Mary Nicholas

Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Mary Nicholas
Associate Professor
516 Maginnes Hall

 

PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Interests: 
Soviet and post-Soviet art and literature

Background:

Mary A. Nicholas is Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Lehigh University. She is the author of Writers at Work: Russian Production Novels and the Construction of Soviet Culture (Bucknell University Press, 2010)., as well as numerous articles on Soviet and post-Soviet art, prose, and poetry. 

An award-winning teacher, Nicholas is currently working on a book entitled "Words Worth 1,000 Pictures: Texts in Russian Conceptualism." This project is the result of her on-going interest in the use of written texts in Russian conceptual art of the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Her study draws on contemporary theory, archival research, and personal experience to offer a new perspective on Russian conceptualism,  the most important Russian art movement of the late twentieth century. 

 

Courses Taught:

Russian language, elementary to advanced
Russian literature, in the original and in translation
Russian cultural history, medieval to modern
 

Selected Publications:

Writers at Work: Russian Production Novels and the Construction of Soviet Culture., Bucknell University Press, 2010.

“‘We Were Born to Make Fairytales Come True’: Reinterpreting political texts in unofficial Soviet art, 1972-1992.”  Canadian Slavonic Papers, 53, no. 2-3-4 (2011).

"In Search of the Collective Author: Fact and Fiction from the Soviet 1930s." Co-authored with Cynthia A. Ruder, Book History, 11, 2008. 221-244.

“It’s the thought that counts: Conceptualism and Art in Eastern Europe and Beyond.” American Contributions to the International Congress of Slavists. 2008.

“Artist and Words”/“Khudozhnik i ego slova.”  English/Russian essay on artist Yuri Albert. Yuri Albert, “Exhibition.” Moscow: Novosti, 2007, 2-27.