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Irina Denischenko

Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian Culture

Irina Denischenko is a Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian Culture in the Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies. Her work focuses on 20th-century literature, art,  and literary theory in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Russia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. She teaches comparative courses on the avant-garde, fairy tales, archives and creative writers, and literary theory. 

Irina has published articles on Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of cognition and Czech avant-garde photopoetry, as well as a number of book reviews and translations. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Democratic Representation in Art, which examines early 20th-century theories of the novel alongside Vladimir Mayakovsky’s experimentation with the lyric’s capacity to represent others’ voices. Irina is also currently editing a volume of new Bakhtin translations and a collection of critical articles on Dada in Central and Eastern Europe.

Irina holds a B.A. from Stanford University (2007). After receiving an M.A. degree in History from the Central European University (2008), she went on to pursue further graduate studies at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature in 2018.