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About Laszlo Dienes

László Dienes's research interests include Russian literature of the last two centuries, literary theory and aesthetics in general, poetry and poetics,cultural studies, and Russian and East European cinema. His book entitled Russian Literature in Exile: The Life and Work of Gaito Gazdanov (first published in Germany in 1982) was translated and published in Russia itself. He is also the editor of the first ever three-volume "Collected Works" of this writer, published in Moscow in 1996. His teaching interests include comparative culture and literature courses, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn and the themes of exile and emigration, Russian film, especially the works of Andrey Tarkovsky and Alexander Sokurov, spiritual cinema, and a course on "Digital Culture", a look at the new cyberarts and the artistic, social, political and psychological implications of the digital revolution. His recent publications include a contribution to a collection of scholarly articles entitled Gaito Gazdanov I ‘nezamechennoe pokolenie’: Pisatel’ na peresechenii traditsii i kul’tur published by the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 2005 for which he also served on its editorial board.


Present Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1984

Contact Information

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161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-5618


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