Joan Grossman, Professor Emerita


Ph.D. Harvard University (Slavic Languages and Literatures).

Research interests: Russian symbolism and decadence viewed especially as a cultural process. General interests: questions of literary evolution; Russian modernism.

Selected publications:


  • Ivan Konevskoi. “Wise Child” of Russian Symbolism. Joan Delaney Grossman. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010.
  • William James in Russian Culture. Eds. Joan Delaney Grossman and Ruth Rischin. Rowman & Littlefield/ Lexington Books, 2003.
  • Creating Life: The Aesthetic Utopia of Russian Modernism, edited with Irina Paperno. Stanford University Press, 1994.
  • Valery Bryusov and the Riddle of Russian Decadence. University of California Press, 1985.
  • The Diary of Valery Bryusov (1893-1905). Edited, translated, with introductory essay. University of California Press, 1980.
  • Edgar Allan Poe in Russia: A Study in Legend and Literary Influence. Wurzburg: JAL-Verlag, 1973 (Russian translation, St. Petersburg, 1998).


  • “Variations on the Theme of Pushkin in Pasternak and Brjusov.” In: Boris Pasternak and His Times. Ed. Lazar Fleishman. Berkeley Slavic Specialties, 1989.
  • “Words, Idle Words: Discourse and Communication in Anna Karenina.” In Tolstoy: Essays in Interpretation. Ed. Hugh McLean. University of California Press, 1989.
  • “Transformations of Time in Turgenev’s Poetic.” Literature, Culture, and Society in the Modern Age. In Honor of Joseph Frank. Eds. Edward J. Brown et. al. Stanford Slavic Studies, 1991.
  • “Moi Pushkin. Briusov’s Search for the Real Aleksandr Sergeevich.” Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism. Eds Boris Gasparov, Robert P. Hughes, and Irina Paperno. University of California Press, 1992.
  • “Ivan Konevskoi: Bogatyr of Russian Symbolism.” The Silver Age in Russian Literature. Ed. John D. Elsworth. Macmillan, 1992.
  • “Alternate Beliefs: Spiritualism and Pantheism Among the Early Modernists,” Christianity and the Eastern Slavs, vol. III: Russian Literature in Modern Times, eds. Boris Gasparov et al., University of California Press.
  • “Valery Bryusov and Nina Petrovskaia: Clashing Models of Life in Art,” in Creating Life: The Aesthetic Utopia of Russian Modernism, eds. Irina Paperno, Joan Delaney Grossman, Stanford University Press, 1994.
  • “Neo-Kantianism, Pantheism, and the Ego. Symbolist Debates in the 1890’s,” in Studies in East European Thought, December 1995.
  • “Rise and decline of the ‘literary’ journal: 1880-1917,” in Literary Journals in Imperial Russia. Ed. Deborah A. Martinsen, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • “Ivan Konevskoi’s Metaphysical Journey to Finland,” in Studia Slavica Finlandensia, XVI/2, Helsinki, 1999.
  • “From the Finland Station: Ivan Konevskoi,” in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. Eds. Karen L. Ryan and Barry Scherr. St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
  • “The Transformation Myth in Russian Modernism: Ivan Konevskoi and Nikolai Zabolotskii,” in Metamorphoses in Russian Modernism. Ed. Peter I. Barta. Central European University Press, 2000.
  • “Philosophers, Decadents, and Mystics: James’s Russian Readers in the 1890s,” in William James in Russian Culture. Eds. Joan Delaney Grossman and Ruth Rischin, Rowman & Littlefield/ Lexington Books, 2003.
  • “Briusov and the Healing Art: Northern Nature in ‘Na granitakh,” The Russian Review, 62: 1 (2003).