Slavic Languages and Literatures



Emily Wang received her PhD from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 2016. Her research focuses on Russian literature (primarily poetry) from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as affect and postcolonial theory. Broadly speaking, she is interested in considering texts in both a literary and a social context, and her work draws on historical methodologies and intellectual history. Her first project, “Civic Feeling: Pushkin and the Decembrist Emotional Community,” offers a new approach to the Decembrists and especially their poetry. It argue that the participants in the uprisings in December 1825 at Senate Square and in Ukraine were not members of an organization with a defined political program, but rather an emotional community focused on Sentimentalist friendship. She has also begun work on a second project, tentatively titled “The Cosmopolitan Periphery: Acmeism, Symbolism, and the Birth of Russian Modernism,” which analyzes Acmeist and Symbolist writers in terms of their engagement with imperial centers and peripheries, considering how these positions were negotiated culturally and geographically both within and beyond the Russian empire.