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Dustin Condren

Assistant Professor, Russian

Ph.D., Stanford University

Kaufman Hall 225

My research and writing centers on the literature and intellectual culture of the early Soviet period, and the visual and physical forms (cinema, photography, graphic art, architecture) that frame them. The book project that I am currently completing, An Unrealized Cinema: Sergei Eisenstein’s Imagined Film Projects, 1927–1938 analyzes six of Soviet filmmaker Eisenstein’s articulated but unrealized film projects. Apart from attempting to recover some important pieces of forgotten cinema, the book also explores the slow and segmented process(es) of cinema creation and investigates certain realities of filmmaking during an extremely fraught political period in the USSR (the First Five-Year Plan, the primary stages of the Stalinist terror). All of this is framed by conceptual questions about the categories of the unfinished, of completion, of the infinite, and of failure.

The courses that I teach cover nineteenth-and twentieth-century prose, poetry, and dramatic literature; Russian and Soviet cinema; film history and theory; and upper-level Russian language. Within the Russian section, I advise Russian majors and minors in course selection and planning and guide student progress toward graduation.

I am also an active translator of Russian and a professional photographer whose portrait and conceptual work in the music industry has been highly visible over the last decade. My goal is always to hold the thread connecting my academic and creative work, and to keep these other activities an integral and informative part of my teaching and research.

Representative publications

“Odd or Even: Eisenstein and Unfinished Work,” The Eisenstein Universe, eds. Ian Christie and Julia Vassilieva. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

“Sub’’ektiv: Eizenshtein i ozhivlenie veshchei,” Eizenshtein dlia XXI veka, ed. Naum Kleiman. Moscow: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, 2020, 96–111.

“Notes Toward an Untimely Soviet Comedy: Eisenstein’s MMM,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, v. 15 (2021), no. 1.

“John Shade Shaving: Inspiration and Composition in a Selection from Pale Fire.” Nabokov Studies 10 (2006): 129–46.

Tolpa/Chern’.” In Crowds, eds. Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Tiews. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006, 328–30.


Sergei Eisenstein, The Primal Phenomenon: Art, eds. Oksana Bulgakowa and Dietmar Hochmuth. Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2017. 343 pp.

Sergei Eisenstein, Disney, eds. Oksana Bulgakowa and Dietmar Hochmuth. Berlin: Potemkin Press, 2013. 176 pp.

Leo Tolstoy, The Gospel in Brief. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. 224 pp.