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Kevin M. F. Platt



Professor

Office Hours: TBA

Email: kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu

Fall 2014 Courses

RUSS549 Stalinist Cultures

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. He works on representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, history and memory in Russia, Russian lyric poetry, and global post-Soviet Russian culture. Platt received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from Stanford University and taught at Pomona College before joining the Penn faculty in 2002. 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 also edited and contributed translations to Modernist Archaist: Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam (Whale and Star, 2008) and edited Intimations: Selected Poetry by Anna Akhmatova, translated by James Falen (Whale and Star, 2010). His current projects include a critical historiography of Russia, a study of contemporary Russian culture in Latvia and a number of translation projects.

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"

CV in PDF format

Select Publications:

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

Platt, Kevin M. F. (2010) "Allegory's Half-Life: The Specter of a Stalinist Ivan the Terrible in Russia Today," Penn History Review 17:2, Article 2.

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).

Last updated on June 3, 2014