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Associate Professor of Russian
Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada

Office Hours — Spring 2020

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
  • Or by appointment

Courses offered in Spring 2020

  • RUS3400 Intermediate Russian (two sections)

Areas of Interest

Psychology of Creative Personality; Russian and European Modernism; Anton Chekhov; contemporary Russian literature; cultural studies; and Russian cinema.


Galina Rylkova is an Associate Professor of Russian/Slavic Studies. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and received her M.A. in Romance-Germanic languages and literatures from Moscow State University. She then moved to Canada where she received her Ph. D. from the University of Toronto in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her teaching and research have been focused on Russian and European Modernism; Anton Chekhov; Memory and Cultural Studies. She has published articles on a wide range of topics, including cultural memory about the Russian Silver Age, and the writings of Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Pil’niak, and Pasternak. She is the author of The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and Its Legacy, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The Archaeology of Anxiety describes how Russian writers (Akhmatova, Nabokov, Pasternak and Viktor Erofeev), Russian intellectuals and the public at large were coping with the existential anxieties unleashed by the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinist Terror, Khrushchev’s Thaw and Gorbachev’s perestroika in 20th-century Russia.

Apart from Russian Language and Literature-oriented courses, she has been teaching “Creative Lives.” This course examines creativity and creative people in Russian, European, and American cultures. Topics include: the image of the artist; artists’ self-fashioning and self-preservation strategies; the celebrity culture; artists as “criminals,” “degenerates” and outcasts; artists as supermen; artists’ habitats (the “rooms of their own”); and what it generally takes to realize one’s talent.