Dr. Olga Rosenblum

Literary scholar, research fellow in the Program Area World Literature with the seminar series The Dissident Library, from April to September 2022 with a Memory Work fellowship by the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany at Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

CV

  • 2003: MA in Philology, Russian and German literature and History, Institute of Philology and History, Russian State University for the Humanities
  • 2005: MA in Cultural Studies, Institute of European Cultures, Moscow
  • 2005: PhD in Russian Literature, Russian State University for the Humanities
  • 2004-2022: Institute of Philology and History, Russian State University for the Humanities (positions held: 2004-2010: Assistant, Lecturer, Senior lecturer, 2010-2022: Assistant Professor)

NGO Civic Assistance Committee, Center for Adaptation and Education of the refugees' and forced migrants' children, Moscow

  • 1998-2004:  Volunteer teacher of Russian as a foreign language
  • 2004-2011: Tutor for volunteers teaching Russian language courses
  • 2011-2014: Director of the Center

Fellowships

  • 2020: visiting professor, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
  • 2019-2020: Willy-Brandt Stiftung, Berlin, Project „Soviet dissidents looking for cooperation abroad“
  • 2020: Memory Work grant, Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, for organizing a webinar „To Imagine and to present crime and responsibility in labour camp and other  museums in German speaking and Russian speaking countries“  
  • 2019: Marion Dönhoff Stiftung, Project „GULAG seen by socialist realism: the ways of coping with the past in prose and film in the 1960s“
  • 2010: DAAD grant (Immanuel Kant) for research stay at the Institute of Slavic Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Project „Biography models in the Soviet Literature in the 1940-1980s“
  • 2009: Erasmus Mundus grant for research stay at Institute of Slavic Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin 

Research Interests

  • The public and public discussion during the “Thaw” period in Russia
  • Open letters as a genre and a field of open discussion
  • Trial transcripts as a genre between literature and the law
  • Soviet dissidents: culture of protest and ways of self-representation
  • Repressions under Stalin represented in Soviet film and official literature in the 1950s-1960s
  • Interactions of Samizdat and official culture
  • Biography models as represented in Soviet literature
  • Russian as a foreign language: teaching migrants

Publications

Monographs

Papers

  • „Diskussiy ne bylo“: otkrytye pisma konza 1960-h gg. kak pole obshestvennoy refleksii [Open letters in the late 1960s as a field of public reflection]. In: New Literary Observer. 2020. №164. pp. 38-51. Full version: Nesovershennaya publichnaya sfera. Istoriya rezhimov publichnosti v Rossii. Sbornik statey. Ed. by T. Atnashev, T. Vaizer, M. Velizhev. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2021. pp. 416-446.
  • Sozdat’ „publlizistiku v nastoyashem smysle slova“ (1956): zapis’ obsuzhdeniya romana V. Dudintseva kak gazetny otchet i dokument samizdata [“Creating „true opinion-based journalism” (1956): the record of the discussion on Dudintsev’s novel as a newspaper notice and a document of samizdat]. In: Acta Samizdatica. Zapiski o samizdate [Notes on Samizdat]. 2018. №4. pp. 91-139.  
  • O „literaturnosti“, „dokumentalizme“ i „juridicheskom jazyke“ zapisei suda nad Brodskim. Obsuzhdeniye doklada Olgi Rosenblum „Zapisat’ sud nad Brodskim – kak i dlya kogo?“ v Mezhdunarodnom Memoriale 21 iyunya 2017 g. [On “literariness”, „documentness“ and „law language“ of the transcripts from Brodsky’s trial. Discussion of the paper presentation of Olga Rosenblum „To take the minutes of the court hearing during the trial of Brodsky – how and for whom?“ in International Memorial, June 21, 2017]. In: Acta Samizdatica. Zapiski o samizdate   2018. №4. pp. 249-278. (Transcript of an oral presentation with comments of the participants)
  • “No ot znaniya do povedeniya tozhe est’ eshe put’, i nemalyi”: obraz pisatelya-zashitnika v vospominaniyach o Fride Vigdorovoi (1965-1966) [„There is a distance from knowledge to the action, and a long one”. The image of a writer as a defender in the memoirs about Frida Vigdorova (1965–1966)]. In: Semiotika povedeniya i literaturnye strategii: Lotmanovskiye chteniya-XXII. Moscow: RGGU, 2017. pp. 303-321.
  • The defense practice in the case of Joseph Brodsky: creating principles. In: Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej, Zeszyt 3: Ruch obywatelski w Federacji Rosyjskiej. Nowe obszary działania, zagrożenia, tradycje, Ed. by M. Radziwon. Lublin: Institute of East-Central Europe, 2016. pp. 95-110.
  • “Soobshestvo” v tekstach Okudzhavy: suzheniye i rasshireniye granits ['Community' in Okudzhava’s works: narrowing and widening the boundaries]. In: Belye chteniya. K 85-letiyu Galiny Andreevny Beloy: sbornik nauchnych statey. Ed. by V.Yu. Malkina. Moscow: Editus, 2016. pp. 112-123.
  • Bulat Okudzhava i avtorskaya pesnya [Bulat Okudzhava and author song] // Russian Literature. 2015. LXXVII-II. Special issue. pp. 175-195.
  • Zoya Kosmodem’yanskaya: Ėvoluciya „geroya“ kak “kul’turnogo geroya” v 1940-e [Zoya Kosmodem’yanskaya: Evolution of the “Hero” as a “Cultural Icon” in the 1940s]. In: Detskiye chteniya. 2013. №1. Ed. by M. Litovskaya, S. Maslinskaya et. al. Ekaterinburg: Kabinetny ucheny. pp. 135-147.
  • Diskussii o biograficheskich kategoriyach v zhurnale „Literaturny kritik“: “Razgovor o geroye” Eleny Usievich [Discussions about biographical categories in the journal “Literary Critic”: “Speaking on a hero” by Elena Usievich]. In: Pravo na imya. Biografika XX veka. Chteniya pamyati Veniamina Iofe. Ed. by M. Klementi. Sankt-Petersburg: Nauchno-informacionny centr Memorial Sankt-Peterburg. Evropeisky universitet v Sankt-Peterburge, 2013. pp. 43-49. 
  • „Uprazdnenny teatr“ Bulata Okudzhavy: detstvo „slepogo pokoleniya“ [Bulat Okudshava’s The Show was Over: Childhood of the “blind generation”]. In: „Gulay tam, gde vse“. Istoriya sovetskogo detstva: opyt i perspektivy issledovaniya. Ed. by V.G.Bezrogov, M.V. Tendryakova. Moscow: RGGU, 2013. pp. 333-347. 
  • Bulat Okudshava v „legal’nom“ i „nepodcenzurnom“ prostranstvach: о sposobach samovyrazheniya i kul’turnoy funkcii [Bulat Okudshava in „legal“ and „uncensored“ space: On the ways of self-expression and cultural function]. In: Philologicheskiye tradicii v sovremennom literaturnom i lingvisticheskom obrazovanii: Sbornik nauchnyсh statey. Vypusk 11. Vol. 1. Ed. by E.F. Schafranskaya. Moscow: MGPI, 2012. pp. 162-165.
  • Bulat Okudzhava’s War Songs and Poetry: The three images of the past. In: Ethics and Humanism in European Science, Environment and Culture. Ed. by M. Jaskula, B. Buszewski, A. Sekowski and Z. Zagorski. Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum, Krakow-Lublin-Torun, 2011. pp. 213-215.
  • “Byvshee”, “istoriya” i drugie sposoby vydeleniya proshlogo v stihah Bulata Okudzhavy ob Arbate [“What has passed”, “history” and other ways of distinguishing the past in Bulat Okudzhava's poetry about the Arbat], in: Pravo na imya. Vosmye chteniya pamyati Veniamina Iofe. Sankt-Petersburg, 2011. pp. 123-134.
  • Okudshava. In: Russkie pisateli, ХХ vek: biografichesky slovar’. Ed. by I.O. Shaitanov. Мoskau: Prosveshenie, 2009. pp. 385-387.
  • Emozionalny spektr i kanaly opyta v “normativnoy biografii” (Zoya M. Aliger) [Emotions and the ways of experience in “normative” biography” (“Zoya” M. Aliger)].  In: Pravo na imya. Biografika 20 veka. Epokha i lichnost’: rakursy istoricheskogo ponimaniya. Sankt-Petersburg, 2008. pp. 149-155. Reprinted in: Pravo na imya. Chteniya pamyati Veniamina Iofe. Izbrannoye 2003–2012. Ed. by T. Pritykina. Sankt-Petersburg: Nauchno-informacionny centr Memorial Sankt-Petersburg. Evropeisky universitet v Sankt-Peterburge, 2013. pp. 52-59.
  • Okudzhava v 1946-1948 gg.: “Solomennaya lampa”, konsultazii G.V. Kreitana, sledstvennoe delo [Okudzhava in 1946-1948: the “Straw Lamp”, consultations with Kreitan, the MGB (Ministry of internal affairs) investigation]. In: Vestnik RGGU, Philology, 2008, pp. 161-177.
  • Put’ v literature Bulata Okudzhavy: mezhdu ofizial’noi kul’turoi i kulturnoi periferiei [The way to the literature of Bulat Okudzhava: between official culture and cultural periphery]. In: Voprosy literatury, 2007. pp. 177-213.
  • Konstruirovaniye biograficheskogo teksta kak kommunikaziya [Constructing a biography as communication], in: Kommunikativnye strategii kultury i gumanitarnye tekhnologii. Sankt-Petersburg, 2007. pp. 135-155.
  • Otnosheniye avtora k sobstvennomu tekstu kak tekstologicheskaya problema: Bulat Okudzhava [The author’s attitude to his own text as textological problem: Bulat Okudzhava]. Russkaya filologiya. 16. Sbornik statei molodyh filologov. Tartu, 2005. pp. 133-139.
  • Realny chitatel’ i obraz chitatelya: zapiski iz zala, adresovannye Bulatu Okudzhave [A real reader and reader’s image: Notes from the audience addressed to Bulat Okudzhava]. Russkaya filologiya. 15. Sbornik statei molodyh filologov. Tartu, 2004. pp. 162-167.
  • Avtobiograficheski mif Bulata Okudzhavy (v pesnyah, stihah, proze) [Bulat Okudzhava’s autobiographical myth (in songs, poems, prose)]. Studia Slavica. Sbornik statei molodyh filologov. IV. Tallinn, 2004. pp. 124-133. 
  • O nekotorych temach i obrazach knigi Lirika [Themes and images of Okudzhava’s book “Lyrics”], in: Okudzhava. Problemy poetiki i tekstologii. 2002. pp. 51-67.

Publishing archival records with commentaries, other commentaries

Introductory notes, conference reviews, reviews of scientific publications and exhibitions

  • “V nekotorom otnoshenii prognoz blagopriyatny”. Olga Rosenblum o russkom izdanii perepiski Heinricha Böllya i Lva Kopeleva. [„To a certain degree the forecast is a good one”. Olga Rosenblum on publication of the correspondence carried on by Heinrich Böll und Lev Kopelev in Russian]. In: https://www.colta.ru/articles/boell/17037-v-nekotorom-otnoshenii-prognoz-blagopriyatnyy, January 12, 2018.
  • Berlin 1937: v teni zavtrashnego dnya [Berlin 1937: In the shadow of tomorrow]. In: https://urokiistorii.ru/article/53915, September 6, 2017.
  • „Hotite, ya vam pochitayu?“ [Do you want me to read it for you?] [Review of the book: Frida Vigdorova. Pravo zapisyvat’. [Right for recording]. In: https://gorky.media/reviews/hotite-ya-vam-pochitayu/, April, 10, 2017.
  • Voyna Bulata Okudshavy [Bulat Okudshava‘s war]. In: Okudshava, Bulat. Bud’ zdorov, shkolyar. Uroki muzyki. Utro krasit nezhnym svetom, ed. Bernstein, I. Moscow: Samokat, 2014. pp. 124-146. 
  • Belye chteniya (RGGU, Moscow, October 19–22, 2011). In: Novoye literaturnoye obozreniye. 2012. №118. pp. 489-498. 
  • Krugly stol “Kak pisat’ istoriyu sovetskoy literatury?” (October 20, 2011, Moscow, RGGU, Institut philologii i istorii, Belye chteniya) [Roundtable discussion „How to write History of Soviet literature?“]. In: Detskiye chteniya. 2012. № 2. pp. 256-262.  
  • Mezhdunarodnaya nauchnaya konpherentsiya “Belye cteniya”, Moscow, RGGU, October 21-23, 2010 [International scholarly conference „Belye chteniya“]. In: Novoye literaturnoye obozreniye. 2011. № 111 (on the Website only), https://magazines.gorky.media/nlo/2011/5/mezhdunarodnaya-nauchnaya-konferencziya-belye-chteniya.html
  • “Puteshestviye diletantov“ Bulata Okudzhavy: “proshloye” i “dokument” [Bulat Okudzhava’s The Dilettantes’ Journey: “the past” and “a document”]. [Book review: Ouvarova, Svetlana: 2009. Metaistoriya Bulata Okudshava. Obraz dokumenta v romane „Puteshestviye diletantov“ (Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. Stockholm Studies in Russian Literature), 222 p.]. In: Novoye literaturnoye obozreniye. 2011. №111. pp. 367-372. 
  • Vernut’sya k kornyam [Going back to the origins]. [Book review: Erik Kulavig. Dissent in the years of Khruschev: nine stories about disobedient Russians (Moscow: AIRO-XXI, 2009)] // Novoye Literaturnoye Obozreniye. 2010. №101. pp.392-396.
    Svyaz’ vremen [The link of times]. [Book review: Irina Kaspe. Art of Absence: The Unnoticed Generation of Russian Literature] / Russky Zhurnal. 2006. June 6.
  • Mezhdu marginal’nost’yu i meinstrimom [Between marginality and mainstream] // Russky Zhurnal. 2006. March 15.

Methodical notes: on academic writing, teaching migrants’ children, course outline

  • Navyki, treniruemye EGE, i akademicheskoye pis’mo: smena praktik [Experience gathered after preparations for the Unified State Examination: change of the practice areas]. In: Gumanitarnye chteniya RGGU-2011, ed. Bak, D.P.,  Perlov, A.M. Moscow: RGGU, 2012. pp. 308-320.
  • Obucheniye detey migrantov: effektivnost’ v pare s etikoy [Teaching the migrants’ children: Effectivness united with ethics].  In: Russky Zhurnal: http://www.russ.ru/Mirovaya-povestka/Obuchenie-detej-migrantov-effektivnost-v-pare-s-etikoj, March 2, 2012.
  • “Akademicheskoye pis’mo” posle podgotovki k EGE [„Academic Writing“ after preparing for the Unified State Examination]. In: Vyssheye obrazovaniye v Rossii. 2011. № 8-9. pp. 123-128. 
  • Obucheniye praktike akademicheskoy (analiticheskoy) raboty [Teaching to work academically (analytically)]. In: Dni aspirantury RGGU, ed. Trembich, L.P. Moscow: RGGU, 2011. pp. 90-91.
  • “Uchit’ uchitelya”: podgotovka k reabilitatsionnoy i adaptatsionnoy obrayovatel’noy deyatel’nosti [„To teach a teacher“: to train those who will work in scope of rehabilitation and adapting [for schooling]]. In: Rebenok v istorii i kulture, ed. Obuchov, A.S., Tendryakova, M.V. (Moscow: 2010), pp. 325-342. Reprinted in: Podgotovka uchitelya k reabilitatsionnoy i adaptatsionnoy deyatel’nosti. In: Voprosy vospitaniya: nauchno-praktichesky zhurnal. 2011. № 4. pp. 30-45.
  • Istoriya russkoi kul’tury (period “ottepeli”). Programma kursa. [History of Russian culture (the “Thaw” era). Program for a course. Comp.by O.M. Rosenblum]. Moscow: RGGU, 2010. 24 p.
  • “Metod”, ‘subjektivnost’’, “mezhdisziplinarnost” v slovoupotreblenii aspirantov-gumanitariev [The notions of «method», «subjectivity», «interdisciplinary» as understood by postgraduate students in humanities], in: Dni aspirantury RGGU [Postgraduate studies at RSUH]. Moscow: RGGU, 2009. pp. 60-70.
  • Adaptaziya i obrazovaniye detei migrantov. Psihologicheskiye problemy. [Adaptation and education of refugee children. Psychological problems]. Russky yazyk, 2001. Dec. Nr 46 (310). pp. 3-4.

Interviews with dissidents

Interviews on Joseph Brodsky Affaire: To centennial of Frida Vigdorova

Courses

Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), Moscow, Institute of Philology and History (2004-2022):

  • supervision of bachelor and master theses 
  • courses for undergraduate and graduate students:
    • Russian literature of the 20th century
    • Soviet literary criticism
    • Soviet official and underground culture
    • Soviet history represented in Soviet literature 
    • Biography studies
    • Academic writing
    • Russian language
  • PhD students of different faculties (2007-2010):
  • Methodology of humanities (coordinating and teaching)

The international educational scientific center “Higher School for European Cultures” (2019)

  • Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries 

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2020)

  • Reckoning with Stalinism in Soviet Politics, Literature, and Film
  • Russian language for heritage speakers

Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Faculty of Public Administration, Moscow (2009-2011)

  • Russian language