Petre Petrov

  • Visiting Assistant Professor


Education & Training

  • PhD, Russian Literature and Culture, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • MA, Russian Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • MA, Bulgarian Philology, Sofia University "Kliment Okhridski," 1997

Courses Taught

  • Stalinism: History, Ideology, Culture
  • Russian Cinema
  • Socialist Realism
  • The New Barbarians
  • Soviet Literature of the 1920s
  • Beginning and Intermediate Polish
  • Early Russian Culture (University of Pittsburgh)

Representative Publications

Automatic for the Masses: The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism, Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2015.

with Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (ed.). The Vernaculars of Socialism: Language, Power and Ideology in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015.

“Gorky’s Return and the Energetics of Soviet Socialism.” Studies in East European Thought 1 (2018), 41-60.

“Mixing Signs and Bones: John Deely’s Case for Global Semiosis.” Sign System Studies 4 (2013), 404-423.

“The Industry of Truing: Socialist Realism, Reality, Realization.” Slavic Review 4 (2011): 873-892.

Research Interests

  • Pre-and post-revolutionary Russian modernism(s)
  • Stalinist culture and socialist realism
  • Soviet language and ideology

Employment Since Graduation

Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (2015 - present)

Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University (Fall 2007 - 2014)

Post - Doctoral Fellow, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh (2009 - 2010)

Dissertation Title and Year

Laying Bare: The Fate of Authorship in Early Soviet Culture, 2006