My name is Basil Lvoff -
или Василий Львов, если мы общаемся по-русски.
I am a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature (specializing in Slavic Studies) and a Kandidat Nauk (Russian Ph.D. equivalent) in Literary Criticism. Located in New York City, I have taught a variety of culture, literature, history, and language courses, Russian and not, and conducted workshops in other parts of the U.S., as well as in Russia. Outside of academia, I am engaged in creative writing (of essays, poems, and literary translations) and documentary filmmaking (as a scriptwriter and grant writer, as well as a story consultant).
On the Scholarship page, you may read about my doctoral dissertation, titled The Problem of Literary Development in Russian Formalism and Digital Humanities, and defended at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. You can also read about my earlier dissertation on the Russian Formalists' literary journalism, defended at Moscow State University, my alma mater.
It is on the same Scholarship page that you will find a list of my peer-reviewed publications in English and in Russian (many of them available for download), as well as a list of invited lectures, conferences, the events I organized, etc.
In Teaching, you may read about a variety of culture, history, and language courses I have taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, and Baruch College, inluding Russian 18th - 21st century literature and 9th-21st century Russian history.
In Creative Writing, you may learn about my essays, poems, and literary translations.
Finally, the Film section describes my work as a writer in documentary filmmaking, as well as our student engagement project with Olga Lvoff: Moving Lyrics--an international poetry-based film festival of students' short films. And if you'd like to get in touch, I am at your service.