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Kirjanov, Daria
Practitioner in Residence
Arts & Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences - Modern Languages
Room 3601
1136 Campbell

    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. 



    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)