poetry, gender issues in literature, the poetry of exile, and the psychology of poetic genius. She lived in Moscow and taught English literature in Russian high schools for three years before completing her graduate education.

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Red Square
              at dusk
Evan Gillespie, Red Square at Dusk (2003)
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