Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures




Professor Seifrid studies twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, particularly that of the Soviet 1920s and 1930s; Russian philosophy of language of the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries; the life and works of Vladimir Nabokov; and Polish language and culture. His most recent book examines the prolific body of writings produced in Russia from roughly 1860 to 1930 which seek to define the nature of language (or the Word, or Logos). What is striking about these works is, on the one hand, how diffuse they are–the corpus in question embraces not only the philosophy of language proper but also linguistics, theology, theologically-inspired philology, poetics and manifesti, while its authors range from the Ukrainian linguist Potebnia to Shpet, Losev, Bulgakov, Florenskii, Bakhtin, Khlebnikov, Pasternak, and Mandelstam (to name a few). His current research examines connections among ideology, literary genre (including theater), and urban space in early Soviet culure.