Olga Solovieva

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature
Wieboldt 412
(773) 834-3980

M.A. German and Russian Literature, FU Berlin

Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Film Studies, Yale

Teaches at the University of Chicago since 2011

Special Interests

Interdisciplinary and diachronic methodology of comparative literature; interdisciplinary rhetoric and narratology; literary and media theory; East West comparison

Olga V. Solovieva’s work brings into dialogue texts and concepts from numerous disciplines, including literature, film, religious studies, art history, philosophy and law. She is interested in what can "be done with words": this leads her to focus on the history of rhetoric, performance, communication, interdisciplinary narratology, and media studies, particularly in their material and corporeal aspects. Her first book, Christ’s Subversive Body: Practices of Religious Rhetoric in Culture and Politics (Northwestern University Press, 2017), is dedicated to the diachronic and interdisciplinary methodology of comparison. It examines the rhetorical usages and the epistemological basis that the religious notion of Christ’s body has offered for alternative or subversive social and medial constructs at some critical junctures in the history of Western civilization. Her current book projects, The Russian Kurosawa and Thomas Mann’s Russia, examine the political, philosophical and mediating function of the reception of Russian literature in East and West. Before joining the faculty of Comparative Literature, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Committee on Social Thought.

She contributes to www.printculture.com, a collective blogzine on culture, politics, and academic life.