Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris
Associate Professor of Russian
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Research/Teaching Interests

  • The Soviet and post-Soviet collective memory of the Second World War

  • Representations of war heroes, most notably that of Hero of the Soviet Union Zoia Kosmodemianskaia

  • Russian war literature, cinema, and memoirs

  • National identity and gender in literature and film

  • Cities and housing in literature and film

  • Slavic folklore 


Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas 

B.A., Comparative Literature, Russian, French, and English, Purdue University 

Courses Taught at Baylor

  • Elementary Russian I & II (RUS 1301 & 1302)

  • Introduction to Russian Cinema and Culture (RUS 3345)

  • Special Problems (RUS 3V70)

  • Survey or Russian Literature I & II (RUS 4301 & 4302)

  • Independent Study (RUS 4V90)

  • Advanced Reading for Honors Thesis (HON 3101)

  • Honors Thesis (HON 4V87)

Selected Publications


  • “Gendered Images and Soviet Subjects: How the Komsomol Archive Enriched my Understanding of Gender in Soviet War Culture.” Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History 11 (2017): 97-118.

  • “Сталинская линия и выдуманные женихи: Роль любовной линий в повествованиях о героях второй мировой войны” (“Stalinist Objectives and Invented Suitors: The Role of Romance in World War II Hero Narratives”). Новое литературное обозрение 124 (2013): 93-110. 

  • “No Nastas’ias on the Volga: Soviet Women Veterans and Folkloric Self-Representations.” Folklorica 17-18 (2013): 99-130.

  • “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 (2013): 68-91.

  •  “‘Something Like Happiness’ in Northern Bohemia: Post-1989 Cinematic Portrayals of the Czech Industrial North.” East European Politics and Societies 26.3 (2012): 454-468.

  • “Memorializations of a Martyr and her Mutilated Bodies: Public Monuments to Soviet War Hero Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (1942-the present).” The Journal of War and Culture Studies 5.1 (2012): 73-90.

  • “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.

Book Chapters

  • “Jews, Gender, and Just Wars: Remembering and Rewriting the Great Patriotic War in 2015 War Films.” In The Memory of the Second World War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. Ed. David Hoffmann (New York/London: Routledge, 2021): 318-339.

  • “Moscow.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Urban Studies (2021).

  • “Moscow.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Ed. Anthony M. Orum (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell,2019): 1264-1271.

  • “‘Your words ring out now like copper. They fly through all of the fatherland:’ Sensory Commemoration of a War Heroine in Soviet Collective Memory 1942-1986.” In Russian History through the Senses: From 1700 to the Present. Matthew Romaniello and Tricia Starks, eds. (New York/London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016): 243-266. 

  • “Patriot or Saint? The Resurrection of a Soviet Hero and Post-Soviet Identity.” In An Introduction to Area Studies in the 21st Century. Edith W. Clowes and Shelly Jarrett Bromberg, eds. (Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois Press, 2016): 34-52.

  • «Была я рядовою / На войне, / В поэзии / Осталась рядовою:» Поетеса Юлія Друніна і статус жінки-ветерана (1945-1986) [«Была я рядовою / На войне, / В поэзии / Осталась рядовою:» Poet Iuliia Drunina and the Woman Veteran's Status (1945-1986)"]. In Жінки Центральної та Східної Європи у Другій світовій війні : Гендерна специфіка досвіду в часи екстремального насильства : Зб. наук. статей / за наук. ред. Гелінади Грінченко, Катерини Кобченко, Оксани Кісь. (Київ: ТОВ "Арт-книга", 2015): 321-334.

  • “Evolution of the Immortal: Dynamic Images of World War II Heroes." In Post-Communist Transition and Women's Agency in Eastern EuropeEd. Cynthia Simmons (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: The Republic of Letters, 2013): 15-26. 

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