Yuri Corrigan

Associate Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature Convener of Russian Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Title Associate Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature
    Convener of Russian
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Office STH 633
  • Phone 617-358-0947
  • Education BA, University of Saskatchewan
    MA & PhD, Princeton University

Spring 2019 Office Hours: Tues. 11am-12pm, Wed. 12-1pm & by appointment

Prof. Corrigan studies the intersections of literature, philosophy, religion, and psychology in modern Russian, European, and American culture with a focus on the Russian nineteenth century. His first book, Dostoevsky and the Riddle of the Self (Northwestern UP, 2017), traces Dostoevsky’s artistic meditation on the the human being as it took shape over the course of his career, presenting Dostoevsky’s unique theory of the personality against the backdrop of romantic, psychoanalytic, modernist, mystical, and existentialist thought. He is working on two new book projects, the first a series of contemporary literary dialogues with Dostoevsky, titled The Afterlife of Religion, which explores how contemporary novelists (such as Donna Tartt, Elena Ferrante, D.F. Wallace, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Michel Houellebecq, and Marilynne Robinson, among others) have drawn on Dostoevsky’s works in their quest to preserve and reimagine legacies of religious thought for the secular world. The second, Chekhov as a Moral Thinker, explores the significance of Chekhov’s ethical thought both for our own time and for Russian and European culture at the fin de siècle.

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