Tatyana Gershkovich


I am a doctoral candidate in the Slavic Languages and Literatures program at Harvard University. My research focuses on Russian literature and philosophy of the 19th and early 20th centuries. I’m especially interested in the peculiar ways that aesthetic philosophy developed in the hands of artists, of which Russia had many, rather than professional philosophers, of which it had comparatively few. My dissertation, Held Captive: Tolstoy, Nabokov, and the Aesthetics of Constraint, examines how Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov contend with the interlocking paradoxes of Kant’s aesthetics, paradoxes of judgment, pleasure, genius, and the education of taste. I argue that the divergent styles of their mature work (Tolstoy’s asceticism, Nabokov’s extravagance) both emerged as resolutions of these paradoxes. Part of my research has been published in the Journal of the History of Ideas. My other interests include cognitive science, ethics and law, avant-garde art and early Soviet film (especially Dziga Vertov), and contemporary Russian and Russian-American fiction. I’m thrilled to be joining the Russian Department at Dartmouth for the fall term.

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