Molly Thomasy Blasing
Originally from the Boston area, I am currently a doctoral candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my Fulbright year in Moscow, I plan to conduct research for my dissertation, which explores the influence of photography on Russian poetry. My work traces the way that Russian poets—from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day—have incorporated photographic images, themes and metaphors into their writing as a way of grappling with questions of memory, history, exile and loss. I hope that my work at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) and in the archives at RGALI will shed light on what the poets I study knew about the development of the art and technology of photography, the role that photographs played in their daily lives, and the way that the development of photography shaped their conception of the relationship between memory and vision, word and image.
I hold an A.B. cum laude in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and an MA in Slavic from UW-Madison. Between college and graduate school I spent 16 months in Russia, working as an editor and English teacher in several provincial capitals, including Tver’, Lipetsk, Ulianovsk and Orel. I have taught Russian language and literature at UW-Madison and have spent three summers on the faculty of the Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. I very much look forward to exploring Moscow and continuing my study of Russian poetry and the visual arts.