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Kirjanov, Daria
Practitioner in Residence
Arts & Sciences
Social Sciences
Maxcy Hall

    Dr. Kirjanov has been teaching Russian language, literature and culture to undergraduates since her graduate school days at Yale University. As a bilingual speaker of  Russian and English, she is interested in second language acquisition and in developing courses that prepare students for proficiency in professional Russian. Her research in language also focuses on developing pedagogical texts based on Russian children's literature and lyrics of popular songs. Making language come alive through cultural experience is a primary goal in her classes. To this end students reinforce their linguistic knowledge by singing Russian songs, cooking and eating together, writing toasts, making crafts, watching films, and reading and translating articles from the Russian media. She has traveled to Russia several times for research and has supervised numerous summer study seminars for students.

    Her research in Russian literature has  focused on constructs of memory and remembering in the prose of Anton Chekhov and his writing as it relates to social,  religious, and philosophical trends in  Russian culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The cultural connections between this period and the Russian Diaspora of the 20th century have informed her more recent research on Russia émigré culture and memoir literature, particularly by Russian writers in America.



    Ph.D., Yale University, Russian Literature, 1996
    MA, MPhil, Yale University, Slavic Languages and Literatures
    B.A., Wellesley College, Art History and Comparative Literature


    19th and 20th century Russian literature and culture; secondary language acquisition; heritage learners; Russian émigré studies; memoir  literature;  Post-Soviet cultural studies; religion in Russia and Eurasia; literary translation.


    All levels of Russian language; “Political Russian”;  “Russian Culture through Literature, Film, and the Media” (in English);  “From Folk Songs to Rock Hits: Folk Traditions in Contemporary Russian Culture”;  “Freshman Experience” ; “Utopian Dreams/Dystopian Nightmares (special section of Freshmen Experience)”; “UNH in Moscow” (a  language-through-culture summer course in Russia)


    Anton Chekhov and the Poetics of Memory. In Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature.

    Ed.  Horst Daemmrich. Peter Lang: New York, 2000.

    “Shamara,”  in  Svetlana Vasilienko, Shamara and Other Writings.  Ed., Helen

    Goscilo.  Northwestern University Press, 2001

    Review article, Biblical Subtexts and Religious Themes in Works of Anton Chekhov.  Mark Stanley Swift.

    in Slavic Review, 2006

    Review article, Anton Chekhov: A Life.  Donald Rayfield, 2001. In Slavic Review, 2002.

    Review article,  Anton P. Cechov - Philosophie und Religion in Leben und Werk. Munich, 1997.

    In North American Chekhov Society Bulletin, June/July 1999.


    Russkie Stsenki/Russian Skits: Interactive Web-based Materials for Intermediate Learners of Russian. Language Resource and Research Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2003


    “Prayer and Silence in Chekhov’s Stories ”

    “Shades of Plato’s Cave in Chekhov’s ‘Verochka’ and ‘The Man in a Case’”

    “Memory, Prayer, and Empathy  in Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Bishop’

    “Chekhov in the Context of  Russian Orthodoxy”

    "The Female Reader  in Anton Chekhov's 'Lady with a Lapdog'"


    A Chukovsky Reader for Russian Learners: Teaching Language  in the Context of Childrens’ Literature in Verse

    A Study of the Works of Russian Émigré Writers Anatoly Markov and Sergei Volkonsky, including a translation of Markov’s memoirs into English.


    Association of American Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages  (AATSEEL)

    Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEES)