Dostoevsky at MLA 2019!

Are you heading to Chicago for MLA 2019 next week? If yes, stop by the International Dostoevsky Society-sponsored panel, taking place on Fri, Jan 4 from 5:15-6:30pm in the Sheraton Grand (rm Superior A). The panel is Idiot-themed to kick off the novel’s 150th anniversary year!

Dostoevsky’s The Idiot at 150: Textual Transactions

“Dostoevsky’s Capitalist Realism; or, Why Money Doesn’t Burn in The Idiot” – Vadim Shneyder, U of California, Los Angeles

“Prince Myshkin and the Female Fool: Gendering Dostoevsky’s Fools for Christ” Melanie Jones, U of California, Los Angeles

“The Devil Rousseau Comes to Petersburg” – Brian Armstrong, Augusta U

We hope you’ll join us in Chicago! Click here for more information.


Dostoevsky and Russian lit panels at MLA 2018

Happy New Year to all! If you find yourself at the MLA Convention in New York City this week, please join us on Thursday, Jan. 4  for the presidential theme panel organized by the International Dostoevsky Society, “Dostoevsky and States of Insecurity.” Here are the details:

Session 150: Dostoevsky and States of Insecurity

Time: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 5:15–6:30 PM

Place: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, “Midtown” Room


Presider: Carol Apollonio, Duke U.

“Sovereignty and Exception in Crime and Punishment: Dostoevsky with Carl Schmitt”(Ilya Kliger, New York U)

“Arkady’s Overcoat: Illegitimacy and Characterization in Dostoevsky” (Chloë Kitzinger, Rutgers, the State U of New Jersey)

“‘Like a Cat around a Hot Saucer of Milk’: Dostoevsky’s Destabilizing Descriptions of Perverse Sexuality” (Zachary Johnson, U of California, Berkeley)

You may also be interested in the  following Russian literature-related panels and papers:


Session 12: Revolution, Take 2: Exporting the Russian Revolution

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 12:00-1:15 PM (Hilton, Regent)

Participants include: Katerina Clark (Yale U.), Matthias Müller (Cornell U.), Darja Filippova (Princeton U.), Masha Salazkina (Concordia U.)


Session 289: Transatlantic Translations of Trans

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, 12:00-1:15 PM (Hilton, Midtown)

Participants include: Jessie M. Labov (Central European U.), Brian James Baer (Kent State U.), Vitaly Chernetsky (U. of Kansas), Sandra Joy Russell (U. of Massachusetts, Amherst), Kārlis Vērdiņš (Washington U. in St Louis)


Session 394: Alternative Pasts and Futures in Postsocialist Science Fiction

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, 3:30–4:45 PM (Hilton, Midtown)

Participants include: Jefferson J.A. Gattrall (Montclair State U.), Julia Gerhard (U. of Colorado, Boulder), Natalija Majsova (U of Ljubljana), Reed Johnson (U of Virginia)


Session 531: Meter, Rhyme, and Dialogue with the Other: Translating from Arabic, Russian, and Spanish into English, including a paper on translating Elena Fanailova

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 10:15 AM–11:30 AM (Hilton, Concourse C)

Participants include: Karen Emmerich (Princeton U.), Gregary Joseph Racz (Long Island U., Brooklyn), Sibelan Forrester (Swarthmore C), Mbarek Sryfi (U of Pennsylvania)


Session 636: Redefining Self-Translation, including two papers on Vladimir Nabokov’s translations of his own poetry and prose.

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 3:30–4:45 PM (Hilton, Concourse E)

Participants include: Genevieve Waite (Graduate Center, City U of New York), Jean-Christophe Cloutier (U. of Pennsylvania), Michael G. Boyden (Uppsala U.), Adrian J. Wanner (Penn State U.), Julia Titus (Yale U.)


Session 654: Literature of Waste and Environmental Insecurity in Central and Eastern Europe

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 3:30–4:45 PM (Hilton, Hudson)

Participants include: Julia Vaingurt (U of Illinois, Chicago), Heather I. Sullivan (Trinity U), Colleen McQuillen (U of Illinois, Chicago), Christopher Harwood (Columbia U)


Session 697: Bad Translation, including the paper: “The Russian Crime and Punishment in the Argentine Seven Madmen; or, How Bad Translations Made Good Literature”

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 5:15–6:30 pm (Hilton, Concourse F)

Participants include: Benjamin Paloff (U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Bret Maney (Lehman C, City U. of New York), Ellen Elias-Bursac (American Literary Translators Assn.), Adel Fauztdinova (Boston U.)


Hope to see you there!

This list has been compiled by Chloë Kitzinger, a member of the North American Dostoevsky Society Readers’ Advisory Board and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers.

2016 AATSEEL and MLA Panels

MLA Dostoevsky Panels and Papers

MLA Dostoevsky Panel: Reading Dostoevsky, Dostoevsky Reading

Saturday, January 9, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 202, JW Marriott

Chair: Katia Bowers (University of British Columbia) (Dr. Bowers will be unable to attend)

Panelist: Brian Armstrong (Augusta University)

  • Title: Rereading Nietzsche Reading Dostoevsky: Guilt Is Good

Panelist: Alexander Burry (Ohio State University)

  • Title: Reconstructing Dostoevsky’s Reading of Pushkin: ‘Cold Winds Still Blow’ as Key to Rebellion in The Brothers Karamazov

Panelist: Susan McReynolds (Northwestern University)

  • Title: Guilt and Punishment: Reading Dostoevsky through Kafka

Cate Reilly (Princeton University) will also be presenting on Dostoevsky as part of the “Fort-Da: Contested Legacies of Psychoanalysis in Russia” panel, which was organized by NADS member Emma Lieber (Rutgers University). Information can be found on the panel website.

AATSEEL Dostoevsky Panels

Panel: Dostoevsky and Addiction

Friday, January 8, 10:30am-12:15pm

Organizer and Chair: Justin Trifiro (University of Southern California)

Panelist: Lonny Harrison (University of Texas at Arlington)

  • Title: The Suffering Games: De Quincean Prodigality and Self-Production in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Igrok

Panelist: Victoria Juharyan (Princeton University)

  • Title: Between Humility and Humiliation: Love as Freedom and Love as Addiction in Dostoevsky

Discussants: Robin Feuer Miller (Brandeis University) and Donna Tussing Orwin (University of Toronto)

Texts and Contexts: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Friday, January 8, 4:30-6:30pm

Chair: Jennie Wojtusik (University of Texas-Austin)

Panelist: Soelve Curdts (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)

  • Title: ‘Borodino is the word that comes to me in my sleep’: Coetzee reads Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Panelist: Rebecca Bostock-Holtzman (The Ohio State University)

  • Title: Chronic Issues: Spatial/Temporal Manipulation in The Death of Ivan Ilych

Panelist: Michael Marsh-Soloway (University of Virginia)

  • Title: Dostoevsky and the Natural Philosophy of Classical Antiquity

Panelist: Alexei Pavlenko (Colorado College)

  • Title: The Higher Stakes

Panel: The Subjectivity of the Novel: The Case of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot

Saturday, January 9, 1:15-3:00pm

Organizer and Chair: Irina Paperno (University of California – Berkeley)

Panelist: Brian Egdorf (University of California – Berkeley)

  • Title: Narrative and the Mind: Epilepsy in The Idiot

Panelist: Kathryn Pribble (University of California – Berkeley)

  • Title: Hero as Author: Unethical Narrating in The Idiot

Panelist: Ernest Artiz (University of California – Berkeley)

  • Title: Slipping Destiny: The Allegoric Unraveling of Narrative in The Idiot

Discussants: Caryl Emerson (Princeton University) and Alex Spektor (The University of Georgia – Athens)

Panel: The North American Dostoevsky Society

Saturday, January 9, 5:15-7:00pm

Organizer: Carol Apollonio (Duke University)

Chair: Eric Naiman (University of California – Berkeley)

Panelist: Katia Bowers (University of British Columbia) (Dr. Bowers will be unable to attend)

  • Title: Dostoevsky’s Gothic Autobiography: Anxiety and Terrible Tableaux in The Idiot

Panelist: Jennifer Flaherty (University of California – Berkeley)

  • Title: The Peasant in Dostoevsky’s Zapiski iz mertvogo doma and “Muzhik Marei”

Panelist: Anna Berman (McGill University)

  • Title: Dostoevsky and the Family Novel

Discussant: Vadim Shkolnikov (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Texts and Contexts: Dostoevsky

Sunday, January 10, 12:00-2:00pm

Chair: Victoria Juharyan (Princeton University)

Panelist: Lisa Woodson, University of New Mexico

  • Title: Job in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov

Panelist: Alina Wyman (New College of Florida)

  • Title: Between Empathy and Ressentiment: Ivan Karamazov’s Social Dilemma

Panelist: Elizabeth Blake (Saint Louis University)

  • Title: Fedor Dostoevsky’s Authoring and Editing of Notes from House of the Dead: An Ongoing Dialogue with Fellow Former Political Exiles

Panelist: Chen Zhang (Ohio State University)

  • Title: “Can’t You Cut Pages with a Garden Knife?”: Rogozhin’s Destruction that Derives from His Pursuit of Enlightenment