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  • Jon Stone

    Assistant Professor of Russian and Russian Studies
    Office: KEI217
    Office Hours: M 10-12; Th 2:30-3:30


    Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2007

    University of California, Berkeley
    Dissertation: “Conceptualizing ‘Symbolism’: Institutions, Publications, Readers, and the Russian Propagation of an Idea”
    M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2001
    University of California, Berkeley
    B.A., Russian Literature, 1999
    Columbia University 

    Research Interests

    Russian Symbolism and Decadence
    Symbolist journals and almanacs
    Theories of Decadence
    Modernist views of reality
    Medieval Slavic culture
    Late Russian Realism
    Orthodox theology
    Russian religious thought

    Grants & Awards

    Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award (UC Berkeley)
    Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    National Slavic Honor Society, Dobro Slovo



    The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (under review)

    Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013)
    Articles and Book Chapters
    “Making the Symbolist Book/Fashioning the Symbolist Reader: The Case of Aleksandr Dobroliubov's Collected Verses” forthcoming in Reading in Russia. Literary Communication and Practices of Reading, 1760-1930, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds. (Milan: Di/Segni,) Forthcoming.


    “Decadent Style with a Symbolist Worldview: Andrei Bely, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Perils of Surfaces” Modernism/Modernity 21:1 ( January 2014): 269-282.
    "Aleksandr Blok and the Rise of Biographical Symbolism" Slavic and East European Journal  54:4 (Winter 2010): 626-642.
    “The Literal Symbolist: Solov’ev, Briusov, and the Reader of Early Russian Symbolism” The
    Russian Review 67:3 (July 2008): 373-386.
    “Polyphony and the Atomic Age: Bakhtin’s Assimilation of an Einsteinian Universe” PMLA 123:2
    (March 2008): 405-421.
    “Palitra simvolistov i ottenki Belogo: Estetika tsveta v rannei poetike A. Belogo” in Andrei Belyi
    izmeniaiushchemsia mire: k 125-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia. Moscow: Nauka, 2008: 508-514.
    “A Symbolist Palette: The Aesthetics of Andrei Bely’s Zoloto v lazuriInstitute of Slavic, East
    European, and Eurasian Studies Newsletter. Berkeley: ISEEES, Summer 2005.
    “Exploring the Body Shameful: Solov’ev, Sologub, and Original Sin” Studies in Slavic Cultures III
    Ed. Helena Goscilo and Seth Graham. Pittsburgh, PA: Department of Slavic Languages and
    Literatures and Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2002.
    Reviews & Letters
    Review of Red Spectres. Russian Gothic Tales from the Twentieth Century translated by Muireann Maguire. Slavic and East European Journal.
    Review of Вокруг редакционного архива “Современных записок”, Париж, 1920-1940: сборник статей и материалов. Под ред. Олега Коростелева и Манфреда Шрубы. Russian Journal of Communication (Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2014).
    Review of The Many Facets of Mikhail Kuzmin edited by Lada Panova and Sarah Pratt. The Russian Review (April 2012).
    “Forum” contribution. PMLA (October 2008).
    Review of Dramatised Narration: The Development of Joyce’s Narrative Technique from Stephen Hero
    to Ulysses by Kalina Filipova. The James Joyce Literary Supplement 22:2 (Fall 2008).
    Review of The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and Its Legacy by Galina Rylkova.
    Slavic and East European Journal 52:4 (Winter 2008).
    Review of Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses: Dynastic Cults in Medieval Central Europe by Gábor
    Klaniczay. Slavic and East European Journal 50:2 (Summer 2006), 379-380.

    Course Information

    RUS 101: Elementary Russian I

    RUS 102: Elementary Russian II

    RUS/LIT 172: Nabokov/Platonov: Revolution, Exile, and Artistic Genius in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Literature

    RUS 173 (FYS): Good Books, Bad Deeds: Murder, Mayhem, and Magic in Russian Literature

    RUS/LIT 272: Monsters, Loose and Tight: Exploring Russia’s Great Books

    RUS/BOS 274: Business in Today’s Russia: Culture, Society, and Capitalism

    RUS 301: Introduction to Literary Texts

    RUS 391: Directed Reading in the Language and Culture of Contemporary Russian Business

    LIT 271: Tutorial in Decadence and Degernation in Turn-of-the-Century European Literature

    LIT 274: Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian and American Years