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  • Lina Bernstein

    Professor of Russian
    Office: KEI213
    Office Hours: On sabbatical (2010-2011)

    Professional Biography


    Professor of Russian Language and Literature-Franklin & Marshall College 1991-
    Instructor in Russian Language and Literature-Mount Holyoke College 1986-1991
    Instructor in Russian-Amherst College 1988-1989
    Teaching Associate-University of Massachusetts 1985-1989
    Instructor in Russian-Middlebury College Summer Language School 1984-1989
    Graduate Teaching Assistant-University of California, Berkeley 1983-1984
    Instructor in Russian-The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies 1982-1983
    Instructor in Russian-University of Maryland 1983


    Ph.D. Comparative Literature-University of Massachusetts 1991
    Graduate School, Slavic Linguistics-University of California, Berkeley 1983-1984
    Diploma in Foreign Language Pedagogy, Concentration in English and German-Moscow (U.S.S.R.) Pedagogical Institute, Faculty of Foreign Languages 1972

    Research Interests

    Current research project: The Russian artist Magda Nachman Acharya

    Grants & Awards

    Franklin & Marshall College Summer Faculty Grant


    Woodrow Wilson Institute, Kennan Institute Research Grant


    Franklin & Marshall College Summer Faculty Grant


    The Harvard Davis Russian Center


    The Harriman Institute, Columbia University


    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: Gender and Identity in Russian Literature and Culture


    International Research & Exchange Board (IREX) Research Grant


    American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) Research Grant


    Franklin & Marshall College Summer Faculty Grant


    Mount Holyoke College Summer Faculty Grant



    "Letters of the Artist Magda Nachman from Ust-Dolyssy (1919-1920)" in Невельский сборник (Nevel Collection), St.Petersburg: Lema, 2011, 76-88 (co-author Lena Nekludova).

     “Л.С. Бакст и его ученики: история одного эксперимента” (Léon Bakst and his Students: The History of an Experiment), in Toronto Slavic Quarterly, v. 37, Summer 2011. (Co-author Lena Nekludova).

    Julia Obolenskaia. “В школе Званцoвой под руководством Л. Бакста и М. Добужинского”. Прочитано в Академии Художественных Наук. 1927 г. Публикация, комментарии и послесловие: Лина Бернштейн, Лена Неклюдова, ), in Toronto Slavic Quarterly, v. 37, Summer 2011. (At Zvantseva Art School under the direction of Leon Bakst and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. Publication, commentaries, and analysis by Lina Bernstein and Lena Nekludova.)

    “Немецкий романтизм на малороссийский лад: ‘иностранный язык’ Гоголя” (German Romanticism, Ukrainian Style), in  Двести лет Гоголя. Сборник научных работ, ed. Vassilii Shchukin. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2011, 105-114.

    “Russian Eighteenth-Century Popular Enlightenment Literature on Commerce,”  in Space of the Book, ed. Miranda Remnek, University of Toronto Press, 2011

    “Russian Eighteenth-Century Merchant Portraits in Words and in Oil,” Slavic and East European Journal, vol.49, no. 3, 2005.

    “Merchant ‘Correspondence’ and Russian Letter-Writing Manuals: Petr Ivanovich Bogdanovich and His Pis’movnik for Merchants.” Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 46, no. 4, 2002

    “The First Published Russian Letter-Writing Manual: Priklady kako pishutsia komplimenty raznye.” Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 46, no. 1, 2002

    “Avdot’ia Petrovna Elagina and her Contribution to Russian Letters,” in Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 40, no. 2, summer 1996

    “Women on the Verge of a New Language: Russian Literary Salons and their Hostesses in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century,” in Russia*Women*Culture, ed. Helena Goscilo and Beth Holmgren, Indiana University Press, 1996

    Gogol’s Last Book, Birmingham Slavonic Monographs No. 24, 1994


    Lives in Letters: Princess Zinaida Volkonskaia and her Correspondence by Bayara Aroutunova, reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal, Fall 1995, vol. 39, no. 3

    Kozma Prutkov. Fantasy, A Comedy in One Act. Translated from Russian and edited by Michael Green, Jerome Katsell, Stanislav Shvabrin. Mikastas Press. Del Mar--El Morro Village. 1999, reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal, Fall 2003, vol. 47, no. 3.

    Richard Stites. Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial Russia: The Pleasure and the Power. Yale University Press, 2005. Reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal, Winter 2006, vol. 50, no. 4.

    Nikolai Gogol: Between Ukrainian and Russian Nationalism by Edyta M. Bojanowska. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2007, reviewed in Slavic Review. Summer 2009, vol. 68, no. 2.

    David L. Ransel, A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchënov, Based on his Diary, in Biography, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2009.



    “The Russian Artist Magda Nachman in India,” NE SEEES, Barnard College, N.Y., N.Y.

    March 2013

    The Artist Magda Nachman in the years 1918–1921, AATSEEL Convention, Boston, MA

    January 2013

    «Материалы к биографии Магды Максимилиановны Нахман (конец 1880-х–1950) по переписке с друзьями», Nevel, Russia

    July 2011

    “Немецкий романтизм на малороссийский лад: ‘иностранный язык’ Гоголя”, Cracow, Poland

    April, 2009

    “Russian Eighteenth-Century Popular Enlightenment Literature on Commerce,” Conference on Print Culture, University of Illinois, Urbana, Il

    June, 2006

    “Merchants in the Eighteenth-Century Russian Imagination,” AATSEEL Convention, Toronto, Ontario

    November 2003

    “Petr Ivanovich Bogdanovich and His Pis’movnik for Merchants,” AATSEEL Convention, Pittsburg, PA

    November, 2002

    “The First Published Russian Letter-Writing Manual: Priklady kako pishutsia komplimenty raznye,” AATSEEL Convention, New Orleans, LA

    December, 2001

    “Russian Letter-Writing Manuals of the Late Eighteenth Century,” AAASS Convention, Arlington, VA

    November, 2001

    “Private and Public Personas: Negotiating the Mommy Track in the Age of Nicholas I,”AAASS Convention, Seattle

    November, 1997

    “Letters of A. P. Elagina,” AAASS Convention, Philadelphia

    November, 1994

    “Russian Salon Culture in the 1820s and the Salon Hostess A. P. Elagina,” AAASS Convention, Honolulu

    November, 1993

    “The End of the Holy City: The Prose of Alexander Kabakov,” Midwest Slavic Conference, Columbus

    May, 1992

    “Gogol’s Testament: A Key to Selected Passages,”AATSEEL Convention, San Francisco

    December, 1991

    Evenings on the Farm Near Dikanka: The Architecture of Reflection,” AATSEEL Convention, Chicago (Panel on “The Fantastic and Supernatural in Russian Literature”)

    December, 1990

    “Tiutchev and the Poetry of German Romanticism,” Midwest Slavic Conference, Urbana

    March, 1990

    “Soviet Students and Soviet Education,” National Association of Foreign Student Administrators Regional Conference, Springfield, Massachusetts

    October, 1989


    “Claimants to Royalty and Traveling Royals, 1610—1800,” AAASS Convention, Boston, Chair

    December 2004

    Eighteenth century Russian culture, the AATSEEL Annual Convention, New York, N.Y. Chair

    December, 2002

    Sentiment and Society in Eighteenth-Century Russia, the AAASS Annual Convention in Pittsburg, Organizer and presenter

    November, 2002

    Russian Jewish Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century, the AAASS Annual Convention in St.-Louis. Chair

    November, 1999

    Maternity Reconfigured:Russian Women Writers and their Literary Progeny, AAASS Convention, Seattle. Organizer and presenter

    November, 1997

    Poetics of Adaptation: Literary Icons in the Search for Self-Definition, AAASS Convention, Boston. Chair

    November, 1996

    Russian Catholics in the Nineteenth Century: Unpublished Sources, AAASS Convention, Washington, D.C. Organizer and Chair

    October, 1995

    Russian Contrarians Abroad, AAASS Convention, Philadelphia. Organizer and Chair

    November, 1994

    Women’s Texts, AAASS Convention, Philadelphia. Organizer and presenter

    November, 1994


    “Selected Passages from the Letters of Avdot’ia Petrovna Elagina,” Five College Slavic Seminar, Mount Holyoke College, March, 1995

    “Instruction in Letter Writing as a Tool in Peter’s Linguistic and Social Reforms,” Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto, October, 2001.

    Course Information

    The Russian novel from Pushkin to Tolstoy (in English)
    Russian literature in the Soviet period (in English)
    Literature and politics in Soviet Russia (in English)
    Russia: Twentieth Century in Print and Film

    The Novel, The World: European Novel
    The heroine in Russian literature (in English)
    Foundations course: Narrative and the Creation of Self
    The world of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace (First Year Seminar)
    Utopias and Revolutions (First Year Seminar)
    Tragic, Fantastic and Hilarious Russian Short Stories (First Year Seminar)
    Reading Dangerously: Women in Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Chekhov
    Introduction to literary texts (in Russian)
    Russian Short Story (in Russian)
    Russian stylistics
    Russian language (first through fourth years)
    The language of politics (intermediate through advanced)