Anastassiya Andrianova, Lecturer
Office: Minard 318 E48
Having moved to Fargo in January 2014, I am about to start my first semester at NDSU. I am extremely excited to get to know students and faculty, and to teach English 316: Survey of British Literature II and 358: Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), specializing in European literature and philosophy of the long nineteenth century. My dissertation, entitled A Spirit of the Earth: Vitalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (2011), is a study of the philosophical underpinnings and literary representations of Vitalism in a variety of national literatures and genres. I examine how several major authors (George Meredith, Samuel Butler, Leo Tolstoy, and Bernard Shaw) opposed Darwin’s natural selection, empiricism, and mechanism, and turned to the Vitalist science of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Henri Bergson to restore to the universe the order that, in Butler’s famous accusation, Darwin had banished from it. My essay on the evolution of language in Shaw’s Back to Methuselah, which grew out of the dissertation, appears in UpStage, a journal in the Oscholars series for which I have also reviewed performances of plays by August Strindberg, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Shaw. Another article examining Marie Corelli’s damning critique of positivist education is forthcoming in Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature.
Along with British literature, I am interested in postcolonial and global literature. “A Nilufar by Any Other Name: The Implications of Reading Sadegh Hedayat in Translation,” an article in which I examine the politics of translation by comparing the French and English versions of Hedayat’s Iranian novel The Blind Owl, appears in Translation and Literature (2013).
I am currently working on postcolonial readings of Ukrainian literature and the intersection of animal studies and popular culture.
In the past nine years, moreover, I have taught a variety of introductory and elective courses in English Composition and Comparative Literature, as well as interdisciplinary humanities courses at Fordham University, New York University, Queens College (CUNY), and Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). Combining my teaching and scholarly interests, I describe the challenges of teaching undergraduate surveys of literature and suggest pedagogical approaches in “Accounting for Achilles: Teaching Literature to Non-Majors” (Syllabus, 2013).
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, running, drawing (landscapes, nudes, and surrealist fantasies), and listening to music. I was trained in classical piano in Kyiv, Ukraine, of which I am a native, and continued to study the double bass at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the setting for the 1980 movie Fame) in New York, the city in which I resided for more than twenty years. There, too, I took part in contests and performed Latin poetry in the restored historical pronunciation. From time to time, I also play bass guitar and compose indie music. My personal essay “Something in the Key of A” (Global Graffiti Magazine, 2011) describes my lifelong passion for music.