Naomi Caffee holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her arrival at U of A, she worked as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, where she taught courses such as "Nuclear Literatures," "Multicultural Russia," " Eurasia in Five Meals," and "Language, Power, and Identity in the Post-Communist World." Her research interests include postcolonial approaches to Russian and Central Asian literatures, indigenous literature, global and transnational studies, ecocriticism, and literary translation.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian / Slavic Studies
This course explores the diverse ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural identities of Russia's population, including the history of how such identities evolved. We will discuss encounters between mainstream and minority cultures, as well as the ways such encounters are viewed on the global stage and within Russia. By analyzing works of literature, films, historical documents, works of art, musical recordings, and scholarship from the humanities and social sciences, students will become familiar with the most pressing debates on diversity and plurality in contemporary Russia.
The course will examine supernatural figures who find their folkloric and historical origins in the Slavic and East European tradition. Through legends, chronicles, novels, films, and music, the course will consider how and why these creatures come to reflect contemporary fears.