Ph.D. UCLA (Slavic Languages and Literatures).
Professor Matich has retired but remains actively involved in teaching and mentoring graduate students.
Teaching: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture (Dostoevsky, Modernism, Soviet society and culture, contemporary Russian literature), literature and the visual arts. Recent graduate seminars have included: Russian Modernism; Literature and Other Arts; The City in Literature.
Research interests: Russian Modernism (Andrei Bely); post-Stalin and émigré literature and culture; literature and the visual arts (representation of clouds); gender; decadence and degeneration theory; history of disgust and negative emotions; modern city in literature and culture.
Current projects: A memoir about my émigré family, whose life was defined by the Russian revolution, and about interesting people I have known in Russia, for instance writers, and here. It is a hybrid text that combines life writing and historical scholarship, including archival scholarship related to family members, and consists of fragmentary narratives that explore point of view and personal cultural identity.
- Petersburg/Petersburg: Novel and City 1900 – 1921 (editor; author of Part I), Wisconsin University Press, 2010. Related website: Mapping Petersburg. The website maps the material, political, and artistic culture of Petersburg at the beginning of the 20th century. Both book and related website are the product of a collaborative project with a group of current and former Berkeley graduate students in Russian literature and Russian history.
- Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in the Russian Fin-de-Siecle. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. Russian translation to appear in 2008 (Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie).
- Laboratory of Dreams: Russian Avant-garde and Cultural Experiment (co-edited with John Bowlt), Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
- The Third Wave: Russian Literature in Emigration, editor. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ardis, 1984.
- Paradox in the Religious Poetry of Zinaida Gippius. Munich: Fink Verlag, 1972.
- “K istorii oblaka: Vasilii Kandinsky, Andrei Bely i drugie,” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 210, 2011.
- “Nevsky Prospekt, 28: Shveinaia mashina, shveia, povestvovanie,” Teoriia mody: Odezhda, telo, kul’tura, 14, 2009-2010, pp. 71-96.
- “Poetics of Disgust: To Eat and Die in Andrei Belyi’s Petersburg,” Slavic Review (Sp. topic: “Emotional Turn? Feelings in Russian History and Culture), 68/2, 2009.
- “Russkaia emigratsiia v Kalifornii,” Na rubezhe dvukh stoletii. Sbornik v chest’ 60-letiia Aleksandra Vasil’evicha Lavrova, eds. Vsevolod Bagno, John Malmstad & Mariia Malikova (Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2009)
- “Cernyševskij’s What Is To Be Done? Transgressive Vision and Narrative Omniscience,” International Journal of Slavic Linguistics and Poetics, 44-5, 2006.
- “Mobster Gravestones in 1990s Russia,” Global Crime, 7/1, 2006.
- “Backs, Suddenlys, and Surveillance in Andrej Belyj’s Petersburg,” Russian Literature (Special Issue: Andrej Bely – On the Occasion of His 125th Birthday), LVIII-I/II, 2005.
- “Eduard Limonovs Poetik der Verärgerung,” Zurück aus der Zukunft: Osteuropäische Kulturen im Zeitalter des Postkommunismus (eds. Boris Groys, Anne von der Heiden & Peter Weibel), Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2005.
- “The White Emigration Goes Hollywood,” Russian Review, 64/2, 2005.
- “Three Russian Dancers: Art Nouveau, Decadence, Degeneration,” Experiment (sp. issue on Performing Arts and the Avant-Garde), 10, 2004.
- “Pokrovy Salomei: Eros, Smert’ i istoriia,” Erotizm bez beregov (ed. M.V. Pavlova), Moscow, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2004, pp. 90-121.
- “Russkie v Gollivude/Gollivud o Rossii” [Russians in Hollywood/Hollywood on Russia], Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 54, 2002.
- “What is a Russian Harem?,” In the Realm of Slavic Philology: To Honor the Teaching Scholarship of Dean S. Worth (eds. John Dingley and Leon Ferder). Bloomington: Slavic, 2000.
- “Gender Trouble in the Amazonian Kingdom: Turn-of-the-Century Representations of Women in Russia,” Amazons of the Avant-Garde (eds. John E. Bowlt and Matthew Drutt), New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 1999.
- “Doctor Zhivago: Voyeurism and Shadow Play as Narrative Perspective,” Die Welt der Slaven, 44, 1999.
- “Uspeshnyi mafiozo – mertvyi mafiozo: kul’tura pogrebal’nogo obriada” [A Successful Mafioso Is a Dead Mafioso: A Cultural Study of Burial Practices], Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 33, 1998.
- “Remaking the Bed: Utopia in Daily Life,” Laboratory of Dreams: The Russian Avant-Garde and Cultural Experiment, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
- “Diaspora kak ostranenie: Russkaia literatura v emigratsii,” Russian Studies 2.2 (1996).
- ” ‘Rassechenie trupov’ i ‘sryvanie pokrovov’ kak kul’turnye metafory” [Dissection and Unveiling as Cultural Metaphors], Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 6, 1994.
- “The Symbolist Meaning of Love: Theory and Practice,” Creating Life: The Aesthetic Utopia of Russian Modernism, (eds. Irina Paperno and Joan Grossman), Stanford: Stanford University Press.
- “Cultural Return: The Personal Myth of Zinaida Gippius.” Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism: From the Golden Age to the Silver Age. (eds. B. Gasparov and R. Hughes), University of California Press, 1991.