Andrew Meraz-Quiroz, GS, SLA

Social Impact Fellow

Andrew works primarily on Russian prose of the 20th century and is especially interested in the forms and functions of short-form prose. He received a B.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Bard College. His senior thesis explored and elaborated on Soviet author Varlam Shalamov’s claim that he was himself the heir to the Pushkinian tradition. Soon after, Andrew received an A.M. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. In his master’s essay, he laid the groundwork for a psychoanalytic model for the study of literature based on the thinking of the British psychoanalyst, Wilfred R. Bion, a task accomplished in part by the comparison of Honoré de Balzac’s Le Colonel Chabert and Yuri Tynianov’s Podporuchik Kizhe.

His scholarly interests also include, among others, the development of the Russian novel, its initial reliance on and eventual departure from Western models (in particular, the French novel), and Russian and Soviet imperialism. He works in English, Russian, and French.