Carnegie Mellon University

Tatyana  Gershkovich

Tatyana Gershkovich

Associate Professor of Russian Studies

341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Education: Ph.D. Harvard University. B.A. Harvard University


My research, in broad terms, concerns the relationship between writers and readers in the Russian tradition. I am interested both in how individual works construe this relationship and in how it bears on larger philosophical, social, and political questions. I investigate these questions through a range of scholarly projects that employ both traditional literary-critical methods and new digital tools.

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian prose
  • Modernism
  • European philosophy and intellectual history
  • Aesthetics
  • Interwar émigré history and culture
  • 19th-Century Russian Masterpieces
  • Advanced Russian: Berlin, Paris, Harbin, New York
  • Advanced Russian: Great Short Works
  • Radicals, Heretics, Hackers: Russian Outlaws in History, Literature, and Film
  • Intermediate Russian: Life in the City
  • Gene Barabtarlo Prize for Best Essay on Nabokov in 2019, awarded by the International Vladimir Nabokov Society for “Suspicion On Trial: Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and Nabokov’s ‘Pozdnyshev’s Address’”
  • Berlin Prize, The American Academy in Berlin
  • Falk Grant for “Conditions of Creation: Analyzing Creativity with Computational Models,” Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mellon Digital Humanities (DH) Seed Grant for Beyond the Ant Brotherhood: A Visualization of Tolstoy’s Intellectual World, Carnegie Mellon University
  • David Sloane Memorial Prize awarded for scholarly promise on the basis of my dissertation “Held Captive: Tolstoy, Nabokov, and the Aesthetics of Constraint,” Harvard University
  • “Suspicion On Trial: Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and Nabokov’s ‘Pozdnyshev’s Address,’” PMLA, 134. 3 (May 2019): 459–474.
  • “Self-translation and the Transformation of Nabokov’s Aesthetics from Kamera obskura to Laughter in the Dark,” Slavic and East European Journal 63.2 (2019): 206–225.
  • “Infecting, Simulating, Judging: Tolstoy’s Search for an Aesthetic Standard,” Journal of the History of Ideas 74 (January 2013): 115–137.
  • “In Impossible Proximity: How to Read Like Nabokov,” The Berlin Journal 33 (Fall 2019): 55–57.

Department Member Since 2016