Faculty Profile

Alyssa DeBlasio

Associate Professor of Russian (2010)

Contact Information

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 philosophy, Russian literature, and Russo-Soviet 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 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. Her second book, The Filmmaker's Philosopher: Merab Mamardashvili and Russian Cinema, is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2019. At Dickinson she also contributes to the Philosophy Department and the Film Studies Program.

Education

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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

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.

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 fifteen years since Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally ideological, 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 210-01.Taught in English. For Lenin, cinema was "the most important art"; for Stalin, it was "the greatest medium of mass motivation." In the fifteen years since Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as leader of the Russian Federation, film has held an equally ideological, 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