A member of the Rhodes Department of Modern Languages and Literatures since 1986, Valeria Nollan teaches courses in Russian language, literature, and culture. Before coming to Rhodes, she taught at Indiana University, Oberlin College, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her courses are highly interdisciplinary, connecting Russian religious philosophy, music, and architecture in meaningful and productive ways with poetry, prose fiction, and film. Her areas of specialization include Russian literature and religious philosophy of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, critical theory, Russian Late Romantic music, Russian cinema, and Russian-Italian cultural connections.
Her first two books were published by Northwestern University Press: A Time to Gather Stones (translation of literary essays by Vladimir Soloukhin), 1993, and Bakhtin: Ethics and Mechanics (an edited collection of essays), 2004. In 2008 her highly acclaimed translation of Vladimir Solovyov’s Philosophical Principles of Integral Knowledge was published by Eerdmans Publishing Co. She is on the six-member international editorial board that is publishing the first scholarly edition of the complete collected works of S.V. Rachmaninoff. Her current project is a two-volume biography of Rachmaninoff.
In moments stolen from her family life and research, she enjoys walking with her two golden retrievers, playing the piano (especially Beethoven and Rachmaninoff), writing poetry, and dancing the tango (she is a member of the Memphis Argentine Tango Society). She has given piano recitals and readings of her published poetry in Russia and the U.K., and in various cities in the U.S.
1982, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Russian Language and Literature
1976, M.A. University of Pittsburgh, Russian Language and Literature
1974, B.A. University of Delaware, Russian Language and Literature; English Literature