Susanne Fusso received her B.A. in Slavic from Lawrence University and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University. She is interested in the nineteenth-century Russian novel, and has published books on Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 novel Dead Souls and on sexuality in the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Her current project is a study of the literary career of Mikhail Katkov, a politically powerful conservative editor and journalist who published the major works of Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy in his journal The Russian Herald. The study focuses on the ways in which Katkov’s Russian nationalism fueled his drive to create the canon of Russian literature as a recognized part of world literature. She recently published a translation of Trepanation of the Skull, an autobiographical novel by Sergey Gandlevsky, a prize-winning Russian poet.
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