Russell Scott Valentino

Russell Valentino
Adjunct Professor
Courses Taught: 

Major Texts of World Literature; Translation Workshop; Workshop in Literary Magazine Publishing; Literature and Translation

Research Interests: 
literary translation and translation studies; world literature; 19th-20th century Russian literature; Mediterranean studies; virtue theory; republicanism; modernity

Russell Scott Valentino is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University. Until December 2012 he was professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa, where, in addition to general literature and culture courses, he taught literary translation in the Translation Workshop, and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Iowa Review. His first book was the scholarly monograph Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel (2001); his second, currently under review, is From Virtue to Virtuality: Property, Commerce and the Quest for Masculine Character from Dostoevsky to DeLillo. He is also the translator of eight book-length literary works from Italian, Croatian, and Russian, including Fulvio Tomizza's Materada (2000), Carlo Michelstaedter's Persuasion and Rhetoric (2005), Sabit Madaliev's The Silence of the Sufi (2006), and Predrag Matvejevic's The Other Venice (2007). His essays and translations have appeared in Words Without Borders, Slavic Review, Defunct, The Iowa Review, Two Lines, POROI, Circumference, Asia, The Del Sol Review, Russian Review, 91st Meridian, Modern Fiction Studies, and 91st Meridian. He is the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays research grants and two NEA literature fellowships (one for prose and one for poetry), and founder and senior editor at Autumn Hill Books, an independent press that focuses on literary translations of prose and poetry into English.


Comparative Literature