Comparative Literature
Department Chair:
Jed Deppman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Snell

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8345

King Building 125
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Contact Information


Peters Hall G36
(440) 775-6759

Personal Office Hours:
Monday 2:30-3:30 pm,
Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm,
by appointment

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Polina Dimova

Educational Background

  • University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1996-1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Smith College, 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Polina Dimova is a scholar of Russian literature, music, and visual art, and specializes in European Inter-Art Modernism. She has recently published articles on Russian Symbolism, Alexander Scriabin, Evgenii Zamiatin, Oscar Wilde, and Richard Strauss in the volumes Hearing Texts: The Auditory in Slavic Literatures, Ulbandus, 2015; Shapes of Apocalypse: Arts and Philosophy in Russian Thought, Academic Studies Press, 2013; and Performing Salome, Revealing Stories, Ashgate, 2013. Nearing completion, her book The Synaesthetic Metaphor studies how Modernist Inter-Art experiments stemmed from a fascination with synaesthesia, the figurative or neurological mixing of the senses, for instance, in the perception sound as color. Her second book project explores the literary appropriations of Scriabin’s music and ideas in twentieth-century Russian culture.


Dimova teaches all levels of Russian language, including seminars in Russian on Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, Bely’s Petersburg, “Contemporary Russian Literature,” and “Russian Poetry and Music,” as well as a range of literature courses in translation: “Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction,” “Adultery and Art in the Russian Novel,” “Synaesthetic Utopias: Russian Modernism Across the Arts,” and the First-Year Seminar “Magic and Metamorphosis.” Dimova’s courses always engage students in creative, performing, research, and translation projects, which students have presented at her Modernist Salons or her 2015 Synaesthesia Symposium, organized in collaboration with Neuroscience, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and the Oberlin Conservatory. Dimova originally joined Oberlin as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature in 2011. She comes from Varna, Bulgaria and is a violinist and a composer. For samples of her creative work and that of her students, visit and