Visiting Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Yuri Corrigan is Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature and Convener of Russian at the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Boston University. He received his PhD in Russian Literature from Princeton University in 2008.
He studies the intersections of literature, philosophy, religion, and psychology in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century Russian, European, and American culture – with a focus on the Russian nineteenth century. His book, Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self (forthcoming in 2017) traces Dostoevsky’s artistic meditation on the human being as it took shape over the course of his career and as it laid the groundwork for psychoanalytic, existentialist, and postmodernist thought while attempting to preserve religious notions of self, soul, and spirit for a post-religious age. He is currently working on two new book projects, the first a series of contemporary literary dialogues with Dostoevsky, titled The Afterlife of Religion, which explores how contemporary novelists (such as Donna Tartt, Elena Ferrante, and Marilynne Robinson, among others) have drawn on Dostoevsky’s works in reanimating religious ideas in a secular context; the second, Reading Chekhov as a Guide to Russian Philosophy explores Chekhov’s writing as a prism for the crises of moral philosophy in pre-revolutionary Russia.
Dr. Corrigan is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in spring 2018. He will be teaching Slavic 149: Chekhov.
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