Daria Kirjanov, Ph.D.

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Practitioner in Residence

Division of Humanities - Modern Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D., Yale University, Russian Literature, 1996

M.A., MPhil, Yale University, Slavic Languages and Literatures

B.A., Wellesley College, Art History and Comparative Literature

About Daria

Dr. Kirjanov received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University and taught Russian literature, culture, and all levels of Russian language at Knox College and the University of Pennsylvania before coming to the University of New Haven. Making language come alive through cultural experience is a primary goal in her classes. To this end, students learn Russian by doing Russian: singing Russian songs, cooking and eating together, participating in hands-on workshops, watching films, taking field trips to Russian-speaking venues and reading and translating the Russian media. As a translator of Russian literary and professional texts herself, she teaches her students the fundamentals of translation with the goal of equipping them with practical and marketable skills. She has traveled to Russia several times for research and has supervised numerous language and cultural immersion programs for students.

Her research interests in language pedagogy include Russian for heritage learners, curricular development for teaching Russian for the professions, and the use of children's literature, cartoons, and popular songs in the intermediate classroom. She is also engaged in research on the interplay between culture and Russian literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and has participated in national and international conferences. Her book, The Poetics of Memory in the Works of Anton Chekhov, focuses on how modes of memory in Chekhov's plays and prose relate to social, religious, and philosophical trends in Russian culture of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies. The connections between this period and the Russian-speaking Diaspora of post-revolutionary Russia have informed her current research on memoir literature by Russian émigré writers who immigrated to the United States after World War II.

Research Interests

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.


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.

Pedagogical Materials

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

Selected Papers

"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'"

Research in Progress

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.

Professional Memberships

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

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

Courses Taught
  • 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
  • First-Year Experience
  • Utopian Dreams/Dystopian Nightmares (special section of First-Year Experience)
  • University of New Haven in Moscow (a language-through-culture summer course in Russia)