Adrian Wanner
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Adrian Wanner

Adrian Wanner

Liberal Arts Research Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature

Russian literature; translation; migration and diaspora literature

237 Burrowes Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-1097


  1. Ph.D. Russian Literature, Columbia University, 1992
  2. Lic. Phil. (M.A. equivalent), French and Russian Philology, Zurich University, 1987
  3. Leningrad, Leningrad State University, 1985-86
  4. Paris, Universités Paris-IV and Paris-VIII, 1982-83
  5. Maturität, Type A (Latin and Greek), Kantonsschule Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1979


Dr. Wanner served as head of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2001 to 2008 and is currently co-director of the graduate program in German. He has published numerous articles in Slavic and comparative literature journals and is the author of three monographs: Baudelaire in Russia (University Press of Florida, 1996), Russian Minimalism: From the Prose Poem to the Anti-Story (Northwestern University Press, 2003), and Out of Russia: Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora (Northwestern University Press, 2011).  In addition he has published six editions of Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian poetry in his German verse translation.

Recent Courses

  • RUS 142Y: Russian Literature in English Translation, 1870 to Present
  • RUS/GER 143: The Culture of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany
  • RUS 405: Russian Poetry from the Golden Age to the Silver Age
  • CMLIT 120: Literature of the Occult

Recent Publications

  • “Moving Beyond the Russian-American Ghetto: The Fiction of Keith Gessen and Michael Idov.”  The Russian Review 73, no. 2 (Spring 2014), pp. 281-296.
  • Lolita and Kofemolka: Vladimir Nabokov’s and Michael Idov’s Self-Translations from English into Russian.”  Slavic and East European Journal 57, no. 3 (Fall 2013), pp. 450-464.
  • Vladislav Chodasevič: Europäische Nacht/ Европейская ночь.  Wuppertal/Vienna: Arco Verlag, 2013.
  • “Russian Jews as American Writers: A New Paradigm for Jewish Multiculturalism?”  MELUS 37, no. 2 (Summer 2012), pp. 157-176.
  • “The Russian Immigrant Narrative as Metafiction.” Slavic and East European Journal 55, no. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 58-74.
  • Out of Russia: Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora.  Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2011.


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