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Katya Jordan

Katya Jordan

Associate Professor
German and Russian

3112A JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Teaching Experience

I teach Russian Literature and Language courses:
RUSS 101, “First-Year Russian, Part 1”
RUSS 322, “Third-Year Russian, Part 2”
RUSS 340, “Masterpieces of Russian Literature in English”
RUSS 421, “Fourth-Year Russian, Part 1”
RUSS 422, “Fourth-Year Russian, Part 2”
RUSS 442, “Masterpieces of Russian Literature, Part 2”


My area of specialization is Russian literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present. My current research focuses on literary journalism during the Era of Great Reforms. My other interests include: Russian modernity and construction of national/cultural identity; comparative periodical studies in Imperial period (journals, publication, and censorship); Dostoevsky, the journalist; early women’s literary journalism; contextual studies; theories of silence; visual & spatial aspects of literary representation (ekphrasis, hierotopy, iconicity).

Selected Publications

  • “Dunia’s Progress, Samson’s Decline, and Pushkin’s Modernity: Decrypting the German Pictures in ‘The Stationmaster,’”
    Ulbandus: The Slavic Review of Columbia University, vol. 15 (2013), pp. 59-79.
  • “The Meek One and Her Icon: Hodegetria’s Presence in Dostoevsky’s ‘Krotkaia,’” Toronto Slavic Quarterly, no. 56 (Spring 2016), pp. 1-15. (
  • “Russian Wanderer in the Post-Soviet Space: Homelessness in Ilichevsky’s Matisse,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies, vol. 51, no. 4 (2017), pp. 481-501. (DOI: 10.1163/22102396-05104008. EID: 2-s2.0-85038926612).
  • “Between Aestheticism and Populism: The Purpose of Art in Mamin-Sibiriak’s Shooting Stars, The Slavic and East-European Journal, vol. 62, no.1 (Spring 2018), pp. 183–201. (EID: 2-s2.0-85048703324).
  • “Cutting the Umbilical Cord: Patriarchy and the Family Metaphor in Turgenev’s Virgin Soil,” Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, vol. 66, no. 2 (2019), pp. 1-16. (DOI: 10.1080/20512856.2019.1638010).
  • “A Crochet Needle Vs. A Quill Pen: Negotiating Fashion and Education in 19th-c. Russian Women’s Press,” Australian Slavonic and East European Studies, vol. 33 (2019), pp. 29-56. (
  • “To Superior and Beyond: Developing Professional Proficiency in a Fourth-Year Russian Program,” Journal for Distinguished Language Studies, co-authored with Tony Brown, Jennifer Bown, Elizaveta Kurganova, and Ekaterina Talalakina. Journal for Distinguished Language Studies, Vol. 7 (2011-2020).
  • “‘It’s All One Big Fantasy’: Dostoevsky’s The Idiot as a Critique of Modernity,” Dostoevsky i mirovaia kultura. Filologicheskii zhurnal. 2 (2021): 65-88.

Citizenship assignments

  • My current citizenship assignments include: Member, Program Committee, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), invited, June 2021 – present.
  • Member, Heldt Book Prize Committee, Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS), invited, January 2020 – November 2021.
  • Member, Reader Advisory Board, North-American Dostoevsky Society (NADS), invited, July 2019 – present.
  • Member, Editorial Committee, College of Humanities, Brigham Young University, September 2016 – present.
  • Member, College Art Committee, College of Humanities, Brigham Young University, October 2015 – present.
  • Newsletter Editor, Russian Section, Department of German and Russian, Brigham Young University, October 2017 – present.
  • Web Page Coordinator, Russian Section, Department of German and Russian, Brigham Young University, May 2016 – present.

Courses Taught