Jonathan Platt


Jonathan Platt

Assistant Professor, On leave, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

PhD, Columbia University, 2008

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

A specialist in the works of Pushkin, Platt's interests include poetics, literary theory, Soviet culture, and Russian contemporary art and poetry. He is currently at work on Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya: The Last Soviet Militant.

Courses Taught

Pushkin and Lermontov

19th Century Russian Poetry

Bakhtin's Aesthetics


Man and Superman

Stalinist Culture in the 1930s


“Soviet Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” Newspaper Chto Delat 37 (May 2014).

«Зоя Космодемьянская между истреблением и жертвоприношением». Новое литературное обозрение 124 (2013).

“The Poetics of Dry Transgression in Pushkin's Necro-Erotic Verse,” Taboo Pushkin: Topics, Texts, Interpretations, ed. Alyssa Gillespie (Madison: Wisconsin University Press, 2012).

“Platonov, Incommensurability, and the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee,” Andrei Platonov: Style, Context, Meaning, ed. Katharine Holt and Boris Gasparov, Ulbandus 14 (2012).

«Обыкновенная история одного читателя 'Медного всадника'». Новое литературное обозрение 106 (2010).

“Between Thought and Feeling: Odoevsky, Pushkin, and Dialectical Doubt in 1833.” Pushkin Review 12-13 (2009-2010).

“From Foul Utopia to Critical Mess: End of Modernity in Russian and American Art,” Ulbandus 11 (2008)

“Pushkin Now and Then: Images of Temporal Paradox in the 1937 Jubilee,” Russian Review 67.4 (October 2008)

“Отвергнутые приглашения к каменным объятиям: Пушкин-Бродский-Жолковский,” Новое литературное обозрение 67 (2004)

Empire, Union, Center, Satellite: The Place of Post-Colonial Theory in Slavic/Central and Eastern European/(Post-)Soviet Studies. Special issue of Ulbandus 7 (2003), ed

Research Interests

Alexander Pushkin's works and reception

Romanticism and Post-Romanticism

Stalinist culture and its reverberations in contemporary Russia

Engaged Russian art and poetry

Intertextual poetics

Political violence and militant subjectivity

Theories of gender and sexuality

Discourses of modernity