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Irina Reyfman Recognized by AATSEEL for Her Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship
February 15, 2021

Irina Reyfman (Professor and Chair, Dept. of Slavic Languages) has been recognized by AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) for her outstanding contribution to scholarship in the field.

From the citation:

Irina Reyfman has been among the most prominent scholars in our field for some time. With five authored or co-authored books, two edited volumes, and countless articles, Irina has produced a body of scholarship that has troubled inherited narratives, offered insightful new contextualizations, and moved the field. While she has served as President of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association and is perhaps best known as a scholar in that area, her work ranges over much of modern Russian literature, and she is particularly skilled at demonstrating the critical importance of the formative period of modern Russian literature to its later developments. She has deconstructed the myth of origins of Russian literature through the figure of Vasiliy Trediakovsky; elucidated the history and semiotics of dueling in life and literature; and examined the profound significance of rank and state service as a formative context for Russian literary practice, as writers continually negotiated between their state service expectations and their service to the republic of letters. Her most recent publication, the magisterial Oxford History of Russian Literature, co-authored with Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, and Stephanie Sandler, only serves to cement her place as one of the most knowledgeable, productive, and, just as important, collegial senior scholars whom we are privileged to work with. For her broad vision and insight, groundbreaking critical interventions, and generosity in her scholarship and mentorship of young scholars, we are thrilled to recognize Irina Reyfman with this award.