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The Department of Russian
6085 Reed Hall Room 201
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3562
Telephone: (603) 646-2070
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Department Chair
Professor John
Department Administrator
Thérèse Perin-Deville,
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Barry P. Scherr

Barry Scherr

Mandel Family Professor of Russian

Emeritus Professor of Russian

211A Reed Hall
(603) 646-2628

Ph.D., University of Chicago, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses Taught

  • Russian language
  • Russian literature (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
  • Comparative Literature
  • Humanities and Film

Research Interests

  • Versification
  • Narrative theory
  • Twentieth-century Russian prose,
  • Russian poetry of the Silver Age

Selected Publications

  • Poetry and Poetics:  A Centennial Tribute to Kiril Taranovsky.  Edited by Barry P. Scherr, James Bailey and Vida T. Johnson.   Bloomington, IN:  Slavica, 2014.  Pp. xiii + 425. Includes the article: Barry Scherr, “Taranovsky’s Laws: Further Observations from a Comparative Perspective,” pp. 343-63.
  •  “The Topography of Terror:  The Real and Imagined City in Dostoevsky’s Besy” Dostoevsky Studies, 18 (2014), 59-85.
  • “Reshaping the Past:  Gorky’s Reminiscences of Korolenko.”  The Russian Review, 73 (2014), no. 4, 532-49.
  •  “Mikropolimetriia Eleny Shvarts” [The Micro-Polymetrical Verse of Elena Shvarts].  In Slavianskii stikh, IX. Ed. T. V. Skulacheva et al.  Moscow:  Rukopisnye pamiatniki Drevnei Rusi, 2012.  Pp. 105–16.
  •  “An Odessa Odyssey:  Vladimir Jabotinsky’s The Five.”  Slavic Review, 70 (2011), no. 1, 94–115.
  • Formal Methods in Poetics:  A Collection of Scholarly Works Dedicated to the Memory of Professor M. A. Krasnoperova.  Edited by Barry P. Scherr, James Bailey and Evgeny V. Kazartsev.  Lüdenscheid, Germany:  RAM-Verlag, 2011.  Pp. xi + 315.  Includes the article: Barry Scherr,“Tarkovskii’s Sonnets,“  pp. 124-43.
  • “Čukovskij's Whitmans,” Russian Literature, 66 (2009), no. 1, 65-98.
  • The Shining World: Exploring Aleksandr Grin's “Grinlandia”, by Barry P. Scherr and Nicholas Luker, with the collaboration of Simon Ellis.  Nottingham:  Astra Press, 2007. xviii + 189 pp.
  • Eisenstein at 100:  A Reconsideration.  Edited by Al LaValley and Barry P. Scherr.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press, 2001. ix + 318 pp. Includes the article: Barry Scherr, “Alexander Nevsky:  Film without a Hero,”  pp. 207-26.
  • Maksim Gorky:  Selected Letters.  Edited, translated, and commentary by Andrew Barratt and Barry P. Scherr.  Oxford:  Clarendon Press, 1997.  xxvi + 391 pp.
  • Russian Poetry:  Meter, Rhythm, and Rhyme.  Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1986.  xvi + 366 pp.


Last Updated: 1/19/15