D. Brian Kim

Assistant Professor

D. Brian Kim holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University, where he also received an M.A. in Japanese; he completed his B.A. in linguistics at Williams College. He is a specialist in Russian literature of the long nineteenth century, translation studies, and literary and cultural relationships between Russia, Western Europe, and East Asia.
 
In his current book project, Kim examines how an active and critical engagement with foreign languages and cultures served the last prerevolutionary generation of Russian writers as a basis for the development of new forms of self-expression in dialogue with concerns of aesthetics, sexual and racial identity, and geopolitical relations. He also works on lexicography, literacy, and language education in the Russian Empire.

Office Location

752 Williams Hall

Office Hours

M 3-4 or by appt.

Email

Phone

215-898-9549

Fax

215-573-7794

Research Interests

Russian literature of the long nineteenth century; theory, practice, politics, and aesthetics of translation; literary and cultural relationships between Russia, Western Europe, and East Asia; Meiji- and Taisho-era Japanese literature; comparative modernisms; theories of identity and alterity; Catherine II and the Russian Enlightenment; literacy and language education in the Russian Empire.

Selected Publications

“Foreign Interests: Nineteenth-Century Lexicography in Russia and Japan.” In The Whole World in a Book: Dictionaries in the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Sarah Ogilvie and Gabriella Safran. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2019).
 
“Seduction, Subterfuge, Subversion: Ivan Krylov’s Rewriting of Molière.” In French and Russian in Imperial Russia: Language Attitudes and Identity. Ed. Derek Offord, Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, Vladislav Rjéoutski, and Gesine Argent. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 139–155.

Courses Taught

Fall 2019 Courses
RUSS145 Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

Affiliations