Anna Linetskaya

Graduate Student in Comparative Literature

University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Comparative Literature (concentration in Slavic Languages) (ongoing)
City College of New York, MFA in Creative Writing (2022)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD (cum laude, 2014)
King's College London, BA in Business Management (Honours Degree, 2010)

Anna Linetskaya’s proposed plan of study focuses, inter alia, on the role of linguistic subversion—and prostorechie (i.e., simplified Russian vernacular) in particular—in the narrative ethics and aesthetics of Russophone prose as well as the semantic gaps that exist between Russophone vernacular and standardized English and German translations. Drawing on classical and contemporary Russophone texts, Anna plans to investigate the (often inadvertent) misrepresentations and omissions that have the power to strip the speakers (narrators and/or characters) from self-identification, thus precluding adequate positioning of the speakers in the larger cultural and sociopolitical context.

Before coming to Penn, Anna developed, taught, and facilitated a wide range of undergraduate courses on Russian literature and world humanities at the City College of New York, including an experimental summer intensive that combined elements of textual analysis, translation theory, and creative writing. She is excited to bring more of such creative experimentations into her field of study.



Research Interests

Russophone Literature in English and German Translation
Russophone Prostorechie in Translation
Translation Theory and Practice