Sally Pratt

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Sally Pratt
Email Office DMC 330A Office Phone (213) 740-9033


  • Ph.D. Russian Literature, Columbia University, 12/1978
  • M.A. Russian Literature, Columbia University, 5/1975
  • B.A. Russian Studies, Yale University, 5/1972
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Assisant/Associate/Full Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1980 –
    • Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, 09/01/1977 – 05/30/1980
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Sally (Sarah) Pratt’s primary interests lie in the fields of poetry and cultural relations. She is the author of three books: Nikolai Zabolotsky: Enigma and Cultural Paradigm published by Northwestern UP, Russian Metaphysical Romanticism: The Poetry of Tiutchev and Boratynskii, Stanford UP; and The Semantics of Chaos in Tjutcev, Sagner Verlag. She has published a number of articles on the Russian critic Lidia Ginzburg, and on Russian women’s autobiography focusing on Lidia Ginzburg, Nadezhda Mandel’shtam, and Lidia Chukovskaia. Her most recent articles are “Pushkin Framing Mary: Blasphemy, Beauty and National Identity,” in Framing Mary: The Mother of God in Modern Russian Culture, forthcoming from Northern Illinois UP; “Back to the Future: Russian Avant-Garde Poets, Church Fathers, and Imagined Icons,” in Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity, Penn State UP, 2010; and “In-Betweenness as a Device: Notes on Lidiia Ginzburg with Digressions on Barthes and Foucault,” in Festschrift in Honor of Stanley Rabinowitz, Slavica, forthcoming 2015. Her current project continues the study of imagined icons in 20th-century poetry.

  • Book

    • Pratt, S. (2000). Nikolai Zabolotsky: Enigma and Cultural Paradigm. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.
    • Pratt, S. (1984). Russian Metaphysical Romanticism: The Poetry of Tiutchev and Boratynskii. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
    • Pratt, S. (1983). The Semantics of Chaos in Tjutcev. Munich: Sagner Verlag.
    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2007-2008
  • Administrative Appointments

    • Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, 2010 –
    • Director of Faculty Development for Humanities, 2008 –
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