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Gordana Crnkovic

Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media

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(206) 543-7641
Box: 354335
A212 Padelford
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by appointment


Ph.D., Stanford University, 1993

I am primarily interested in the aesthetic and formal qualities of literature and film, and my work strives to reveal how the art works achieve relevance and importance for readers and viewers of different times and places. My training is in comparative literature, philosophy, and film studies. While mostly focused on Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav production, I have also written on East European, American, and English literature and film. My book Imagined Dialogues: East European Literature in Conversation with American and English Literature (Northwestern, 2000), creates “imagined dialogues” between literary works—such as the one between a collection of stories A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Yugoslav Danilo Kiš and Silence by American avant-garde artist John Cage, or the one between stories in This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Polish author Tadeusz Borowski and a novel The Remains of the Day by English Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro. Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film: Fires, Foundations, Flourishes (Bloomsbury, 2012, 2014), explores literature and film made in the wake of the violence that tore Yugoslavia apart in the early 1990s. I am also a co-editor of two volumes on popular culture and film, and a writer and reader of texts for the experimental video Zagreb Everywhere.

My teaching often includes a seminar “The Novel: the 20th Century Favorites,” and a class on post-World War II East European literature. “East European Film in Comparative Perspective” course examines cinema of Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Yugoslav, or Romanian directors who moved to the “West” (such as Miloš Forman, Agnieszka Holland, István Szabó, etc.) and compares their production in the two places, and my “Cinema of Roman Polanski” class looks into the evolution of this director’s filmmaking over six decades. 


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Adjunct, Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

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