Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures • 3016 Modern Languages Building • The University of Michigan • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275
M.A., D.Phil., Oxford University, 1985.
Michael Makin is the advisor for the undergraduate concentration and minor in Russian. He also answers general questions on the Department's undergraduate programs. He is the author of the following brochures:
• Twenty Questions on Russian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan (PDF) and
• The Russian-speaking Communities of Ann Arbor and the Detroit Suburbs: a Brief Guide for Students,
• and of the PowerPoint presentation, Why Study Russian?
Michael Makin teaches courses on Russian culture and literature, primarily since the beginning of the nineteenth century.
• Russian 222- Russia Today (Instructor on leave W '06)
• Russian 474- New Writing in the New Russia (Instructor on leave W '06)
Recent courses include:
• Russian 462/856- Dostoevsky
• Slavic 240- Slavic Folklore and Modern Society
• Russian 463/855- Chekhov
• Russian 499- Senior Seminar in Russian, Images of the Provincial in 19th- and 20th-Century Russian Culture
Recent mini-courses include:
LHSP 151.004 "The Magic and Mystery of St Petersburg"
Recent course collaborations include:
Team-teaching Great Books 291- "Great Books of Modern Literature"(lectures on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment)
Team-teaching LHSP 100 – “Communities of the Book” (lectures on “Russian Orthodoxy: Community and Text” and “Russian Orthodoxy: Between Antiquity and Modernity”)
Lecture in REES 395 (Survey of Russia and the Soviet Union) on the Russian Intelligentsia
Lecture in RC Langs 323, Russian Readings Course: Culture of the Russian Table on “Vesel’e Rusi: alcohol in Russian Culture”
Michael Makin's research interests include Russian poetry and prose of the twentieth century, contemporary Russian culture, problems of Russian textuality, and the life and culture of the Russian provinces. His current research interests include: the life and works of the poet Nikolai Klyuev (he is a regularly participant in the annual Klyuevskie chteniya in the poet's home region, participated in the recent RAN Karelia conference "Olonetskie stranitsy zhizni i tvorchestva: Nikolai Klyuev i problemy etnopoetiki", and has contributed to the web sites Klyuevoslov and Tvorchestvo novokrest'yanskikh poetov, as well as to other publications on the poet, in addition to his own publications, a selection of which may be found below); Russian museum culture, especially Russia's literary museums; "phantom" and fragment texts in Russian literature (his new book project on the subject is entitled Broken Russian).
Marina Tsvetaeva: Poetics of Appropriation, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993 (Chapter Three – The Poemy-skazki)
Marina Tsvetaeva: Poetika usvoeniya, Dom-Muzei Mariny Tsvetaevoi, Moscow, 1997 (Russian translation of Marina Tsvetaeva: Poetics of Appropriation)
Alternative Chronicles of Russian Poetry: Essays by Mikhail Aizenberg (Russian Studies in Literature, Spring, 1996).
Discontinuous Discourses in Modern Russian Literature, co-editor, with Catriona Kelly and David Shepherd, Macmillan (UK), St Martin's (US), 1989.
On Karel Capek: a Michigan Slavic Symposium, co-editor, with Jindrich Toman, Papers in Slavic Philology, number 5, Michigan Slavic Publications, 1992.
Completed Book Manuscript Under Consideration with an American University Press:
Poet, Text, Time: The Extraordinary, Yet Exemplary Case of Nikolai Klyuev.
Selected Recent Articles
“Nikolai Kyuev i Mel’nikov-Pecherskii: zagadki i predpolozheniya”, In Memoriam: ?????? ????????????? ????, ed F.Fjodorovs and J.Szokalski, Daugavpils Universitates Akademiskais apgads „Saule”,
“Whose Kliuev, Who is Kliuev? Polemics of Identity and Poetry”, Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 85, no 2, (2007), 231-70.
"Nikolai Klyuev i Nil Sorskii", XXI Vek na puti k Klyuevu: Materialy Mezhdunarodnoi konferentsii “Olonetskie stranitsy zhizni i tvorchestva: Nikolai Klyuev i problemy etnopoetiki”, posvyashchennoi 120-letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya velikogo russkogo poeta Nikolaya Klyueva 21-25 sentyabrya 2004 g., ed. E. Markova, Karel'skii Nauchnyi tsentr, Rossiiskaya Akademiya Nauk, Petrozavodsk, 2006, 87-98.
“Nikolai Kliuev – Prophet of Loss”, SEEJ, Vol. 49, no 4 (2005), 591-611.
“Iz Sibiri v kushchi raya: poslednee stikhotvorenie Nikolaya Klyueva”, Literaturnoe nasledie N. Klyueva: kartina mira i obraz cheloveka, vypusk 2, ed. V. Domanskii. Sibirika: Tomsk, 2005, 46-62.
"Vytegorskii' sbornik Nikolaya Klyueva ‘L’vinyi khleb’”, Vytegra: kraevedcheskii al’manakh, vypusk 3, Rus', Vologda, 2005, 171-84.
"Nikolai Klyuev v angolyazychnom mire”, Petryaevskie chteniya ’01: tezizy, doklady, ed. V. N. Kolupaeva and A. L. Rashkovskii (Kirov-na-Vyatke, 2001), 72-80; full version, Sever, 4-5-6 (2002), 230-35; revised and expanded version, Kluevoslov, 2005, “Nikolai Klyuev v angolyazychnom mire”.
“Britanskii pervootkryvatel’ Nikolaya Klyueva”, Krasnoe znamya (Vytegra), 18 October, 2001), full version “Britanskii pervootkryvatel’ pozdnego Klyueva” ”, Nauka i biznes na Murmane: nauchnoprakticheskii zhurnal, seriya Dukhovnaya praktika (4, 2002), 11-13; also online on Kluevoslov at “Britanskii pervootkyrvatel’ Nikolaya Klyueva”.
“Paradoksy Kremlya”, article on Nikolai Klyuev’s recently published narrative poem Kreml’, solicited for a collection of articles edited by Professor V. Domanskii, Tomsk.
"Nikolai Klyuev v amerikanskom universitetskom klasse", Vytegorskii vestnik, 2 (Vytegra).
"The Super-natural in the Prose of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya", Proceedings of Michigan Petrushevskaya Symposium, ed. Nyusya Milman, Slavica, Bloomington, Indiana.
"The Life of Texts and the Texts of Lives: the Case of Marina Tsvetaeva", article, collection on aesthetics and totalitarianism, ed. Peter Davies and John Haynes, Edinburgh and London
“Terakt, vzglyad iz Ameriki”, Argumenty i fakty, 4 October, 2001
“Videniya budushchego v russkoi kul’ture”, Krasnoe znamya (Vytegra), 26 June, 2001, reprinted in tenth-anniversary sbornik of Dept of Culturology, Vyatka State Pedagogical University (January, 2002).
Selected Recent Interviews:
Karelian Republican Radio, 24 September, 2004
Vytegra Regional Radio, 3 July, 2003.
Vologda Regional Television, 18 October, 2001.
Krasnoe znamya, Vytegra, 5 September, 2000.
Recent public lectures delivered by Michael Makin include: three lectures during the Missouri State Southern University’s “Russian Semester”: “New Moscow – Old Heartland: Contrasts of Russia Today”; “Poet and Power: the Story of Nikolai Klyuev”; and “The Literature of St Petersburg”; a lecture in the UM Faculty Lecture Series,St Petersburg Theme Semester,“Literary Petersburg: from Pushkin to Brodsky”; and a lecture (in Russian), Vologda State Pedagogical University, “American Education and Slavic Studies in the U.S.”.
Michael Makin organizes the annual Slavic Fair and other events promoting the Department’s undergraduate programs. Among other recent events organized by him were: the visit of Russian poet Elena Schwarz, who gave a reading of her poetry in the Rackham amphitheatre; and a forum on Nikolai Ostrovsky, marking the Michigan première of Diary of a Scoundrel.