Born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a family of Croatian and German origin, Dr. Crnković attended Franklin and Marshall College and the Russian School of Norwich University. He received an A.B. in Russian Language and Literature from F&M in 1974. After working for two years as a free-lance translator, he studied Slavic literatures at Yale University, where he received the PhD in 1985 after defending his dissertation on the "Rhythmical and Syntactical Structures in the Life of Aleksandr Nevskij." He completed post-doctoral work at Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad) State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After serving as lector and instructor of Croatian and Russian at Yale and teaching for a year at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) he came to Gustavus in 1984, where he is currently Professor of Russian Language and Literature and Director of the Russian & Eastern European Studies program. He has also served as Director of Curriculum II, the College's intensive integrated general education program.
In addition to offering numerous courses in Russian language and literature, Prof. Crnković has also conducted seminars on Central European Literature, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Modern and Contemporary Russian Culture. As part of Gustavus' emphasis on international education Professor Crnković has traveled and taught regularly in Central and Eastern Europe.
With an expertise in medieval Slavic literatures, Dr. Crnković maintains an active research agenda. His article, "Isocolic Structures and Graphemetic Features in the Croatian Church Slavic Regula Sancti Benedicti," has appeared in Studi Slavistici and his recently completed book, Ki lipo umije Čtiti: Rhythm and Structure in the Croatian Glagolitic Church Books, is scheduled for publication in 2017. He is currently working on an in-depth study of the Glagolitic versions of the Life of St. Wenceslaus. In the summer of 2009, Prof. Crnković participated in the NEH seminar "The Re-formation of the Book 1450-1650" in Antwerp and Oxford. In the summer of 2012 Dr Crnković attended the University of Zagreb Summer Croaticum under the auspices of the U.S. Title VIII critical language program and completed extensive research at the Church Slavic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia. While on sabbatical leave in the fall of 2015 Dr Crnković conducted extensive continuing research in Zagreb, Vienna and Prague aided by a generous Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.Professor Crnković has also recently published articles on twentieth century Russian literature and, most recently, on the existential themes in the Croatian writer, Antun Šoljan's, prose fiction.
Besides his scholarly and pedagogical interests, Prof. Crnković is an amateur musician who has sung with the Lancaster (Penna.), Musica Sacra, the Yale Russian Chorus, and the Te Deum Gregorian Choir, and the Schola Gregoriana Ss Petri & Pauli dedicata. He is also an accomplished artisan in typography and printing on the letterpress.
A.B. Franklin & Marshall College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University
Areas of Expertise
RUS-102 (Elementary Russian II), RUS-202 (Intermediate Russian II), and RUS-344 (ST:Food in Russ Lit)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|RUS-102||Elementary Russian II||17||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP|
|RUS-101||Elementary Russian I||16||2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA|
|RUS-202||Intermediate Russian II||16||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP|
|RUS-201||Intermediate Russian I||14||2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA|
|CUR-250||Literary Experience||9||2015/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA|
|RUS-251||Conversation and Phonetics||8||2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA|
|RUS-344||ST:Russ Film Sci Fic||6||2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2011/FA, 2008/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP|
|RUS-244||ST:Russ Film Sci Fic||6||2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP|
|RUS-253||Composition||6||2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA|
|RUS-372||Russian Literature to 1900||5||2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP|
|RUS-323||Russian Literature Since 1900||4||2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP|
|CUR-100||Historical Perspective I||4||2008/FA|
|RUS-223||Russian Literature Since 1900||3||2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP|
|RUS-321||19th Cent Russian Lit||3||2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP|
|RUS-221||19th Cent Russian Lit||3||2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP|
|RUS-374||Twentieth Century Russian Literature||3||2004/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP|
|FTS-100||FTS:Russian Culture||2||2014/FA and 2013/FA|
|RUS-268||Career Exploration||2||2005/JN and 2004/JN|
|RUS-237||Russian and East European Literature||2||2003/SP and 2000/SP|
|RUS-244||ST:Russ Film Lab||1||2015/FA|
|NDL-206||Russian Literature and Culture||1||2006/JN|
|NDL-208||Vienna, Prague, and Budapest||1||2004/JN|
|MFL-200||Tolstoy's War and Peace||1||2003/JN|
|NDL-108||Vienna, Prague, and Budapest||1||2002/JN|
|NDL-130||Vienna, Prague, and Budapest||1||2000/JN|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.