Christopher LemelinAssociate Professor of Russian Area StudiesChair, Russian Area Studies

Joined faculty in 2015

Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Yale University (cum laude)

Contact Information

Phone (315) 781-4540

Scholarly Interest

Twentieth-centry Russian poetry, the Silver Age of Russian literature, Russian performing arts, Russian film, comparative cultural studies, exile studies.


I am currently working on a book that considers how Marina Tsvetaeva used her poetry as a way to come to terms with her status as an exile from 1922 - 1934.


“Creation ex Anxiety: Influence and Exile in Marina Tsvetaeva’s “The Lute.” Slavic and East European Journal, v. 55, n. 3 (Fall 2011), 359-375.

“To Name or Not To Name: The Question of Shostakovich’s Interpretation of Tsvetaeva.”  Musical Quarterly, volume 93, number 2 (Summer 2010), 232-61.

“Homeland and Exile in Marina Tsvetaeva's Poems to Bohemia.” Canadian Slavonic Papers, v. LII, n. 1–2 (March–June 2010), 95-111.

“The Poet is A Between: Time-Space Strutures in Tsvetaeva’s Poèma gory and Poèma konca.” Slavic and East European Journal, v. 51, n. 3 (Fall 2007), 474-90.