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Faculty Profile

Elena Duzs

Associate Professor of Russian (1997)

Contact Information

Bosler Hall Room 204


Her teaching interests include Russian and Hungarian languages and Russian literature and culture of all periods. Her scholarly interests focus on Mikhail Kuzmin, Russian symbolist poet, and the contemporary poet and artist Prygov.


  • M.A., Moscow State University, 1985
  • M.A., Ohio State University, 1988
  • Ph.D., 1996

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian
Monday/Friday will be held remotely (except the first few Mondays will be in person); Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday will be held in person.

RUSS 260 Russian Theater
In this course we will explore the rich Russian and Soviet theatrical tradition. The readings for the course will span over two centuries, starting from social comedies of the late eighteenth century and ending with the documentary theater in today's Moscow. Special attention will be given to Russia’s greatest contributions to the art of theater: the plays of Anton Chekhov, the Stanislavsky method and Meyerhold’s “theater of the grotesque" and biomechanics. When discussing a play, we will be concerned with its historical context and with the theatrical conventions dominant at the time. Taught in English.

RUSS 333 Adv Sem in Russ Cult & Lit
Authentic Russian texts in different genres and disciplines present specific sets of challenges, including specialized vocabulary, narrative conventions, and idiosyncratic grammar. This course prepares students for reading, analyzing, and discussing challenging, authentic Russian texts in a variety of disciplines and genres, with an emphasis on close reading and cultural context. The course is taught in Russian and includes a variety of texts or focus on one literary text. May include courses taken in Russia. Prerequisite: 231, 232 or equivalent.