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Kevin M.F. Platt

Kevin M.F. Platt

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Russian and East European Studies

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Platt works on representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, history and memory in Russia, Russian lyric poetry, and global post-Soviet Russian cultures. He is the author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell UP, 2011) and History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution (Stanford, 1997; Russian edition 2006). He is the editor of Global Russian Cultures (Wisconsin UP, 2018) and the co-editor (with David Brandenberger) of Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Wisconsin UP, 2006). 

Dr. Platt is the organizer of Your Language My Ear, a periodic Russian–English poetry translation symposium that takes place at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also edited and contributed translations to a number of books of Russian poetry in English translation, most recently Orbita: The Project (Arc Publications, 2018) and Hit Parade: The Orbita Group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015).

His current projects include a study of contemporary Russian culture in Latvia, tentatively titled Near Abroad, a study of history and memory in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, and a study of global cultural exchange in the twentieth century. 

Selected Publications:

Essay with Connor Doak and Vlad Strukov, “The Transnational Turn in Russian Studies, NewsNet: Newsletter of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. March, 2020.

Editor and author of introduction: “Alexander Skidan: Two films, two poems and an interview.” Feature cluster of materials in Jacket2. March 2, 2018.

Republication of introduction and selection of poems from Hit Parade: The Orbita Group on site Deep Baltic. July 14, 2016.

“Poetry in the Cloud: An Experiment, Results, and n+1 Hypotheses.” World Literature Today. Vol. 85, No. 6 (November, 2011). Pp. 40-43.

“The Post-Soviet is Over: On Reading the Ruins.” Republics of Letters. Vol. 1, No. 1 (2009).

Global Russian Cultures

Kevin M. F. Platt, editor

Wisconsin University Press, 2018

Orbita: The Project

Artur Punte, Vladimir Svetlov, Sergej Timofejev, Semyon Khanin

Kevin M. F. Platt, lead translator

Arc Publications, 2018

Hit Parade: The ORBITA Group

Artur Punte, Vladimir Svetlov, Sergej Timofejev, Semyon Khanin

Kevin M. F. Platt, editor and lead translator

Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015

Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths 

Kevin M. F. Platt

Cornell University Press, 2011

Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda

Edited by Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger

University of Wisconsin Press, 2005

History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution

Kevin M. F. Platt

Stanford University Press, 1997

 

 

 

Publications

Courses Taught

fall 2020

spring 2020

fall 2018

spring 2016

spring 2015

ENGL 573.401 Modernisms Across Borders  

spring 2014

fall 2013

ENGL 100.401 Representing History  

spring 2011

ENGL 573.401 Modernisms Across Borders