Monika Greenleaf

Monika Greenleaf

Ph.D., Yale University, Slavic Languages & Literatures (1984)
M.A., Oxford University, Modern Languages (1975)
B.A, Oxford University, Modern Languages (1975)
B.A, Stanford University, Comparative Literatures (1973)


"Like many readers, I discovered Dostoevsky as a master of human absurdity and torment when I was fifteen. Then, as a Stanford student during the era of political and existential protest, I found that no other writer pierced the orchestrated power-structures of social and interior discourse like this radically political, religious, and comical novelist. Emily Dickinson emerged for me as just such a resolute creator of unprospected forms of interior life. IntroSems offers me the chance to splice my roots and read Dostoevsky and Dickinson with young students who find themselves at a similar juncture of engagement with new frameworks of thought and self-discovery."

Monika Greenleaf is an associate professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures and in Comparative Literature. She earned her B.A. here at Stanford and returned to teach here, earning an M.A. at Oxford University and a Ph.D. at Yale along the way. She works on poetry and on literature as performance in addition to studying the great Russian novelists.

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