Robyn Jensen, Assistant Teaching Professor



Ph.D., Columbia University (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
M.Phil, Columbia University (Slavic Languages and Literatures, with a minor in Film Studies)
M.A., Columbia University (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
B.A., Barnard College (Slavic Languages and Literatures)


Teaching: 19th and 20th-century Russian literature; Nabokov; Chekhov; the short story; prison literature in Russia and America; women in Soviet cinema

Research interests: Russian literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries; Vladimir Nabokov; Anton Chekhov; Moscow Conceptualism; narratives of the self; visual culture and photography theory; aesthetics and interart studies; theater and performance studies; prison literature and carceral studies

Current book project: Nabokov’s Camera Eye


Articles and Book Chapters

“‘Had I Been a Painter’: Lolita and the Perversity of Interart Relations,” Nabokov Studies 18 (2022-23)

“Patterns and Paratexts: Teaching Nabokov’s Autobiography,” in Reimagining Nabokov: Pedagogies for the 21st Century, eds. José Vergara and Sara Karpukhin (Amherst College Press, 2022)

“Authorizing the Image: Photography in Nabokov’s Speak, Memory,” Slavic and East European Journal 63.2 (Summer 2019)

“Crime and Dismemberment: Murder, Policing, and the Weimar Photo-Illustrated Press in Nabokov’s Korol’, dama, valet,” in Nabokov and Berlin, eds. Luke Parker and Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya (under review)

Public Writing
“Children of the Surrealist Revolution,” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 17, 2022

“Written in the Face: Sergei Lebedev’s Untraceable,” Los Angeles Review of Books, April 9, 2021

“‘More Chekhov than Chekhov’: The Seagull on The Sims,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 24, 2020

“On Photography, Protests, and Citizenship,” Los Angeles Review of Books Blog, July 14, 2020

“Moscow–Beijing: A Journey Across Eurasia,” Harriman Magazine, Winter 2015

Film Reviews
Core of the World (Serdtse mira), dir. Natalia Meshchaninova, Kino Kultura 65 (July 2019)

Pomegranate Orchard (Nar bağı), dir. Ilgar Najaf, Kino Kultura 60 (April 2018)

Dream-fish (Ryba-mechta), dir. Anton Bilzho, Kino Kultura 56 (April 2017)

Anna Karenina, dir. David Blair, Tolstoy Studies Journal: Anna Karenina for the Twenty-First Century (2016)

Kurai-Kurai: Tales on the Wind, dir. Marjoleine Boonstra, Kino Kultura 52 (April 2016)