Faculty Profile

Alyssa DeBlasio

Associate Professor of Russian (2010)

Contact Information

deblasia@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 115
717.245.1766

Bio

Her teaching and research interests fall primarily along the intersections of philosophy, Russian literature, and Russo-Soviet cinema. She is also interested in language learning through blogging and media, as well as practical translation skills for advanced language courses. Before coming to Dickinson, Prof. DeBlasio taught in the Department of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). In 2014 she published a book titled The End of Russian Philosophy (Palgrave), which looks at the transition of the discipline of philosophy in Russia from the 1990s through the 2000s. She also contributes to the Philosophy Department and the Film Studies Program.

Education

  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Ph.D., 2010

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian
Advanced grammar review incorporating controlled reading and composition. Emphasis on speaking competence continued through oral reports and conversational topics. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian
Advanced grammar review incorporating controlled reading and composition. Emphasis on speaking competence continued through oral reports and conversational topics. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

RUSS 248 Russian Culture & the Environ
Taught in English.

RUSS 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

RUSS 202 Adv Train Russian Language
Emphasis on the development of reading, speaking, and writing skills. Reading of simple texts to acquaint the student with a variety of styles of the Russian language, concentration on some of the more difficult problems in the Russian grammar, translation, written composition, vocabulary building, and intonation. Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent, with a grade of at least C.

RUSS 270 Philosophy and Literature
Cross-listed with ENGL 329-01 and PHIL 270-01.Taught in English.

PHIL 270 Philosophy and Literature
Cross-listed with RUSS 270-01 and ENGL 329-0. Taught in English

ENGL 329 Philosophy and Literature
Cross-listed with RUSS 270-01 and PHIL 270-01.Taught in English. Dostoevsky's characters lie, steal, scheme, and murder. What is it about Dostoevsky's depictions of their lying, cheating ways that makes his novels not just literary but philosophical? And what is it about philosophical works like Nietzsche's that makes them literary? More generally, where do the overlapping realms of literature and philosophy begin and end? This course investigates the intersections of philosophy and literature across different schools of thinking, paying special attention to the work of Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Tolstoy. We will pair the treatment of philosophical issues in fiction with their treatment in more traditional philosophical genres, thereby raising and discussing the contentious question of whether philosophy can achieve things that literature cannot, and vice versa.

RUSS 334 Workshop in Translation
This course focuses on specific techniques for translating various kinds of texts (business, journalistic, scholarly, epistolary, and literary) from Russian into English, and from English into Russian. Concentrating on the practical matter of reading and writing, the course will also include special grammatical topics which present particular difficulties in translation, discussion of theories of translation, and introduction to technological tools of translation. The goal of the course is to further students' language ability and provide them with useful linguistic skills. Prerequisite: 231, 232 or equivalent. Offered every two years.