Dr. Adrienne Harris
One Bear Place #97390
Waco, TX 76798-7390
Old Main 313A
Fall 2013 Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:05, TR 10:30-11:00, and by appointment.
Assistant Professor of Russian
Dr. Harris graduated from Purdue University in 1999, with majors in Russian, French, English, and Comparative Literature. In 2001, she earned an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas. She completed her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures (major: Russian literature; minors: Czech literature, 19th and 20th century French prose) in 2008, also at the University of Kansas. She studied abroad in St. Petersburg (2000, 2002, 2004, 2007), Prague (2001, 2002), and Quebec (1998). As an American Councils Title VIII research fellow, she spent the academic year 2005-06 in Moscow, researching her dissertation “The Myth of the Woman Warrior and World War II in Soviet Culture.”
Dr. Harris specializes in 19th and 20th century Russian literature and in Slavic folklore. Her research interests include Stalinist myth creation, Russian collective memory, women soldiers’ memoirs and poetry, and contemporary Czech film. She spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 in Moscow, researching her monograph "Martyr, Myth, and Memory: The Dynamic Image of Zoia Kosmodemianskaia, a Soviet Saint."
In her spare time, she watches Czech and Russian films, attends Texas Czech cultural events, and travels with her husband, Steven. She enjoys cooking Russian foods and she and her Russian division colleagues host dinner parties for students annually at Dr. Harris’ home.
"After 'a Youth on Fire:' The Woman Veteran in Iuliia Drunina's Post-war Poetry," Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History 7 (2012), 68-91.
"'Something like happiness' in Northern Bohemia: Entrapment, Exclusion, and Escape in Post-1989 Czech Film" East European Politics and Society 26.3 (2012): 454-68.
"Memorializations of a Martyr and her Mutilated Bodies: Public Monuments to Soviet War Hero Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1942 to the Present)" Journal of War and Culture Studies 5.1 (2012).
"The Lives and Deaths of a Soviet Saint in the Post-Soviet Period: The Case of Zoia Kosmodem'ianskaia," Canadian Slavonic Papers 53.2-3-4 (2011), 271-304.
"Yulia Drunina: The 'Blond-braided Soldier' on the Poetic Front," Slavic and East European Journal 54.4 (2010), 643-665.