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Kevin M. F. Platt



Professor

Office Hours: M 10am - 12pm

Email: kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu

Spring 2016

RUSS191 Putin's Russia
SLAV683 Global Cultural Formations

Biography

Kevin M. F. Platt is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Graduate Chair of the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Platt received his B.A. from Amherst College (1989) and his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1994) and taught at Pomona College before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 2002. He has been the recipient of grants from IREX, NCEEER, Fulbright-Hays and other programs, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011-12. He works on representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, history and memory in Russia, Russian lyric poetry, and global post-Soviet Russian culture. He is the author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell UP, 2011) and History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution (Stanford, 1997; Russian edition 2006), and the co-editor (with David Brandenberger) of Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Wisconsin UP, 2006). He has also edited and contributed translations to a number of books of Russian poetry in English translation, most recently Hit Parade: The Orbita Group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015). His current projects include a critical historiography of Russia, a study of contemporary Russian culture in Latvia and an edited volume titled Russian Culture and Global Situations

 

Member of the Penn Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Group (reees).

Radio Interview with Ian Masters, March 20, 2014, on "Russia's Powerful Media Bubble"

Essay in The Calvert Journal, March 20, 2014: "Multiple voices: Latvia's Russophone poets embrace the power of difference"

Blog Post on the Huffington Post: "Russia's Powerful Media Bubble"

Kevin M. F. Platt, “The Post-Soviet is Over: On Reading the Ruins,” Republics of Letters: A Journal for the Study of Knowledge, Politics, and the Arts 1:1 (May 1, 2009).

CV in PDF format

Select Publications:

Platt Orbita
Hit Parade: The ORBITA Group
Kevin Platt & Artur Punte & Vladimir Svetlov & Sergej Timofejev & Semyon Khanin
Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015
Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths,
Kevin M. F. Platt
Cornell University Press, 2011
History in a Grotesque Key: Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution, Kevin M. F. Platt
Stanford University Press, 1997
Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda
Edited by Kevin M. F. Platt and David Brandenberger
Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005
Modernist Archaist, Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam
Edited and with an introduction by Kevin M. F. Platt
Translations by Bernard Meares, Clarence Brown and W. S. Merwin, Eugene Ostashevsky, Kevin M. F. Platt
Whale and Star, 2008
Intimations: Selected Poetry by Anna Akhmatova,
Edited and with an introduction by Kevin M. F. Platt
Translation by James E. Falen
Whale and Star, 2010

Interview concerning Russian and American relations with Anna Stroi on show “A Portrait of the Times” on Latvian Radio 4. October 5, 2015.

Discussion with Alexander Morozov “Российский интеллектуал: от мнения к пониманию” [“The Russian Intellectual: From Opinion to Understanding”]. Internet portal Gefter.ru. March 11, 2015.

Last updated on March 14, 2016