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Steven Cassedy

Ph.D. (Princeton)

Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature
Distinguished Professor

Quarterly Office Hours


Associate Dean of Graduate Division
Section Head, Russian Literature

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Russian, French, German and Yiddish Literature; Early Twentieth-Century Literary Theory; Russian Jewish Intellectual History; Jewish Immigration to America

Steve Cassedy received his undergraduate degree in comparative literature at the University of Michigan in 1974 and his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Princeton University in 1979. He has been a member of the Department of Literature since 1980. He is currently Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, Director of Eleanor Roosevelt College's Making of the Modern World (a core sequence in world civilization), and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. His teaching and research interests include Russian literature, other Western European literatures, intellectual history of the West, and Russian-Jewish and American-Jewish cultural history.

Selected Publications:

Selected Essays of Andrew Bely. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1985.

Flight from Eden: The Rise of Modern Literary Criticism and Theory. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1990.

To the Other Shore: The Russian Jewish Intellectuals Who Came to America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Dostoevsky's Religion. Stanford: Stanford  University Press, 2005.

Waking Up Modern: American Consciousness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century, forthcoming.