David M. Bethea is the Vilas Research Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor of Russian Studies at Oxford University. His studies of Russian poetry, Russian literary culture, and Russian thought have been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Times, the NEH, the ACLS, and his own scholarly community (AATSEEL), which awarded him a lifetime achievement award in 2003. Primary areas of scholarly interest for Bethea include: Pushkin and his time, modern Russian poetry, Russian émigré literature between the wars, Khodasevich, Brodsky, Nabokov, and Russian religious thought. Recently Bethea has edited The Pushkin Handbook (2006) and served as general editor of Sochineniia Pushkina (Pushkin's Works, 2006-), a new fully annotated facsimile collection of the poet's works. A selection of Bethea's old and new essays, The Superstitious Muse: Thinking Russian Literature Mythopoetically, is appearing this fall (2009).

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