Natalia Dame

Contact Information

E-mail: dame@usc.edu

Education

  • M.A. English, Lipetsk State Pedagogical University, 06/2001
  • M.A. Russian, University of Southern California, 08/2011


Employment History

  • Russian Language Resident, Pomona College, California, 2001 - 2003
  • Russian Teaching Assistant (Summer Intensive Language Program), Beloit College, Wisconsin, 2003 - 2003
  • English Language Instructor, Language Schools in Odessa, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Casablanca, Morocco; Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana; Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 2003 - 2007
  • English Language Instructor, Rice University, Texas, 2007 - 2009
  • Assistant Lecturer, Intermediate Russian I, USC, 2010
  • Assistant Lecturer, Beginning Russian II, USC, 2011
  • Assistant Lecturer, Intermediate Russian I, USC, 2011-2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Metamorphoses: Humans and other Terrestrial Beings, USC, 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Symbols and Conceptual Systems: Thematic Option Honors Program, USC, 2013

Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • My dissertation reassesses the "martyr-heroine" mythology in Russian literary portrayals of the feminine in late nineteenth-century Realism, the early-twentieth century Symbolism, and the émigré modernist works of Vladimir Nabokov. In particular, it examines the "martyr-heroine" concept as both a breaking point and a missing link between familial Realist, mythical Symbolist, and eclectic Nabokovian representations of the feminine. By approaching the modern Russian feminine as an integrated and continuous force in Russian culture rather than a set of unrelated Realist, Symbolist, or Modernist female characters, this study opens a new venue for the discussion of the feminine as a flexible phenomenon, neither limited to literary types nor enclosed by literary movements.

Research Keywords


  • Russian revolutionary culture, terrorism, the "martyr-heroine," the Woman Question, the "strong woman," the Eternal Feminine, Femme Fatales, the nymphet, Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-1906, Nabokov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Korolenko, Polonsky, Stepniak-Kravchinsky, Solov'ev, Artsybashev, Blok, Zasulich, the trial of the Fifty, Bardina, Figner, Perovskaia, the concept of the feminine, female violence, prostitution, martyrdom, sacrifice, Realist female tropes, saints, nihilists, Nicholas II, censorship


Conference Presentations

  • AATSEEL, Vancouver, Canada, 1/2015
  • ASEEES, San Antonio, TX, 11/2014
  • ACTFL, 11/2014
  • USC 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium , 4/2014
  • ASEEES, Boston, MA, 11/2013
  • AATSEEL, Boston, MA, 1/2013
  • ASEEES, New Orleans, LA, 11/2012
  • Canadian Association of Slavists, University of Waterloo, Canada, 5/2012
  • AATSEEL, Seattle, WA, 1/2012
  • California Slavic Colloquium, Stanford University, 4/2011
  • AATSEEL, Pasadena, CA, 1/2011
  • Canadian Association of Slavists, Montreal, QC , 5/2010
  • California Slavic Colloquium, USC , 4/2010

Other Presentations


  • "Russia in Distress or the Tortured Virgins in the Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-1906", AATSEEL Conference, Vancouver, Canada, Spring 2015   
  • "A Little Boy or a Pine Cone: The Portrayal of Nicholas II in the Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-1906", ASEEES Conference , San Antonio, TX, Fall 2014   
  • "Using Russian Songs to Reinforce Textbook Vocabulary and Grammar", ACTFL Conference, San Antonio, TX, Fall 2014   
  • "Russia in Distress or the Tortured Virgins in the Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-1906 ", USC 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, USC, Los Angeles, Spring 2014   
  • "Pastoral Space as an Epic Stand-in in the Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel", ASEEES Conference, Boston, MA, Fall 2013   
  • "Teaching Through Games: Let the Fun Begin", AATSEEL Conference, Boston, MA, Spring 2013   
  • "Using Czech Fairy-Tales to Teach Literacy Skills", AATSEEL Conference, Boston, MA, Spring 2013   
  • "The Making of a Righteous Man in Leskov’s "Figura"", ASEEES Conference, New Orleans, LA, Fall 2012   
  • "Invariance in Zoshchenko’s Rasskazy o Lenine or Have You Passed the Carafe Test?", CAS Conference, University of Waterloo, Canada, Spring 2012   
  • "Using Czech Songs to Reinforce Textbook Vocabulary and Grammar", AATSEEL Conference, Seattle, Washington, Spring 2012   
  • "Why is Sharikov Dead or The Fate of Creatures in Frankenstein and Heart of a Dog", AATSEEL Conference, Seattle, Washington, Spring 2012   
  • "Censorship and the Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-06: The Battle for Freedom of Speech", AATSEEL Conference, Pasadena, California, Spring 2011   
  • "Sterile Encounters in Pushkin’s Evgenii Onegin", California Slavic Colloquium, Stanford University, California, Spring 2011   
  • "The Search for Female Identity in the Fictional Diaries by Lidiia Zinov’eva-Annibal and Valery Briusov", CAS Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, Fall 2010   
  • "The Case of Nikita Firsov", California Slavic Colloquium, USC, Los Angeles, Spring 2010   

Publications

  • Book Review
    Dame, N. V. (2010). Kukulin, I., M. Lipovetskii, and M Maiofis, eds. Veselye chelovechki: Kul'turnye geroi sovetskogo detstva. Slavic and East European Journal. pp. 383-384.
     
    Journal Article
    Dame, N. (2015). The Search for Narrative Control: Music and Female Sexuality in Tolstoy’s "Family Happiness" and "The Kreutzer Sonata". Ulbandus Review. Vol. 16
     
    Newspaper
    Dame, N. V. (2013). Using Czech Fairy Tales to Teach Literacy Skills. Czech Language News. pp. 2-6. PubMed Web Address
     

Guest Lectures in Courses


  • Russian Thought and Civilization: The Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-1906 - Nicholas II vs. Maiden Russia. This lecture examines visual portrayals of Nicholas II and women as Mother Russia in the Satirical Journals of 1905-1906. It is based on my analysis of visual references to the tsar and female representations from 144 journals (277 issues). I contextualize these images within the paratext created by the satirical press during the time of political and cultural instability, 04/22/2015  


Honors and Awards

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2015-2016   
  • Summer Research Grant, Graduate Studies Committee of CSLC, USC, 6/1/2015-8/31/2015  
  • 2014 USC Libraries Research Award (First Place), 2014-2015   
  • Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Studies Committee of CSLC, USC, Fall 2014   
  • Gold Family Fellowship, 6/1/2014-8/31/2014  
  • Summer Research Grant, Graduate Studies Committee of CSLC, USC, 6/1/2014-8/31/2014  
  • Bing Arnold Endowed Fellowship, 2013-2014   
  • Conference Travel Grant, USC Graduate Student Government, Spring 2014   
  • Round Two Finalist at USC 6th Graduate Research Symposium , Spring 2014   
  • Conference Travel Grant, USC Graduate Student Government, Spring 2013   
  • Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Studies Committee of CSLC, USC, Fall 2012   
  • SSRC Eurasia Program Title VIII 2012 Workshop in Quantitative Methods at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 6/14/2012-6/19/2012  
  • Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Studies Committee of CSLC, USC , Spring 2012   
  • Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Studies Committee of CSLC, USC, Fall 2011   
  • Intensive Czech Language Course Grant, Spring 2011   
  • STARTALK grant to attend a two-week STARTALK seminar in Second Language and Immersion Methodologies in Concordia Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota, 6/27/2010-7/10/2010  
  • Conference Travel Grant, Slavic Department, USC, Spring 2010   
  • Government of Russian Federation stipend. Lipetsk State Pedagogical University, Russia, 2000-2001   
  • United States Information Agency fellowship for study at Pomona College, California, 1998-1999   
  • United States Information Agency fellowship for study at American Fork High School, Utah, 1995-1996   

Service to the Profession


Professional Memberships


  • The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS), 2013-2015  
  • The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), 2011-2014  
  • The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 2011-2014  
  • Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS), 2010-2014  

Review Panels


  • 2012 AATSEEL conference, SLA and Pedagogy Division, Fall 2011   

Other Service to the Profession


  • Worked as a research assistant to Professor Sarah Pratt, Slavic Department, USC, 2013-2014   
  • Organized Russian thematic lunches such as Russian Weddings, Russian Superstitions, Russian Folk Songs, Russian Dances, and Russian Customs, 2010-2011   
  • Attended bi-weekly teacher training workshops hosted by the Slavic Department at USC , 2010-2011   
  • Bibliography editor for Working Group for Studying Russian Children's Literature and Culture. For further information see http://www.wgrclc.com/contact-us/, Spring 2011   
  • Attended USC Language Teacher Training Program for Assistant Lecturers, Fall 2010