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Alyssa DeBlasio

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Russian; John B. Parsons Chair in the Liberal Arts & Sciences (2010)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2021

deblasia@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 115
717.245.1766
http://filosofia.dickinson.edu/

Bio

Her teaching and research interests fall primarily along the intersections of Russian philosophy, literature, and cinema. She is also interested in language learning through film 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 "The End of Russian Philosophy" (Palgrave), which looks at the transition of the discipline of philosophy in Russia from the 1990s through the 2000s. Her second book is "The Filmmaker's Philosopher" (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), which looks at the influence of Georgian philosopher Merab Mamardashvili on the Russian-Soviet film industry. At Dickinson she also contributes to the Philosophy Department and the Film Studies Program.

Education

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

Awards

  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2019-20

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

RUSS 102 Elementary Russian
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, with an emphasis on the development of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Short stories and songs will supplement the text.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent

FMST 210 Russian Film of the Putin Era
Cross-listed with RUSS 260-01. For Lenin, cinema was “the most important art”; for Stalin, it was “the greatest medium of mass motivation.” In the two decades since Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally important, as well as contentious, role. We will track and analyze major themes in recent Russian cinema, including the rise of the Russian blockbuster, banned films, popular culture under Putin, developments in art house cinema, and the intersections of politics and film art. Course taught in English. No prior knowledge of Russian culture required.

RUSS 260 Russian Film of the Putin Era
Cross-listed with FMST 210-03. For Lenin, cinema was “the most important art”; for Stalin, it was “the greatest medium of mass motivation.” In the two decades since Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally important, as well as contentious, role. We will track and analyze major themes in recent Russian cinema, including the rise of the Russian blockbuster, banned films, popular culture under Putin, developments in art house cinema, and the intersections of politics and film art. Course taught in English. No prior knowledge of Russian culture required.

INTD 500 Independent Study