Ben Hooyman

Ben Hooyman


M.Phil. Columbia University, Slavic Language and Literature with Czech Minor (2019)

M.A. Middlebury College (through Russian State University for the Humanities), Russian Language and Culture (2016)

B.S. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Russian Language and Culture (2014)

Additional Information

Russian Overseas Flagship Program, UW-Madison in collaboration with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2014 - 2015)

The Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian, Middlebury College (Summer 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Areas of Interest

20th and 21st-century Russian Literature

Russian Silver Age / Modernist Poetics

The Grotesque Formed through Embodiments of Word and Idea

Role of Literary Devices in Conceptions of Genre

Modern Reworkings of Folktales, Biblical Stories, and Apocrypha

Selected Conference Presentations

Russian 'Novorealism': Grotesque as a Device in Pre-Revolutionary Russian Literature, AATSEEL (February, 2020)

The Wing-Clipped Phoenix: The Self-Reflective Grotesque of Konstantin Vaginov’s Goat Song, NESEEES (March, 2019)

Daniil Kharms: The Aestheticization of Violence in the Prosaic Construction of the Absurd, Oxford Postgraduate Symposium on The Writing and Screening of Violence in Russian Culture (May, 2017)

Soviet Photoshop: The Failure of Photographic Fact in the Stalinist Era, Middlebury Graduate Symposium (August, 2017)

Kharms’s The Old Woman: Textual Analysis through the Lens of the Author’s Philosophical and Religious Treatises of the Late 1930s, Middlebury Graduate Symposium (August, 2016)

Courses Taught

Gulag Literature, Spring 2020 (Teaching Assistant for Holly Myers)

Slavic Cultures, Fall 2019 (Teaching Assistant for Alan Timberlake)

Second-Year Russian, Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

First-Year Russian, Fall 2017 – Spring 2018


Russian, Czech, German (reading knowledge), Old Church Slavonic (reading knowledge)