Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Cinema and Media Studies
Associate Faculty, Divinity School
Robert Bird’s main area of interest is the aesthetic practice and theory of Russian modernism. His first full-length book Russian Prospero (2006) is a comprehensive study of the poetry and thought of Viacheslav Ivanov. He is also the author of two books on the film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev (2004) and Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema (2008). His translations of Russian religious thought include On Spiritual Unity: A Slavophile Reader (1998) and Viacheslav Ivanov’s Selected Essays (2001). His works in progress include The Soviet Imaginary and a book on Dostoevsky. His areas of academic interest include Modern Russian literature, cinema, aesthetic theory and intellectual history.
Textual interests include Russian Literature (including poetry) of all periods, Fedor Dostoyevsky, Lev Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, Andrei Platonov, Vladimir Nabokov, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.