Denis Crnković

Faculty

Professor in Russian and Director of Russian & Eastern European Studies in Russian and Comparative Literature

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 and Comparative Literature programs. 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 2018. He is currently working on an in-depth study on orality and meaning in 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, 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.

 

Education

A.B. Franklin & Marshall College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University



Courses Taught

RUS-101 (Elementary Russian I), RUS-201 (Intermediate Russian I), and RUS-253 (Composition)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
RUS-102 Elementary Russian II 20 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 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-202 Intermediate Russian II 19 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 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-101 Elementary Russian I 18 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 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-201 Intermediate Russian I 16 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 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 10 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
RUS-251 Conversation and Phonetics 9 2017/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
RUS-253 Composition 7 2016/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA
RUS-344 ST:Food in Russ Lit 7 2016/SP, 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-323 Russian Literature Since 1900 5 2017/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
RUS-372 Russian Literature to 1900 5 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
RUS-221 19th Cent Russian Lit 4 2018/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
RUS-321 19th Cent Russian Lit 4 2018/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
RUS-223 Russian Literature Since 1900 4 2017/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, and 2010/SP
CUR-100 Historical Perspective I 4 2008/FA
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
CUR-140 Biblical Tradition 2 2008/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
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 1 2010/FA
MLC-268 Career Exploration 1 2008/JN
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.