• Deborah Martinsen

    Associate Dean of Alumni Education, Adjunct Associate Professor of Slavic, Adjunct Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature
    Columbia College
    202 Hamilton Hall
    (212) 854 1259
    MS 4-1259

    Areas of Interest :
    Dostoevsky, 19th-century Russian prose, narrative theory, shame studies, and the novel
    Biography:

    B.A., Muhlenberg College; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Columbia University.  Deborah Martinsen’s research focuses on the work of Dostoevsky, nineteenth-century Russian prose, narrative theory, shame studies, and the novel.  She is the author of Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky’s Liars and Narrative Exposure (2003) and the editor of Literary Journals in Imperial Russia (1997).  She is currently working on two projects:  The Devil Incarnate, a study of Ivan Karamazov’s devil, and Narratives from Underground, a study of 20th-century narratives whose authors adapt different strategies developed by Dostoevsky as he created the narrator of Notes from Underground.  She is currently President of the International Dostoevsky Society and Executive Secretary of the North American Dostoevsky Society.