Boris (Rodin) Maslov

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Special Interests

Archaic Greek poetry and its reception; the Medieval Christian East; 20th-century Russian prose; comparative poetics; genre and narrative theory.

Boris Maslov’s research centers on literary theory (particularly, its history in the 19th-20th centuries), Archaic Greek poetry and its reception, imperial/Byzantine Greek and Russian literatures. He is a founding member of the Historical Poetics Working Group. Currently he is working on a book that traces the history and afterlife of Ancient Greek ethical and sociopolitical vocabulary. His broader research and teaching interests include historical, linguistic, and sociological approaches to poetics, comparative conceptual history, genre and narrative theory.

Recent publications:

Pindar and the Emergence of Literature. Сambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, co-edited with Ilya Kliger. New York: Fordham University Press (Series “Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics”), 2015.

“The genealogy of the Muses: an internal reconstruction of Archaic Greek metapoetics.” Forthcoming in American Journal of Philology 137.3 (2016)

with Tatiana Nikitina. “Verse structure and literary tradition: Correlating rhyme and stress in the Onegin stanza.” Style 49.4 (2015): 439-469.

“Why Republics Always Fail: Pondering Feofan Prokopovich’s poetics of absolutism.” ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies 2 (2014) 24-46.

“The dialect basis of choral lyric and the history of poetic languages in Archaic Greece.” Symbolae Osloenses 87 (2013): 1-29.