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Amy Singleton Adams


Modern Languages and Literatures
Medieval & Renaissance Studies


Professor of Russian
Program Coordinator Studies in World Literatures
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Fields: Russian Language, Literature, and Culture

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 19th Century Russian Literature:
Rebels, Rabble, & Martyrs 
20th Century Russian Literature:
Writing Revolution

Fire & Ice:
Siberia in Fiction

Russia & the World

Men of Steel:
Socialist Realism

Writing Under Stalin 

Calvary Maidens:
Russian Women Writers

Russian Short Story 




Noplace Like Home was published in 1997 under my maiden name, Amy C. Singleton.

Noplace Like Home uses four masterpieces of Russian literature - Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls, Ivan Goncharov's Oblomov, Evgenii Zamiatin's We, and Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita - to show the successes and failings in Russia's search for home and self. Interdisciplinary in spirit, Noplace Like Home introduces Russian culture for the first time to the field of "home studies," which explores human identity in terms of man's relationship with domestic space. This broad social context, together with general cultural patterns expressed in the novels, encourages readers to consider even the most current events in Russian society - where identity and stability are again key issues - in terms of "home," "homelessness," and "noplace."
Related research includes:

“The Russian Homer: Goncharov’s Oblomov and the Mock Epic.” Against the Grain: Parody, Satire, and Intertextuality in Russian Literature. Ed. Janet G. Tucker. Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, Indiana University, 2002. 19-36.

“Nikolai Gogol.” Russian Literature in the Age of Pushkin and Gogol. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Christine A. Rydel, ed. Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1998. 137-166.

“Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov.” Russian Prose Writers Between the Wars. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Christine A. Rydel, ed. Columbia, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2003. 23-45.


Mothers and Sons: Christian Myth and Social Protest in Soviet Era Literature

This is my current book project. Mothers and Sons examines the literary symbol of the bogoroditsa or Russian "Mother of God" not only as a religious and cultural image, but also as a figure of social resistance and political protest. Mothers and Sons identifies a trend in Soviet-era literature to appropriate and rework the image and vita of the bogoroditsa. The resulting counter-narrative challenges both the religious ideal of the pre-revolutionary Madonna figure and the post-revolutionary social ideal of the “maternal.”

Related research includes:

“’Turned to Stone’: Statues and the Dynamics of Protest in Akhmatova’s Poetry.” Russian Language Journal, Volume LII, Nos. 171-173 (1998): 81-98.

A. V. Tyrkova. “The Emancipation of Women.” Russian Women: Experience and Expression, 1698-1917, An Anthology of Sources. Robin Bisha, Jehanne M. Gheith, Christine Holden, and William G. Wagner, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. 51-57. Translation and analysis.

AAASS, Biblical Texts and Subtexts in Dostoevsky, “The Shirt off One’s Back: Dostoevsky’s Response to Gogol’s “Overcoat” (November 2006). Organized refereed panel and presented paper.

AATSEEL-Wisconsin. Soviet Literature and Literary Theory, “Not By Bread Alone: Sacramentality in the Work of Maksim Gor’kii” (October 2005)

Art, Technology and Modernity in Russian and Eastern Europe, Columbia University. Closed Circuits of New Frontiers, “Rising Son, Falling Star: Technology and the Sacred in Petrushevskaia’s ‘Svoi krug’” (March 1999)

AATSEEL. “In memoriam: Statues in the Work of Anna Akhmatova (December 1997).

New England AAASS, Wellesley College. “The ‘Monumental’ in Akhmatova’s Poetry” (1997)

AATSEEL. “Biblical Imagery and Social Protest in Gorky’s Mat’” (1995).