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.
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.
“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 University Press, 2020. 17-33.
“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 University Press, 2015. 139–155.
Spring 2020 Courses
REES136 Portraits of Russian Society: Art, Fiction, Drama
Graduate Group, Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
Executive Board, Alice Paul Center and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program
Affiliated Faculty, Asian American Studies Program and James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies