Gasparov Boris Mikhailovich (Russia, USA)

Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, HSE; Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian and East European Studies, Columbia University in the City of New York
Editorial Board Member, Editor of Literary Studies and Linguistics Sections
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1971    Doctor of Philology (General and Slavonic Linguistics), Institute of Linguistics, Belorussian Academy of Sciences, Minsk

1965    Candidate of Philology (Russian languge), Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow

1968    Diploma (music studies), Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow

1961    Diploma (Russian language and literature), Rostov State University


Work experience: 

 2016—            Professor, head of the Department of Comparative Literature Studies and Linguistics, National Research University Higher School

                        of Economics, St. Petersburg

1993—            Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University, New York;   

                        since 2006 — named professorship (Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian and East European studies) 

1983–93          Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, California University, Berkley

1981–83          Named visiting professorship, Stanford University  

1966–80          senior lecturer, Associate Professor (1968), Professor (1974), University of Tartu

 Visiting Professorship:

 National Research University Higher School of Economic, Moscow; St Petersburg University; Smolny College, St Petersburg; Princeton University, USA; Yale University, USA; University of Helsinki; Stockholm University; Swedish Academy, Stockholm; Nordic Research Courses: Copenhagen (1994 & 1999); Oslo (1997); University of Konstanz, Germany; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. 

Poetika «Slova o polku Igoreve» [Poetics of “The Tale of Igor's Campaign”], Wien, 1984. repr. ed.: Moscow, 2000

Poeticheskii iazyk Pushkina kak fakt istorii russkogo literaturnogo iazyka [Poetic language of Pushkin as a phenomenon in the history of the Russian literary language], Wien, 1992. repr. ed.: St. Petersburg, 1999

Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism: From the Golden Age to the Silver Age (co-ed.), Berkeley, 1992

Christianity and the Eastern Slavs (co-ed.), vol. 1-3, Berkeley, 1993–95

Literaturnye leitmotivy. Stat'i o russkoi literature dvadtsatogo veka [Literaturethemes. Papers on Russian literature in XX century], Moscow., 1993

Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg: Multiple Faces of the Russian Empire (со-ed.), Moscow, 1997

Iazyk, pamiat', obraz: lingvistika iazykovogo sushchestvovaniia [Language, memory, image: Linguistics of language being], Moscow, New literary observer, 1997

Old Church Slavonic, München: Lincom, 2001

Five Operas and a Symphony: Word and Music in Russian Culture, Yale University Press, 2005. Russian version: Piat' oper i simfoniia [Five operas and a symphony], Moscow: Classica ХХІ, 2007

Speech, Memory, and Meaning: Intertextuality in Everyday Language, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 2010.

Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure’s Phylosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents, Columbia Universiy Press, 2012

Pasternak: po tu storonu poetiki. Filosofiia. Muzyka. Byt [Pasternak: On the other side of poetics. Philosophy. Music. Being], Moscow, New literary observer, 2013

Russkii iazyk v mnogorechnom sotsiokul'turnom prostranstve [Russianlanguageinmulti-speechsocio-culturalspace], Ekaterinburg: Ural State University, 2014 (co-ed.)



Current research projects


Yearning and Stoicism: Kant’s quest for God and the awakening of Romantic consciousness

From transforming the past — towards future: Avant-Garde heritage and culture in 1930s

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Academic honours, main grants:

2008                honorary doctor, Stockholm University

1995                Guggenheim Fellowship

2005                Fulbright Fellowship

2006                Leonard Schoff Memorial Lectures, Columbia University (named lectures)

2009-10          Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin

2009-10          Grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the RF, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow

2012-13          Grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the RF, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg