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Inessa Medzhibovskaya

Associate Professor of Liberal Studies And Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Inessa Medzhibovskaya holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. With training in philology, intellectual history, Germanic, and Slavic Studies, and international education, she is interested in how literature and philosophy transmit human values in their cultural and historical specificity and universality. Since arriving at The New School in 2004, she has taught seminars on Russian, German and European classics, Shakespeare, Schopenhauer, the theatre masters Bertolt Brecht and Erwin Piscator; single-text courses on Anna Karenina, Faust, Hamlet, War and Peace; and problem-oriented courses on such topics as “Bildungsroman,” "Romanticism," “crime and salvation,” “writing and confinement,” “the anxiety of possession,” “love and its genres,” “laughter and politics,” “labor and dignity,” “philosophical selfhood,” “modernist identity,” and “exile.” She was named a distinguished teacher in 2007.

Prof. Medzhibovskaya is the author of the first definitive biography of Tolstoy’s religious and philosophical evolution and edited several volumes addressed to his art and thought in relation to the historical milieu that shaped his problems and eternal quests. Her newest book (about to be released, 2019) immerses the reader in the story of the struggle of Russian thought for self-definition. She has published over fifty journal essays and book chapters on literature (focusing mainly on Russian and European authors and thinkers), ideology and education, and the interplay of philosophy, religion, politics and literary aesthetics. In addition to a new monograph, Tolstoy and the Fates of the Twentieth Century for Princeton University Press, she is completing the first anthology, in English, of Tolstoy’s thought, along with a companion volume of introduction to his thought (both under contract with Academic Studies Press). She is also excited to have recently contracted with Oxford University Press for the creation and maintenance of a detailed online bibliography entry “Leo Tolstoy” for its “Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theories” series. She is now returning to a reappraisal of the Hegelian-Marxist legacy dating back to the foundation of her academic career as a literary and intellectual historian: new projects have emerged that include studies in the history and practice of Marxist aesthetics.