• Jon Stone
Assistant Professor of Russian and Russian Studies



Office: KEI217


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 


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