Dr. Brendan Mooney

Dr. Brendan Mooney

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Irvin Hall 135
mooneybg@MiamiOH.edu
(513) 529-2581

OFFICE HOURS

Spring '21 (202120)

Mondays: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Wednesdays: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Above meetings via Zoom
If you wish to meet any other time, send him an email to set up an appointment.

 


EDUCATION

2019 - Ph.D. - University of South Carolina, Comparative Literature
Dissertation Title: "Between Holy Russia and a Monkey: Darwin's Russian Literary and Philosophical Critics"

2018 - M.A. - Middlebury Language School, Russian
Thesis Title: "Pobeda Klimenta Timiriazeva kak perevodchika Darvina"

2015 - M.A. - University of South Carolina, Comparative Literature
Thesis Title: "Making the Irrational Rational: Nietzsche and the Problem of Knowledge in Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita." 

2012 - B.A. - University of South Carolina, French and Russian, cum laude

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Darwinism 

COURSES TAUGHT AT MIAMI

  • RUS 101: Beginner's Russian
  • RUS 102: Beginner's Russian
  • RUS 137: Russian Folklore
  • RUS 255: Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in English Translation 
  • RUS 256: Russian Literature: Tolstoy to Nabokov

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Resource Development Grant, University of South Carolina, 2019.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Between Holy Russia and a Monkey (work in progress)
  • "Of Bulldogs, Barren Virgins, and Forms Most Beautiful: Kliment Timiriazev's Legacy as a Darwinist Translator." (work in progress)

Articles

  • Article on the history of the translation of Darwin's "natural selection" into Russian (work in progress)

PRESENTATIONS

  • "Dmitrii Pisarev's Economy of Nature: the Unexpected Evolution of a Darwinist." Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, Greenville, SC, March 2020. (Proposal submitted)
  • Roundtable participant on "Darwin's Reception in Russian." Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, San Francisco, CA, November 2019.
  • "Evoliutsiia: The Phylogeny of a Word in Russian." Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, Mobile, AL, March 2019.
  • "Vladimir Soloviev: The Incompatibility of Darwinian Evolution with Aesthetics in Late Nineteenth-century Russian Religious Philosophy." Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion/The American Academy of Religion, Greenville, NC, March 2019.
  • "Degeneration: The Evolution of a Term." Cultural Carolina Graduate Student Conference, Columbia, SC, March 2019.
  • "Strakhov on Darwinism: Progress, Chance, and Mechanism." Association for Slavic, Eat European, and Eurasian Studies, Boston, MA, December 2018.
  • "[Kliment A. Timiriazev's Victory as One of Charles Darwin's Translators] Pobeda Klimenta Timiriazeva kak perevodchika Darvina." Middlebury Language School, Russian School's Graduate Student Symposium, August 2018.
  • "Strakhov the Naturalist Cons Then Contras Darwin." Souther Conference on Slavic Studies, Charlotte, NC, March 2018.
  • "A Translator's Dilemma: Translating Darwin's 'Natural Selection' into Russian." Cultural Carolina Graduate Student Conference, Columbia, SC, March 2018.
  • "Tolstoy and Darwinian Biological Determinism." Souther Conference on Slavic Studies, Alexandria, VA, April 2017.
  • "Friedrich Nietzsche and Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita." Northeastern MLA, Hartford, CT, March 2016.
  • "[The influence of Reason on Subjectivity and the Perception of Reality in the Novel We] Vozdeistvie razuma na sub'eknivost' i vospriiatie deistvitel'nosti v roman My." Middlebury Language School, Russian School's Graduate Student Symposium, August 2015.
  • "Impossible Knowledge as Insanity or Hypnosis." Southern Conference on Slavic Literature, Lexington, KY, April 2015.

LANGUAGES 

Proficient in Russian and French
Reading knowledge of Portuguese