Dr. Ona Renner-Fahey

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Dr. Ona Renner-Fahey

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Liberal Arts 316

University of Montana

(406) 243-4602


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2002

M.A., Middlebury College, 1994

B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1991

Mythologies of Poetic Creation in Twentieth-Century Russian Verse (Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Joseph Brodsky, Olga Sedakova). Advisor: Dr. Angela K. Brintlinger.
University of Montana

Assistant Professor, 2003-present

The Ohio State University

Senior Lecturer, Spring Quarter 2002

Ohio Wesleyan University

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Spring Semester 2002

Instructor, Autumn Semester 2000 through Autumn Semester 2001

Elementary Russian Language

Introduction to Russian Literature (in translation)

20th-Century Major Russian Authors (in Russian)

Post-Thaw Literature (in Russian)

Literature between the Wars (in Russian)

“The Camps” through Russian and Polish Memoir and Film (in translation)

Article: “Anthropomorphisms of Fear in 20th-Century Russian and American Prose (Fyodor Sologub, Tatyana Tolstaya, Toni Morrison, and Don Delillo).”
Article: “Memoirs of a Dutiful Son: Nadezhda Durova’s Self-Presentation in The Cavalry Maiden.”

Dryzhakova, Elena. “Madness as a Humanitarian Problem in Dostoevsky’s The Double.” (Translation.) In Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture (Forthcoming).
Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture (Entries on Anna Akhmatova, Olga Sedakova, Elena Shvarts, and the Russian Nobel Prize winners.) (November 2006).
Book Review of Ute Stock’s The Ethics of the Poet: Marina Tsvetaeva’s Art in the Light of Conscience. (Book Review in Slavic and East European Journal)England: Maney Publishing, 2005 (Summer 2006).
Book Review of Marina Tsvetaeva’s Milestones: A Bilingual Edition. Trans. Robin Kemball. Evanston:

Northwestern UP, 2003. In Slavic and East European Journal 48.3 (2005).

In Praise of Aphrodite: Translation of and Interpretive Essay on Marina Tsvetaeva’s Poetic Cycle.” In The Silver Age Journal, 5 (2002), 13-19.
“Tsvetaeva’s Image through Symbolic Verse Biography.” In A Festschrift to Leon Twarog: Working Papers in Slavic Studies, vol. 1 (Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, 2001), 255-283.
“The Contemporary American Poet Jim Harrison and his Letters to Esenin.” (In Russian.) In Russia and USA: Forms of Literary Dialogue. (Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities, 2000), 54-62.

“Mourning the Wood-Sprite: Modernist Nostalgia for a Lost Spirit World.” National Convention AAASS Washington, D.C. (November 16-19th).

“Fear Personified in DeLillo’s The Body Artist and Krall’s The Dybbuk.”

Definitions of the Real in Prose and Poetry (American, British, and Polish literature). Wroclaw,

Poland. (May 6-7, 2006). Sponsored by the U.S.-Polish Fulbright Commission.

“Anthropomorphisms of Fear in Tolstaya’s The Slynx and DeLillo’s The Body Artist.”

National Convention of AAASS. Salt Lake City, Utah (November 3-6, 2005).

“Memoirs of a Dutiful Son: Nadezhda Durova’s Self-Presentation in The Cavalry Maiden.” Rocky Mountain Western Slavic Association, Regional Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico (April 2005).
“Joseph Brodsky and Poetic Inspiration.” College of Arts and Sciences Graduate and Faculty Research Conference, University of Montana (April 2004).
“Olga Sedakova’s Poetic Inspiration.” National Convention of AATSEEL, New York (December 2002).
“‘Mne chasto snitsia’: Olga Sedakova’s Poetic Impulse.” Midwest AAASS Conference, Bowling Green University (March 2002).
“Inspired at the Omniprtesent Window: Akhmatova’s Mythology of Poetic Creation.” National Convention of AATSEEL, New Orleans (December 2001).
“‘Tainstvennyi pesennyi dar’: Poetic Creation in Early Akhmatova.” Midwest AAASS Conference, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2001).
“‘Shum stikhotvorstva’: Osip Mandelstam’s Mythology of Poetic Creation.” National Convention of AATSEEL, Washington D.C. (December 2000).
“The Contemporary American Poet Jim Harrison and his Letters to Esenin.” (In Russian.) The International Conference of Young Scholars: “Russia and the USA: Forms of Literary Dialogue,” Moscow: Russia (April 1999).
University of Montana Merit Award for Above Average in Teaching and Service (Covering the years 2003-2005).

Visiting Scholar Faculty Development Grant ($1500) from the Office of the Provost. Awarded to bring Documentarian Marina Goldovskaya to campus (2006)

Participant, “Using Technology in the Second Language Classroom,” Summer Institute at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota (August 2002)

Associate, Summer Research Laboratory, University of Illinois (July 2002)

Participant, “Russian Language and Culture through Visual Media,” Teacher’s Workshop, Presented by Dr. Thomas J. Garza, The Ohio State University (April 2001)

Advisor, Russian Club, University of Montana (2003-present)

Program Director, Russian Section’s Study Abroad

Organizer, Russian Section Website

Committee Member:

Library Committee (2003-present)

Curriculum Committee (2003-present)

Research Standards Committee (2005-present)

Francophone Position Search Committee (2006)

Faculty Member, Central and Southwest Asian Studies Program (2003-present)

Advisor, Eastern European Club, Ohio Wesleyan University (2001-2003)

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Russian (Near-Native Fluency)

Polish, French, Spanish (Working Knowledge)

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