Elena Murenina

Elena K. Murenina

Associate Professor
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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.


  • Basic and Intermediate Russian Language (four levels)
  • Intermediate Russian Composition / Conversation Through Film (third year Russian)
  • Intermediate Russian Conversation (third year Russian)
  • Advanced Russian Grammar (fourth year Russian)
  • Russian Language and Media (third year Russian)
  • Russian Fairy Tales (third year Russian)
  • Russian Short Story (fourth year Russian)
  • Introduction to Russian Culture and Civ. (10th-21st C.)
  • 19th Century Russian Novel in Translation
  • 20th Century Russian Novel in Translation
  • 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation
  • 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation
  • 18th-21st Cent. Russian Short Story in Translation
  • Introduction to Russian Poetry and Versification
  • Pushkin's Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse
  • 19th Russian Novel and Intellectual Thought (Senior Seminar)
  • Gogol, Dostoevsky and Bulgakov (Senior Seminar)
  • Dostoevsky's Idiot and Bulgakov's Master and Margarita (Senior Seminar)
  • Dostoevsky and Nabokov (Senior Seminar)
  • Russian Auteur Cinema: Tarkovsky (Senior Seminar)
  • Russian and Soviet Film (Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar)
  • Early Soviet Cinema: 1920s-1950s (Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar)
  • Art, Politics, and Entertainment in Russian and American Contexts (Honors Seminar)
  • Russian 20th Century Émigré Culture (Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar)
  • Introduction to Russian Studies: Humanities (Interdisciplinary Seminar)
  • Directed Readings in Russian Studies (Undergraduate Research)
  • Multidisciplinary Research in Russian Studies (Thesis)
  • Field Study in Russia
  • Honors Independent Study
  • Honors Thesis




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