Jon Stone Professor of Russian and Russian Studies
My area of specialty is early Russian modernism, European Decadence, and the print
and material culture of the fin de siècle.
I am the author of The Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013), The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and Decadence and Modernism in European and Russian Literature and Culture: Aesthetics and Anxiety in the 1890s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
I have served on numerous College and professional committees and projects that have worked to innovate the liberal arts curriculum, study and promote interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and foster community engagement through the humanities.
Dissertation: “Conceptualizing ‘Symbolism’: Institutions, Publications, Readers, and the Russian Propagation of an Idea”
M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of California, Berkeley)
B.A., Russian Literature (Columbia University)
- Russian Symbolism and Decadence
- Modernist periodical studies
- Comparative theories of Decadence
- History and theory of the book
- Sociology of texts
The Institutions of Russian Modernism: Conceptualizing, Publishing, and Reading Symbolism (Northwestern University Press, 2017)
Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2013)
Articles and Book Chapters
“Aleksandr Blok as the Model Modernist” in Literary Biographies in The Lives of Remarkable People Series in Russia: Biography for the Masses, eds. Carol Ueland and Ludmilla Trigos (Lexington Books, 2022).
“O!?!?!: Reading and Readers in the Silver Age (1890s-1900s)” in Reading Russia. A History of Reading in Modern Russia Vol. 2, Damiano Rebecchini and Raffaella Vassena, eds., (Milan: Di/Segni, 2020).
“The Journal as Archive: Vesy and the Russian Reader’s Encounter With Decadence” Volupté 3.1 Summer 2020 (special issue on the Decadent Archive, edited by Kirsten MacLeod)
“Decadent Style with a Symbolist Worldview: Andrei Bely, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and the Perils of Surfaces” Modernism/Modernity 21:1 ( January 2014): 269-282.
"Aleksandr Blok and the Rise of Biographical Symbolism" Slavic and East European Journal 54:4 (Winter 2010): 626-642.
- Elementary Russian language
- Intermediate Russian language
- Third-year Russian language
- Nabokov/Platonov: Revolution, Exile, and Artistic Genius in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
- Monsters, Loose and Tight: Russia’s Great Books
- Business in Today’s Russia: Culture, Society & Capitalism (cross-listed with Business, Organizations, and Society Dept.)
- Russia’s Literary Titans: Major Works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
- Intermediate Russian Language Maintenance through Readings in Russian Culture
- Nabokov/Platonov: Literature, Revolution, and Exile in 20th-Century Russia
- Language and Culture of Contemporary Russian Business
- Readings in Russian Literature of the City
- Cold War Cultures (Cross listed with American Studies Dept.)
- From Tsars to Commissars: An Introduction to Russian Culture (summer travel course)
- World Literatures: Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies
- Literary Degenerates: Decadence and Turn of the Century
- European Literature: Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian and American Years
- Good Books/Bad Deeds: Murder, Magic, and Mayhem in Russian Literature (a First-Year Seminar)
- Russian Realities and Realisms (a Connections 1 course)
- Banned Books and Jailed Writers (a Connections 2 course)