Professor of Russian
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Alexander Woronzoff-Dashkoff teaches courses in Russian language and literature. Born in Renon, Italy, he received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California. For many years he also worked in the Russian Summer School at Middlebury College, the last nine years as director of the school.
At Smith, Woronzoff-Dashkoff regularly offers courses in 19th- and 20th century Russian literature, as well as women's autobiographies. His first book was entitled Audrey Bely's Petersburg, James Joyce's Ulysses and the Symbolist Movement in Literature. Subsequently, after publishing scores of articles, he has been devoted primarily to the life and works of E. R. Dashkova. He edited a collection of essays focusing on her life and works at The Russian Academy of Sciences (with M. Sofonov), and the French, authoritative edition of E. R. Dashkova's Mon histoire (with C. Woronzoff-Dashkoff and C. Leguis) at L'Harmattan. His publications include the annotation of her autobiography in English (Duke University Press); and writing her biography Dashkova: A Life of Influence and Exile (American Philosophical Society): the Russian translation of the biography was published in Moscow by Molodaia Gvardia in 2010 (Zhizn zamechatelnykh liudei) and he is currently completing her brother's biography (S. M. Vorontsov, Minister to the Court of St. James's).