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About Julia Bekman Chadaga

Chadaga’s work brings together such fields as Russian literature from the 18th century up through the present day, visual art, architecture, film, material culture, and the history of science. She has written and published on topics that include the relationship between religious discourse and electric light in the early Soviet period; mirrors as windows on Russian culture; illusion and ideology in Soviet subterranean spaces; and aviation as a source for the visual experiments of the Russian avant-garde.

EDUCATION: B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Harvard University.
Chadaga has been teaching at Macalester since 2006.


Present Assistant Professor, German and Russian Studies, Macalester College

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Elementary Russian I and II
  • Advanced Russian Conversation
  • Wrongdoing in Russian Literature and Beyond
  • Experiments in Living: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature and Culture
  • Nabokov
  • The Fierce and Beautiful World: Russian Culture before the Revolution
  • Russian Cinema as Testimony, Propaganda, and Art
  • Things Don't Like Me: The Material World and Why It Matters
  • Senior Seminar: Forbidden Art and the Performance of Dissent
  • Terrorism and Art: The Spectacle of Destruction

Contact Information

Macalester College
Neill Hall, 206
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6587


Articles (5)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (1)

Presentations (14)