D.Sc. in Philology, A. Watson Armour III University Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, 249 East Pyne Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544-5264, USA.


Field of Research: Russian Classics (Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky) - Mikhail Bakhtin - Russian music, opera, and theater.



  • - Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Texas at Austin, 1980);
  • - MAT in Russian Language Teaching, and Russian Studies (Harvard University, 1968);
  • - BA in Russian Literature (Cornell University, 1966)


Authored Books:

- Кэрил Эмерсон. Очерки по русской литературной и музыкальной культуре [Caryl Emerson. Essays on Russian literary and musical culture]. In the Series Современная западная славистика [Contemporary Western Slavic Studies]. Selected essays and reviews 1988-2019, with Preface. Academic Studies Press, Boston, 2019. 560 p.

- All the Same the Words Don’t Go Away (Essays on Authors, Heroes, Aesthetics, and Stage Adaptations from the Russian Tradition). Texts from 1988-2010, upgraded and edited with headnotes and postscripts; Introduction by David Bethea. Academic Studies Press, Boston, 2011. 422 p.

- The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Translation into Chinese 2015.

- Chester Dunning with Caryl Emerson, Sergei Fomichev, Lidiia Lotman, and Antony Wood. The Uncensored Boris Godunov: A Case for Pushkin’s 1825 Original, with annotated text and translation. University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. [2 chapters authored, 2 co-authored]

- The Life of Musorgsky. Cambridge University Press "Musical Lives" series, 1999. Translation into Chinese 2001, into Italian 2006.

- The First Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin. Princeton University Press, 1997. Translation into Portuguese 2002.

- Modest Musorgsky and Boris Godunov: Myths, Realities, Reconsiderations. (with Robert William Oldani), Cambridge University Press, 1994.

- Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a Prosaics (with Gary Saul Morson). Stanford University Press, 1990. Translation into Portuguese and Korean 2006.

- Boris Godunov: Transpositions of a Russian Theme. Indiana University Press, 1986.


Selected Articles:

- "Čapek, Janáček, That Makropulos Thing, and a Word about Sacrificed Women in 20th century Slavic Opera."  in Between Texts, Languages,and Cultures, a Festshrift for Michael Henry Heim, eds. Craig Cravens, Masako Fidler, and Susan Kresin (Slavica, 2008): 189-98

- "Princeton’s Boris Godunov, 1936/2007: After Seventy Years, Prokofiev’s Music is attached to Meyerhold’s Vision of Pushkin’s Play."  in Three Oranges [published by the Serge Prokofiev Foundation], Special Issue 14 (November 2007), co-edited with Simon Morrison. On Princeton University’s 2007 premiere of the 1936 Meyerhold / Prokofiev production of Pushkin’s Boris Godunov.

- "In Honor of Mikhail Gasparov’s Quarter-Century of Not Liking Bakhtin: Pro and Contra." in Poetics. Self. Place. Essays in Honor of Anna Lisa Crone, eds. Catherine O’Neil, Nicole Boudreau, & Sarah Krive (Slavica Publishers, 2007): 26-49.

"Двадцать пять лет спустя: Гаспаров о Бахтине". ["Twenty-Five Years Later: Gasparov on Bakhtin."] in Voprosy literatury. Vol. 2 (March-April 2006): 12-47. Forum in memoriam M. L. Gasparov (1935-2005).

- "Artur Vincent Lourié's 'Blackamoor of Peter the Great': Pushkin's Exotic Ancestor as Twentieth-Century Opera." in Under the Sky of my Africa: Alexander Pushkin and Blackness. Eds. Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy et al. Northwestern University Press, 2006. 332-67.

- "Shostakovich and the Russian Literary Tradition." in Shostakovich and his World Ed. Laurel E. Fay. Bard Music Festival/Princeton University Press, 2004. 183-226.

- "Our Everything": Review essay of recent (or reprinted) Pushkin biographies: T. J. Binyon. Pushkin: A Biography (2002), И.Сурат и С. Бочаров, Пушкин: Краткий очерк жизни и творчества (2002), Ариадна Тыркова-Вильямс, Жизнь Пушкина (1929 [v. 1], 1948 [v. II], Moscow repr. edition 2002), Феликс Раскольников, Статьи о русской литературе, Часть I: Пушкин. (2002) in Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 48: 1 (2004): 77-97

- "Zosima's 'Mysterious Visitor': Again Bakhtin on Dostoevsky, and Dostoevsky on Heaven and Hell." in A New Word on The Brothers Karamazov. Ed. Robert Louis Jackson. Northwestern University Press, 2003. 155-79.

- "Tolstoy versus Dostoevsky and Bakhtin’s Ethics of the Classroom." in  Approaches to Teaching Anna Karenina, edited by Liza Knapp and Amy Mandelker. (Modern Language Association Publications, 2003): 104-16

- "Tolstoy's Aesthetics." in Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy. Ed. Donna Tussing Orwin. Cambridge University Press, 2002. 237-51.

-  "Coming to Terms with Bakhtin's Carnival: Ancient, Modern, Sub Specie Aeternitatis." Bakhtin and the Classics. Ed. R. Bracht Branham. Northwestern University Press, 2001. 5-26.

- "Bakhtin, Lotman, Vygotsky, and Lydia Ginzburg on Types of Selves: A Tribute." in Self and Story in Russian History. Eds. Laura Engelstein and Stephanie Sandler. Cornell University Press, 2000. 20-45.

- "Bakhtin After 1990: How Having the Early Writings in English Has Reconfigured the Whole." in Festschrift for Vadim Liapunov Eds. Stephen H. Blackwell and Nina Perlina. Indiana Slavic Studies, 2000. 1-21.



  • - Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Princeton University (1988-2015)
  • - Professor of Slavic Language and Literatures, Princeton University (1987-88)
  • - Associate Professor of Russian Literature, Cornell University (1986-87)
  • - Assistant Professor of Russian Literature, Cornell University (1980-86)
  • - Assistant Professor in Russian Area Studies, Windham College, Putney, VT (1972-76)
  • - Instructor in Russian Area Studies, Windham College (1970-71)
  • - Teacher, American History, Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville, NJ (1968-70)