Libet Chang

Contact Information



  • BA University of Rochester, 05/2009

Employment History

  • Managing Editor, Journal of Undergraduate Research, University of Rochester, 2007 - 2009
  • Teaching Assistant, "Russian Thought and Civilization", University of Southern California, 2011
  • Research Assistant, Russian 1905 Satirical Journals project and exhibition ("Demonocracy: How all Hell Breaks Loose in 1905 Russia"), University of Southern California, 2011 - 2011


Summary Statement of Research Interests

  • My research interests revolve around 18th and 19th century Russian literature. Of particular interest is the evolution of Russian literature throughout the 18th century and the development of the Russian novel. More specifically, my research interests deal with the question of Western (European) influence upon Russian literature, how 18th century Russian literature has interacted with the literature of the West, and the impact that such an interaction has had not only on the early Russian novel, but also on 19th century writers such as Dostoevsky. I consider such literary "dialogue" to be of crucial importance when examining the changes that have taken place in Russian literature and also within Russia's national identity.

Research Keywords

  • "Europeanization" of Russian literature. 18th and 19th century Russian literature. Start of the Russian novel.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

  • Senior Thesis, "War of Discourses: The Problem of Language and Identity in Dostoevsky's 'Poor Folk'". Discusses the importance of readership in the novel and Dostoevsky's use of the epistolary genre., 2008-2009   

Honors and Awards

  • 2nd place, 2009 ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest, 2008-2009   
  • Mildren Burton Award for Excellence, 2008-2009