Professor of Russian literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Position: Executive Committee Member
Office: 228 East Pyne
Ellen Chances (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Professor of Russian literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her scholarly and teaching range from individual authors such as Andrei Bitov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Kharms, to broad interdisciplinary explorations of the psychology of culture, and the interplay between literature and the other arts. Her focus is on the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century Russian novel; Soviet and post-Soviet Russian literature and culture; the study of literature in its historical context; literature and ideas; literature and art; literature and values; and literature and film. In addition to writing fiction, memoirs, essays, and poetry, she is the author most recently of Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration.