Ingrid Kleespies, Ph.D. 2004


Dissertation: Nomad Nation, Wandering Writer: Writing, Travel, and National Identity in Russian and Polish Literature (From the Late Eighteenth Century to the End of the Nineteenth Century).

Since 2004, she teaches in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Florida. She received a B.A. in Slavic Studies from Harvard University. Her areas of interest include Russian Romanticism, eighteenth and nineteenth century Russian intellectual history, and literature of travel and empire more generally. Her research concerns the intersection of travel (as a literary-cultural phenomenon) and conceptions of Russian national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has completed a book about the role of imagery of travel – wanderers, nomads, and pilgrims – in the construction of Russian national identity in literature of the Romantic period.


Ingrid Kleespies, A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature. Northern Illinois University Press, 2012.

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