Holly Myers

Term Assistant Professor


First Year Foundation, Slavic


226-A Milbank


Holly Myers teaches courses at Barnard on 20th- and 21st-century Russian literature and culture; on international trends in documentary modes; on the artistic representation of violence and trauma; and on cultural expressions of nationalism and national identity. She also teaches a First-Year Seminar called Fact/Fiction: Telling the Truth Creatively, on literature and film that blend elements of fiction and non-fiction.

Prof. Myers received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages from Columbia University in 2018. Her dissertation, Revising Afghanistan: Authors, Readers, and the Story of the Soviet-Afghan War in Competing Ideologies for the Post-Soviet State; considers as case studies work of Svetlana Alexievich and Alexander Prokhanov, two contemporary authors who, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, use the Soviet-Afghan War as a vehicle to advance ideas about the relationship between citizens and sovereigns. Her secondary research interests include the question of women's literature as a subgenre, the concept of home in Russian and Soviet literature, environmental humanities, literature, and film from Central Asia, and intersections between literature and music.

Prof. Myers holds a B.A. (2005) in English and Music from Amherst College, an M.A. (2009) in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia, and a M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2018) in Slavic Languages from Columbia University.

Columbia University, New York NY
M.A. in Slavic Languages (2012)
Ph.D. (2018) in Slavic Languages

University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (2009)

Amherst College, Amherst MA
B.A. in English and Music (2005)

Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russian literature and film

Svetlana Aleksievich's Changing Narrative of the Soviet-Afghan War in Zinky Boys; Canadian Slavonic Papers, Svetlana Alexievich: The Writer and her Times (Special Issue), Fall 2017. [http://dxdoi.org/10.1080/00085006.2017.1379115]

Nocturnal Escape for Chekhov's Sleeping Ladies; Symposion: A Journal of Russian Thought, Philadelphia: U of the Arts, 2010: v. 15, pp. 21-36.

Ilf and Petrov's Zolotoj Telenok: Russian at the Periphery, Asian at the Core. A Satirical Depiction of Soviet Influence in Turkestan,” Studies in Slavic Cultures, Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh, August 2010: v. IX, pp. 43-65.]

Big Village Lights, film review, KinoKultura, Jul 2017.

River of Love, film review; Adaptations of Anna Karenina, Tolstoy Studies Journal: Anna Karenina for the 21st Century, Nov 2016.

Territory: Patriotism without Propaganda, film review, KinoKultura, Oct 2015.

Reconstructing Contexts: The Music Around Tolstoy's Novella Kreutzer Sonata

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