• Deborah Martinsen

    Associate Dean of Alumni Education, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Adjunct Lecturer of 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:

    Deborah Martinsen is Associate Dean of Alumni Education, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, and Adjunct Lecturer of English and Comparative Literature.  She is past President of the International Dostoevsky Society (2007-2013), author of Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky’s Liars and Narrative Exposure (OSU Narrative Series 2003); editor of Literary Journals in Imperial Russia (Cambridge 1997; paper 2010); co-editor with Irina Reyfman and Cathy Popkin of Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap (Academic Studies Press 2014); and co-editor with Olga Maiorova of Dostoevsky in Context (Cambridge 2016). In 2016, she received the Donald Barton Johnson Award for best essay published in Nabokov Studies that year: “Lolita as Petersburg Text.” In 2012, she was awarded the Lehrpreis zur Förderung von Innovationen in der Lehre from the University of Leuphana for her Skype class “Love and Madness: Reading Nabokov’s Lolita.” She is currently writing a book on teaching Crime and Punishment. Her long-term project is a book on Dostoevsky and the moral emotions.