Charlene Castellano-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Charlene Castellano

Teaching Professor of Russian

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 160
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: BH 180
Phone: (412) 268-7859
Fax: (412) 268-1328
Department Member Since: 1990


I am a humanist and a specialist in Russian literature, culture, language and linguistics.  I came to Carnegie Mellon in 1990 in order to bring to an end a long suspension of Russian study by single-handedly deploying a full program of language and culture courses.  By 1995 this program had garnered enough interest to warrant an interdepartmental specialization in Russian Studies, launched in concert with History.  My contribution to it has consisted of about fifteen courses in three levels of Russian language study plus literature and culture courses taught in both English and Russian.  The latter have covered topics ranging from Russian folklore through nineteenth- and twentieth-century prose and poetry to contemporary film in Russia and East Europe.  While providing the culture curriculum for the Russian Studies major, the courses I give in English attract students from across the College and the University.  I place a priority on such outreach not only via these courses by also by teaching in the General Education, Freshman Seminar, and Humanities Scholars Programs in Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Selected Works

  • “Remembering Bely Remembering,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies, forthcoming, 2013.
  • “How to Handle a Woman? Ask Charles Gounod,” Faust Program Book, Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Opera, April 2005, pp, 14-17  [Invited]
  • "A Millennial Peal: The Salzburg/Met Production of Ferruccio Busoni's Doctor Faust," Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2003 (ISSN 1541-5899)
  • “Sinesteziia: Iazyk chuvstv i vremia povestvovaniia v romane Andreia Belogo Peterburg [Synesthesia and Narrative Time in Andrey Bely's novel Petersburg],"  Andrei Bely. Publikatsii. Issledovanija [Andrey Bely: Publications and Research], ed. A. G. Boichuk.  Moscow:  Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2002, pp. 211-19.
  • "Vospominaia Serebrianyi vek: Sinesteziia i apokalipsis v romane A. Belogo Peterburg [Remembering the Silver Age: Synesthesia and Apocalypse in Andrey Bely's novel Petersburg],"  Novyi Istoricheskii Vestnik  [The New Historical Messenger], ed. Sergei Karpenko.  Moscow:  Russian State University for the Humanities, No. 5, 2001, pp. 17-50.

Courses Taught

  • 82-191 Elementary Russian I
  • 82-192 Elementary Russian II
  • 82-291 Intermediate Russian I
  • 82-292 Intermediate Russian II
  • 82-391 Advanced Russian I
  • 82-392 Advanced Russian II
  • 82-392 Advanced Russian II
  • 82-396 The Faust Legend at Home and Abroad
  • 82-491 Literature, Politics and Film in Russia and East Europe Today
  • 82-492 The Historical Imagingation in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
  • 82-493 Joseph Brodsky in Context
  • 82-599 Russian Studies Thesis