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Ingrid Kleespies

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Associate Professor of Russian
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Office Hours — Fall 2019

  • No office hours — on sabbatical

Areas of Research

18th and 19th-century Russian literature and culture; Romanticism; intellectual history; Russian frontier mythologies; the Soviet avant-garde.


Ingrid Kleespies is Associate Professor of Russian Studies.  She received her B.A. in Slavic Studies from Harvard University and  M.A. and Ph.D in Slavic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her areas of interest include Russian Romanticism, Russian intellectual history, eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, and literature of travel and empire more generally.  Her recent book, A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature, considers the key role played by the image of the nomad in the pressing literary debates over Russian identity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in particular in seminal works by writers such as Karamzin, Pushkin, Chaadaev, Goncharov, and Dostoevsky.  She is currently working on a book that examines Russian and early Soviet mythologies surrounding Siberia and the eastern “frontier.”  In another book project, she is investigating the outsize (if unsung) place of Russia’s “first philosopher” Petr Chaadaev in the nineteenth-century Russian literary canon.