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Polina Dimova

Visiting Scholar

Polina Dimova holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and is a scholar of Russian and European literature, music, and visual art. Nearing completion, her book At the Crossroads of the Senses studies how Modernist multimedia experiments stemmed from a fascination with synaesthesia, the figurative or neurological mixing of the senses—for instance, in the perception of sound as color. Dimova has published on electricity in Russian Symbolism and Alexander Scriabin’s music, on Evgenii Zamiatin’s literary appropriation of Scriabin’s musical ideas, on Sergei Prokofiev’s early ballets and songs, and on Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss’s adaptations of the Salome legend. As an NEH Fellow at the 2018 Cold War Cultures Summer Institute, she began work on a new book: Cold War Fantasies in the Soviet Union, East Germany, and Bulgaria.  Dimova joined Vanderbilt as a Lecturer of Russian in 2017-18, and has taught a wide variety of courses in Russian and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, Oberlin College, and Vanderbilt University. She is currently a W. T. Bandy Research Fellow in Baudelaire Studies and an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.