Department of Comparative Literature and the College
Olga Solovieva’s work brings into dialogue texts and concepts from numerous disciplines, including literature, film, religious studies, art history, philosophy, and law. She is interested in what can “be done with words,” with a focus on the history of rhetoric, performance, communication, interdisciplinary narratology, and media studies, particularly in their material and corporeal aspects.
Her first book project, “Christ’s Subversive Body,” examines the rhetorical usages and the epistemological basis that the religious notion of Christ’s body has offered for alternative or subversive social and medial constructs at some critical junctures in the history of Western civilization. Her current book projects, “The Russian Kurosawa” and “Thomas Mann’s Russia,” address the political, philosophical, and mediating function of the reception of Russian literature in East and West.
Solovieva’s articles have appeared in Poetica, Italian Culture, German Studies Review, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Journal of Ancient Christianity, and Zhongguo xueshu (China Scholarship). Her work on Russian and German relations was honored with a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award, and her cinema criticism received the Grand Marnier Award of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as well as a writing award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She holds a PhD in comparative literature and film studies from Yale University.