Melissa Frazier, Ph.D. 1995


Dissertation: Frames of the Imagination: Gogol’s “Arabeski” and the Romantic Question of Genre.

After Ph.D., Melissa Frazier took up a position (first, as a visiting professor) at Sarah Lawrence College, eventually assuming the Margot C. Bogert Distinguished Service Chair at Sarah Lawrence. Her interests include the 19th-century novel and literature and the literary marketplace. Author of articles and books on topics including Pushkin, Senkovskii, Gogol, Tolstoy, and Russian Formalism. She reworked her dissertation into a book, Frames of the Imagination Gogol’s Arabesques and the Romantic Question of Genre (published by Peter Lang in 2000 in the series Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature). Awarded the 2007 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for “Best Work in Romanticism Studies” by the International Conference of Romanticism for her second book, Romantic Encounters: Writers, Readers, and the “Library for Reading” (Stanford University Press, 2007).

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