Lynn Ellen Patyk

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Russian

  • Associate Professor of Russian

  • Associate Editor, The Russian Review

I very broadly specialize in Russian Studies, which encompasses anything having to do with Russia. But my current interests revolve around political communication in its many forms and cultural representations. Increasingly I am intrigued by tactics and devices – that is, questions of formal method and technique involved in art and politics, and the way that these develop in specific media environments and technologies.

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  • A.B. Middlebury College
  • M.A. Stanford University (Russian and East European Studies)
  • Ph.D. Stanford University (Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Selected Publications

  • "Little Big and the Viral Gesamtkunstwerk," in Studies in Russian and Soviet Film Vol. 15 Issue 3 October 2021

  • "Dostoevskian Provocation and the Provocateurs Karamazov" in Slavonic and East European Review,  99 (1) January 2021, 41-70

  • "The Return of 'Provokatsiia' in Putin-Era Russia" Russian Review 79 (1)  January 2020, 83-112

  • "Terrorism and Provocation in Bely's Petersburg," in Leonid Livak ed.  A Reader's Guide to Andrei Bely's Petersburg  (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019)

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Works In Progress

  • Dostoevsky's Provocateurs (forthcoming, Northwestern University Press, Spring 2023)

  • Raising Russia, Fighting Fear (book manuscript, estimated date of completion 2024)

  • Funny Dostoevsky, co-edited with Irina Erman (estimated date of completion 2023)