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Vladimir Alexandrov

B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Slavic Languages & Literatures

Alexandrov_vladimir_hi-res Vladimir Alexandrov, B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale, is a specialist in Russian literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Professor Alexandrov is well known on campus for his popular lecture courses and seminars on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, and other writers, and received the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in Yale College in 2006. During the past thirty plus years, he has served as Chair of the Slavic Department, as well as director of undergraduate and graduate studies.  He was a lecturer on Yale Alumni trips to Russia in 2011 and 2017, and freelanced on another in 2012.
Professor Alexandrov has published four books and several dozen articles on various aspects of Russian literature and literary theory; a number of these have been translated into Russian. His book
Limits to Interpretation: The Meanings of Anna Karenina, won a major prize from the Modern Language Association of America and was a finalist for a prize from a Slavic organization. His latest book, entitled The Black Russian, is the biography of the son of former slaves from Mississippi who led a remarkable life as a rich and famous theatrical entrepreneur in tsarist Moscow and as the "Sultan of Jazz" in Constantinople in the 1920s.  It won the Yale MacMillan Center's Gustav Ranis International Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize (UK), made several "Ten Best of 2013" lists, including the San Francisco Chronicle, is under development as a musical and has been optioned for a movie.  It has also been translated into Russian and Turkish and is forthcoming in Japanese.  Vladimir Alexandrov is completing a new book about a Russian revolutionary terrorist, political activist, and writer tentatively entitled To Break Russia's Chains:  Boris Savinkov's Wars against the Tsar, Lenin, and the Bolsheviks.  His next project will be a book entitled Lincoln and the Russians.

Professor Alexandrov has a special interest in the Russian period of Alaskan history (1733-1867), and will give talks on this topic.  He will be accompanied by his wife, Sybil Alexandrov, Senior Lector II in Spanish and Portuguese at Yale, who won the The Richard H. Brodhead '68 Prize for Teaching Excellence in Yale College in 2011 and is a specialist on Spanish Language Heritage teaching.  Sybil Alexandrov has also been elected to the Yale Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate.

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