Olga Maiorova Director

Olga Maiorova

Biographical Sketch | Publications | Curriculum Vitae

 Biographical Sketch 

Olga Maiorova is associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and of history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A graduate of Moscow State University (M.A. and Ph.D.), she joined the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2001. She is a specialist in 19th-century Russian literature and on the intersection of literature, intellectual history, and representations of nationality in 19th-century Russia. Her publications include a recent book, From the Shadow of Empire: Defining the Russian Nation through Cultural Mythology, 1855-1870s (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), two edited volumes of previously unpublished writings by Nikolai Leskov, and some 60 scholarly articles in prominent journals in Russia and the United States. She is currently working on a project entitled “Ambiguous Encounter: Russia’s National Self-Perception and the Cultural Appropriation of Central Asia.”

Professor Maiorova began a three-year term as CREES director on July 1, 2011.

 Selected Publications


From the Shadow of Empire: Defining the Russian Nation through Cultural Mythology, 1855-1870s. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010; included in the series Studies of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University.

Edited Books

Neizdannyi Leskov [Unpublished Leskov], ed. by Kseniia Bogaevskaia, Olga Maiorova, and Liia Rozenblium. Book 1, Moscow: Nasledie, 1997, 654 p. Book 2, Moscow: Nasledie, 2000, 569 p. (Literaturnoe nasledstvo, Volume 101)

Nikolai Leskov. Povesti i rasskazy [Narratives and Stories]. Editing, introduction and commentaries by Ol’ga Maiorova. Moscow: Khudozhestvennaia literatura, 1990, 527 p.

Articles in Referred Journals

“Searching for a New Language of Collective Self: The Symbolism of Russian National Belonging during and after the Crimean War,” Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space. No. 4 (2006): 187-224.

“War as Peace: The Trope of War in Russian Nationalist Discourse during the Polish Uprising of 1863,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. Vol.6, No. 3 (Summer 2005): 501-534.

"’A horrid dream did burden us…’ (1863): Connecting Tiutchev's Imagery with the Political Rhetoric of His Era,” Russian Literature. LVII - I/II (2005): 103-124.

“Slavianskii s’’ezd 1867 goda: Metaforika torzhestva” [The Slavic Congress in 1867: The Metaphors of the Commemoration]. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. No. 51 (2001): 89 – 110 [also available at].

“Bessmertnyi Riurik. Prazdnovanie tysiacheletiia Rossii v 1862 godu” [Immortal Rurik: Russia’s millennium celebration in 1862]. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. No. 43 (2000): 137-165 [also available at].