Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

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News and Events

News and Events

“Reading Lolita with a Russian Accent”

 Alexander Dolinin

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alexander Dolinin is a scholar of Russian literature, renowned for his expertise on the relations between Russian and Anglo-American fiction, and is one of the foremost scholars of the works of Vladimir Nabokov and Alexander Pushkin. Currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has also held positions at Yale and Middlebury. Professor Dolinin's books include Pushkin and England (2007), The Real Life of the Writer Sirin: Works on Nabokov (2004), and History Dressed Up as a Novel: Walter Scott and his Readers (1988). In addition, many of his articles have been seminal for literary studies in both Russia and the United States. He has also edited and annotated authoritative editions of Nabokov's and Pushkin’s work in French and Russian.

Rosamund Bartlett, 

“The Other Stories in Anna Karenina: A Translator’s Perspective” 

King 306

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

November 6, 2014

This talk will explore the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy’s reputation in the English-speaking world.  This will lead to a discussion of some of the novel’s less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel’s relationship to the “woman question” in late 19th-century Russia.

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar and translator based in Oxford, who specializes in both music history and literature. The author and editor of several books, including Wagner and Russia, Shostakovich in ContextChekhov: Scenes from a Life, and Tolstoy: A Russian Life, she has also received recognition as a translator, having published two volumes of Chekhov’s stories and the first unexpurgated edition of his letters.  Her new translation of Anna Karenina was just published by Oxford World’s Classics, and will be released in the United States in November.   

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a celebration of the end of winter chills and the start of Spring of warmth, of hope, of growth.

 Sunday, Februrary 26th, at 12:00 pm

Russian House residents and the students from Russian Department are going to celebrate

Maslenitsa is traditionally is a family event and

no celebration would be completed without

singing, dancing and eating pancakes (blini).

Come to join us and learn more about Russian culture!

Annual Oberlin College Translation Symposium


4.30 pm, Monday March 12, 2012

Craig Auditorium


Sponsored by the Programs in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing,

the Department of Russian Language, Literature & Culture, and

the Edith W. Clowes Lecture Fund

  'Why Translate?'

A lecture by Stephanie Sandler, Professor of

Slavic Languages & Literature,

Harvard University,

and winner of the 2010 Three Percent Best

Translated Book Award for Poetry

4:30 pm, Tuesday March 13, 2012

Craig Auditorium

Sponsored by the Programs in

Comparative Literature and Creative Writing,

the Department of Russian Language, Literature & Culture,

and the Edith W. Clowes Lecture Fund

Oberlin Orchestra Concert

A performance by the Oberlin Orchestra in Finney Chapel with Raphael Jiménez, conductor with Associate Professor of Flute, Alexa Still.

Sat, November 12 2011

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Where: Finney Chapel

Free admission

Program Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from "Spartacus" Liebermann: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Sheherazade, Op. 35 Alexa Still is known internationally for her many recordings on the Koch International Classics label. She has been described as: “impeccable in technique and taste, seductive in phrasing” (Stephensen Classical CD Guide). “Still plays... so convincingly I cannot separate her from the music” (American Record Guide), “whatever she plays sounds musical in every turn of the phrase” (Gramophone), “a stunning showcase for the astonishing Alexa Still” (Fanfare). A New Zealander, Still’s graduate study was in New York (SUNY Stony Brook) where she also won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the East and West Artists Competition. Still then won principal flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the age of 23. While home, she received a Churchill Fellowship and a Fulbright award, used for further study in the US. In 1998, she left the NZSO to become associate professor of flute at University of Colorado at Boulder in 1998. She then moved to Sydney in 2006, where she became professor of flute and director of performance research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In June of 2011, Still was appointed associate professor of flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Still maintains a busy concert schedule, having presented recitals, concertos, and master classes in England, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, and across the United States. Her 13th solo compact disc (concertos including the Pied Piper Fantasy) was released in September 2004 to unanimous acclaim: “Anyone who doubts Still's dumbfounding technical ability or complete tonal control should hear these… You just won't hear better-sustained flute playing on disc than this” (Fanfare Magazine). Still’s 14th CD was released in January 2008 (music for flute and piano with New York-based English pianist Stephen Gosling). “Both performers are constantly praised for their technical prowess and amazing ability to make the most challenging works sound effortless and easy. Reviewers everywhere agree that Alexa Still doesn’t make anything sound tough. She gracefully sprints and hurdles through menacing challenges without seeming to break a sweat. Added to this technical superiority comes an equally superior sensitive musical side. This disc isn’t just flautistic fireworks.” (Sequenza21). Still has also served her profession as president of the National Flute Association (USA), and regularly contributes articles to flute journals across the globe. She plays a silver flute made for her by Brannen Brothers of Boston with gold or wooden headjoints by Sanford Drelinger of White Plains, New York. When her flute is in its case, Still is an avid motorcyclist, and she shares a daughter and two dogs with her husband.