Elizabeth Klosty Beaujour
Degrees/Diplomas: Columbia University: MA Russian Literature; Certificate of the Russian Institute; Ph.D./Russian Literature Vassar College BA
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Research Interests: Russian, French, Bilingual Writers
The interaction of French and Russian Literature. Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and The West. Early Soviet Literature, Bilingual writers.
Professor Beaujour's principal focus of recent scholarly interest has been bilingual writers, especially the Russian bilingual writers of the "First" Emigration, and among them, particularly Vladimir Nabokov and Elsa Triolet. She has also published on the interaction of French and Russian literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, early Soviet prose and its relationship to utopian architecture, and the multi-generic works of Ilya Zdanevich/Iliazd as well as on Russian women writers. After several years on leave, in part as Acting Provost of Brooklyn College and then, more briefly, of Hunter College, she has now returned to teaching and is currently writing on the impact of Xavier de Maistre's "Les Prisonniers du Caucase" on Tolstoi's similarly titled story as well as expanding her study of modern Bilingual Writers beyond those who have used Russian and French or English to include Beckett, Ariel Dorfman, and many others.
At Hunter College, she offers courses in Russian Literature in a comparative context and chairs the interdisciplinary Thomas Hunter Honors Program. At the Graduate Center, she has taught courses on The Interaction of French and Russian literature in the 19th century, and on Bilingual/Polyglot writers. Her publications include: Alien Tongues: Bilingual Russian Writers of the "First" Emigration (Ithaca: Cornell University Press / Studies of the Harriman Institute, 1989). And The Invisible Land: A Study of the Artistic Imagination of Iurii Olesha (New York: :Columbia University Press, 1971), a number of entries in The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov, and numerous articles and book chapters.
Recent relevant professional activities include moderating the panel "Writing in a Different Language" at the PEN American Center World Voices 2005 series, and participating in the panel "Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries" at the December 2005 Annual Convention of AATSEEL, and, most recently, participation in the Harriman Institute's Conference in memory of Robert A. Maguire: "'From My Wondrous, Beautiful Far-Away:' Modern Russia Literature in Retrospect".