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Alexander Levitsky

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures:
Slavic Languages
Phone: +1 401 863 2835
Phone 2: +1 401 863 2689
Alexander_Levitsky@Brown.edu

Professor Levitsky's principal areas of research include Eighteenth-Century and Modern Russian literature, Slavic Baroque (Russian, Ukrainian, Czech and Polish), Czech literature, theory and practice of translation. Having published on topics, ranging widely from the medieval to modern Russian and generally Slavic literatures, he is a recognized specialist on Russian Sacred Poetry with an edited volume on V. K. Trediakovsky's Psalter and the History of Russian Sacred Verse (Shoeningh, 1989) and on the cultural legacy of G. R. Derzhavin to which he has contributed dozens of studies, articles, and a Bilingual Album of G.R. Derzhavin's Poetic Works (Brown Slavic Contributions, 2001).

Biography

Alexander Levitsky is a native of Prague, Czech Republic. In 1964 he became a political refugee (by crossing two international borders literally on foot) and lived ever since in the west (first in France and then in the USA). All his undergraduate and graduate education was done in the US (at the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, respectively). A specialist in eighteenth- century and modern Russian literature, Levitsky holds a Ph. D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Before coming to Brown in 1975, he has held teaching positions at the University of Michigan and Middlebury College. Since his coming to Brown over 30 years ago he has also held semester-long teaching engagements by invitation from Charles University, Prague, Hieronimus Pragensis College, Czech Republic, and Harvard University. Currently, Alexander Levitsky is a Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Brown University and-prior to 2004-has served as Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages for seven years and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown for over fifteen years.

Interests

Profesor Levitsky's vital areas of scholarly interest, in addition to his principal areas of research, include poetry, fantasy and science-fiction, music and its relation to prosody, art, architecture and film. His recent work has focused on editing Collected Works of Russia's foremost early-modern poet, G.R. Derzhavin. Moreover, he has just completed a new book on Russian Fantasy, titled "Worlds Apart," forthcoming from the Overlook Press, NY (2007). He collects Russian stamps, pre-revolutionary postcards, paintings and objects of art. His classical music collection (especially chamber and symphonic music) includes over 8,000 hours of recordings (principally LP's and tapes). He plays duplicate bridge (holding a Life-Master title) and loves meeting people and travel.

Degrees

Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1977. A. M., The University of Michigan, 1972. A. B., The University of Minnesota, 1970.

Awards

Professor Levitsky has been a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the following: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays and International Research and Exchanges Board Fellowships, National Defense Foreign Language Fellowships, American Conference of Teachers of Russian Grants, Henry Wriston Fellowship (at Brown), and other grants, as listed below:

l968- Honors Student stipend awards (for academic years 1968-9 and 1969-70), University of Minnesota.

l970 University of Minnesota Honors Grant for a Spring-semester study at Leningrad University, sponsored by Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

l970 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (I year of support)

l970-2 National Defense Foreign Language (NDFL) Title VI Fellowship (2 years of support)

l972-3 University of Michigan Graduate School and H.H. Rackam Prize Fellowship.

l973-4 Joint Fulbright-Hays and International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Fellowships, sponsoring doctoral dissertation research in the Soviet Union for 14 months (Topic: Sacred Ode in Eighteenth-century Russian Literature)

l974-5 Teaching Fellowship in Russian, University of Michigan

l980 Fellow of the Russian Research Center, Harvard University (2 years)

l98l Henry Wriston Fellowship, Brown University

l982 Invited by Middlebury College to teach a Seminar on Early Russian Literature for the Graduate Program in Russian Literature

l983 International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) participant in the Research Exchange Program with the USSR (Topic: "Religious poetry in early 19th-c. Russian Literary Culture")

l987 Elected to Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

1990 Selected both by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and American Conference of Teachers of Russian to participate in a 4-month independent archival research study in Russia on "Derzhavin's role in Russian Literature."

1992 Short Term IREX Research Grant for St. Petersburg

1995 Asked by the leading publisher in Russia, Terra, to become an editor in chief of the critical edition of collected works by the foremost Russian poet, G. R. Derzhavin.
1999 Elected to the Board of Trustees for Collegium Hieronimus Pragensis, Czech Republic (Served for the past 7 years)

2000 Taught as a Visiting Senior Professor, Charles University, Prague

2001 Member, Academic Advisory Board for Collegium Hieronimus Pragensis, Czech Republic

2001 Recognized by a Diploma for distinguished service from the Jewish Community Center Community, Providence, RI

2002 Elected to and Listed in the United Who's Who Directory, 2002-3
Invited to chair the Slavic Department at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 Elected by the Academic Advisory Board for the CHP Consortium (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pomona University, Brown University, Northwestern University, etc.) to teach in the Program next year as a distinguished U.S. educator.
2004 (Spring) Taught Two Advanced Courses and Seminars as a Visiting Senior Professor, by invitation from Charles University, Prague

2004 (Spring) Taught "Utopia and the European Union" course at the Collegium Hieronimus Pragensis, Czech Republic, as an honorary guest Professor.

2004 Served as an External Review Panel Member for Collegium Hieronimus Pragensis.

Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)
The North American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia (England)
The Russian Society for Eighteenth-century Studies (Rossijskoe Obshchestvo po izucheniiu XVIII v.; Moscow, Russia)
G.R. Derzhavin Society (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Russian Bibliophile Society (St. Petersburg, Russia)
American Contract Bridge League (ACBL)

Teaching

Courses at other institutions:

"The Magic of Russian Realism and Realism in Fantasy"
"European Baroque and Neoclassicism in Russian Eighteenth-cent. Literature"
"Utopia and the European Union"
"Poetics in Old Russian Literature"

Funded Research

l973-4 Joint Fulbright-Hays and International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Fellowships, sponsoring doctoral dissertation research in the Soviet Union for 14 months (Topic: Sacred Ode in Eighteenth-century Russian Literature

l980 Fellow of the Russian Research Center, Harvard University (2 years)

l98l Henry Wriston Fellowship, Brown University

l983 International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) participant in the Research Exchange Program with the USSR (Topic: "Religious poetry in early 19th-c. Russian Literary Culture")

1990 Selected both by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and American Conference of Teachers of Russian to participate in a 4-month independent archival research study in Russia on "Derzhavin's role in Russian Literature."

1992 Short Term IREX Research Grant for St. Petersburg

2004 Appointed by the Academic Advisory Board for the CHP Consortium (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pomona, Brown, Northwestern, etc.) to teach in the Program as a distinguished U.S. educator. This prestigious appointment funded his research on "Russian Emigree Culture in Prague: 1920-1945."

Curriculum Vitae

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