Julia Verkholantsev

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Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Office Address: 
736 Williams Hall
Phone: 
215-898-8649
Email Address: 
juliaver@sas.upenn.edu
Education: 

Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

M.A. (Indo-European) Linguistics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1998

B.A. Russian and Slavic Studies, Linguistics, and Greek Language and Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Julia Verkholantsev’s primary research interests are in the field of Slavic (particularly, Early East Slavic, Russian, Czech, Polish and Croatian) cultural history, early modern and medieval literary and linguistic culture, textual and cultural transmission.

Her other academic interests include linguistic historiography, history of writing and literacy, Slavic (Cyrillic, Glagolitic and Latin) and Greek paleography and cryptography, projects and theories of universal language, literary contexts of the visual and performing arts, and the formation of the literary canon.

Selected Publications: 

Ruthenica Bohemica: Ruthenian Translations from Czech in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Poland, Slavische Sprachgeschichte Bd 3. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2008

Speculum Slaviae Orientalis: Muscovy, Ruthenia and Lithuania in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Julia Verkholantsev and Vyacheslav V. Ivanov, UCLA Slavic Studies, n.s., IV, Moscow: Novoe Izdatel’stvo, 2005.

Work in Progress: 

Prof. Verkholantsev is currently completing her book manuscript, tentatively titled The Slavic Letters of St. Jerome: How a Translator of the Vulgate Became a Slav, which is under a contract with the Northern Illinois University Press (Orthodox Christian Studies series). The book explores the history of the medieval belief in St. Jerome's authorship of the Glagolitic letters and Slavonic liturgy, and investigates its spread from Dalmatia to Bohemia and Poland.

Recent Courses: 

RUSS 100, Introduction to Russian Culture

RUSS 213, Saints and Devils in Russian Literature and Traditions

RUSS 234, Medieval Russia: Origins of Russian Cultural Identity

SLAV 100, Slavic Civilization

RUSS 410 Russian Folk and Literary Tale (in Russian)

RUSS 412, Romantics and Realists: Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature and Culture (in Russian)

RUSS 419, Russian Song and Folklore (in Russian)

Graduate seminars

SLAV 526, In Defiance of Babel: The Quest for a Universal Language

SLAV 517, Medieval Russia: Origins of Russian Cultural Identity