Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian
A strong believer in both the liberal arts education, and the transformative power of the “small liberal arts college,” Professor Pyatkevich is excited to be a part of the Lewis & Clark community for a third year. She earned her PhD in Russian literature from Columbia University in 2010. Before coming to Lewis & Clark in 2011-2012 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies, Rebecca taught literature, language, and culture at Columbia University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Indiana-Bloomington. At Lewis & Clark, she has taught all levels of language and several literature courses, and is excited to offer, in spring 2014, a new course on the theory and practice of translation. Rebecca specializes in 20 century Russian poetry, with a special interest in the works of the poets Joseph Brodsky and Marina Tsvetaeva. She is currently finishing an article on Marina Tsvetaeva’s use of gender and the poetics of diary-writing in her “Poem of the End,” and is working on her book on Joseph Brodsky’s metaphors of poetic power . She is also the current chair of the Oregon chapter of the American Association of the Teachers of Russian and Eastern European Languages. When not in her office talking with students, writing, or preparing for class, Rebecca enjoys making needlessly elaborate meals, jogging along the waterfront, and an occasional evening of jazz or salsa.