Bate 3303 (office)
Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University Mailstop #556
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Director, Russian Studies Program
M.A. Philology, Saratov State University, (Saratov, Russia)
Ph.D. Philology, Urals State University (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
Specialization: Russian Literature & Literary Criticism
Literary Criticism & Cultural Studies
19th Century Russian Literary & Intellectual History
20th Century Russian Émigré Art, Criticism, and Philosophy
Experience and Expression in Exile
Auteur Cinema in Russia and Europe
Reading and Film Audiences
Media, Culture, and Society
Dr. Murenina is a native of Russia. She joined our Department in the Fall 2001 as Thomas W. Rivers Distinguished Chair in International Studies, to help the College of Arts and Science promote the development of Russian Studies in East Carolina. Since that time, the Russian Studies section has been solidified by a significant number of new courses in Russian literature, culture and film and by the establishment of a Russian Studies Interdisciplinary Program.
Before coming to the United States, Dr. Murenina was an Associate Professor at the Department of Literary Criticism at Saratov State University, one of the oldest classical universities in Russia. In Saratov, for 14 years she taught a broad range of courses on the history and theory of Russian literature, literary criticism and journalism of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, seminars on literary biography, the writings of Gogol and Dostoevsky. For several years, she was a Vice-Dean of the College of Philology which consists of 9 Literary Studies and Linguistics Departments, and also the Director of the Graduate Journalism Program. She has published more than 40 articles and papers on various aspects of Russian literature and culture, diverse problems of intercultural communication, literary criticism and media. Her academic and teaching experience has been reflected in her textbook on 18th-19th Century Russian Literature (1996), specially designed for students majoring in English, German and French.
Dr. Murenina's passion for Russian literature grew out of her love for Russian poetry. By the age of sixteen her poems had been published in Moscow periodicals. It is her hope that future ECU students will be able to appreciate Russian poetry in its original language, fascinated by its depth and beauty.