Sara Jo Powell

Sara Jo Powell

Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sara Jo Powell

Sara earned her A.B from Bryn Mawr College in Russian. While there she focused both on Russian folklore, in particular the political influences on the collection and retelling of byliny in both the 19th and 20th centuries, and on Soviet film. Her senior thesis looked primarily at the mythological structures established by Soviet socialist realist films and the broad ranging influence of Stalinist art. While at Bryn Mawr, Sara was able to study at the KORA Institute in Vladimir, Russia for a year, where she interned at a local Waldorf-Emerson school. 

In 2015 Sara began her studies at Harvard University. Her interests include the presentation of Eastern Orthodox religious beliefs in film and literature, Stalinism, and Georgian literature and culture. In literature, Sara is particularly interested in poetry, and in 2015 won the Richmond Lattimore Prize for Poetic Translation for her translation of Dimitrii Kedrin's "Winter Station." 

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