Boris (Rodin) Maslov

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

Boris Maslov’s principal research interests are in Ancient Greek literature, literary theory, historical semantics, and comparative metrics. His current projects include a book on myth and plot (mostly) in Attic tragedy, articles on aesthetic republicanism, and a comparative statistical analysis of prosodic features of Ancient Greek verse and prose.

Courses taught at the UiO

  • Lecture courses: Ancient Literature in Translation, Classical Rhetoric

  • 5-point undergraduate courses: Homer, Attic prose 1 and 2, Cicero, Latin lyric, Archaic Greek lyric                  

  • 10-point undergraduate courses: Greek epic, Greek drama, Greek historians, Horace, Seneca, Greek Grammar 1

  • MA-level courses: Paleography and textual criticism, Archaic Greek Lyric, Ancient Theories of Literature, Historical Semantics, Hellenistic Poetry, Philology as a Way of Life (with R. Rubini), Αdvanced Greek Prose Composition (=Greek grammar 3) 

Background

  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
  • B.A. Classical Languages, University of California, Berkeley (2003)
  • B.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley (2003) 
  • Boris Maslov is one of the founding members of the Historical Poetics Working Group. More information available on the HPWG website: https://sites.google.com/view/historicalpoetics.
  • Since 2020, Professor Maslov has contributed online courses to Free Moscow University.
Tags: Classics, Literature, Poetry, Greek, Latin

Publications

Books

  • Pindar and the Emergence of Literature. Сambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, co-edited with Ilya Kliger. New York: Fordham University Press (Series “Verbal Arts: Studies in Poetics”), 2016.
  • Poniatiia, idei, konstruktsii: ocherki sravnitel’noi istoricheskoi semantiki [Concepts, ideas, constructions: essays in comparative historical semantics], co-edited with Yury Kagarlitskiy and Dmitri Kalugin. Moscow: NLO, 2019.

Selected articles and book chapters

  • “Republican Liberty and the Pindaric Genealogy of Modern Abstractions.” Contributions to the History of Concepts 14.1 (2019): 42-65.
  • with Tatiana Nikitina. “Rhyme in European Verse: A Case for Quantitative Historical Poetics.” Comparative Literature 71.2 (2019): 194-212.
  • “Konstruktsii dostoinstva: russkoe slovo i poniatie v sravnitel’noi perspektive.” [Constructions of dostoinstvo: the Russian word and concept in a comparative perspective.] In: Zhit’ s dostoinstvom, ed. O. V. Kharkhordin, 14-41. St. Petersburg: European University Press, 2019.
  • “Lyric Universality,” Cambridge Companion to World Literature, ed. by B. Etherington and J. Zimbler. P. 133–148. Cambridge: CUP, 2018.
  • “Zrelishche nachal i kontsov: tragediia v teoreticheskoi optike O. M. Freidenberg” [Gazing at the beginnings and the ends: tragedy in the theoretical optics of O. M. Freidenberg], Arbor Mundi/Mirovoe drevo: International Journal of Theory and History of World Culture 24 (2018) = Vestnik RGGU 36: 98-137.
  • “How to Murder a Work of Art: Philology, Historical Poetics, and the Morphological Method.” Poetics Today 38: 3 (2017): 485-518 (special issue “Historical Poetics in Theory”).
  • “The Children of Mnemosyne: a contrastive metapoetics of Pindar and Bacchylides.” Philologia Classica 11.2 (2016) 223-243.  
  • “The Genealogy of the Muses: an internal reconstruction of Archaic Greek metapoetics.” American Journal of Philology 137.3 (2016): 411-47.
  • “Metapragmatics, Toposforschung, Marxist Stylistics: Three Extensions of Veselovsky’s Historical Poetics.” In Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, ed. I. Kliger and B. Maslov, 128-162. New York: Fordham UP, 2016.
  • with Ilya Kliger, “Introducing Historical Poetics: History, Experience, Form.” In Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, ed. I. Kliger and B. Maslov, 1-36. New York: Fordham UP, 2016.
  • with Tatiana Nikitina. “Verse structure and literary tradition: Correlating rhyme and stress in the Onegin stanza.” Style 49.4 (2015): 439-469.
  • “Why Republics Always Fail: Pondering Feofan Prokopovich’s poetics of absolutism.” ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies 2 (2014) 24-46.
  • “The dialect basis of choral lyric and the history of poetic languages in Archaic Greece.” Symbolae Osloenses 87 (2013): 1-29.
  • “Comparative Literature and Revolution, or the Many Arts of (Mis)Reading Alexander Veselovsky.” Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature 2008 [2013] 2: 101-129.
  • with Tatiana Nikitina. “Redefining constructio praegnans: on the variation between allative and locative expressions in Ancient Greek.” Journal of Greek Linguistics 13 (2013) 103-141.
  • “Pindaric temporality, Goethe’s Augenblick, and the invariant plot of Tiutchev’s lyric” Comparative Literature 64.4 (2012) 356-381.
  • Oikeiōsis pros theon: Gregory of Nazianzus and the heteronomous subject of Eastern Christian penance.” Journal of Ancient Christianity/Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 16.2 (2012) 309-341.
  • “The limits of Platonism: Gregory of Nazianzus and the invention of theōsis.” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 52 (2012) 440-468.
  • “The real life of the genre of prooimion.Classical Philology 107.3 (2012) 191-205.
  • “From (theogonic) mythos to (poetic) logos: reading Pindar’s genealogical metaphors after Freidenberg.” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 12.1 (2012) 49-77.
  • “The metrical evidence for pre-Mycenaean hexameter epic reconsidered.” Indoevropeiskoe iazykoznanie i klassicheskaia filologiia XV (2011) 376-389.
  • “The semantics of ἀοιδός and related compounds: Towards a historical poetics of solo performance in Archaic Greece.” Classical Antiquity 28.1 (2009) 1-38.

Translations and other

  • Introductory note and translation: Sergei Averintsev, “Toward an Interpretation of the Symbolism of the Oedipus Myth (1972),” in Arion 29.2 (2021): 99-123.
  • Translations (into English) of A. N. Veselovsky, “From the Introduction to Historical Poetics” and “The  Age of Sensibility”; O. M. Freidenberg, “Oresteia in the Odyssey”, M. L. Gasparov, “Columbus’ egg, or the structure of the novella.” In Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, 39-64, 165-171, 255-273.
  • Translation (into English) of V. M. Zhivov, “Conceptual History, Cultural History, Social History.” ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies 2 (2014) 1-15.
  • Ed., with an introductory note, A. N. Veselovsky, “Envisioning World Literature in 1863: From the Reports on a Mission Abroad,” translation by Jennifer Flaherty. PMLA 128.2 (2013) 439-451.
  • Maslov, Boris (2020). “Gnyozda klochnei i rokovye retsidivy: k istoricheskoi poetike realisticheskikh siuzhetov”. In Kliger, Ilya; Vdovin, Aleksei; Ospovat, Kirill & Vaisman, Margarita (Ed.), Russkii realism XIX veka: obshchestvo, znanie, povestvovanie [Russian 19th c. realism: society, knowledge, narration]. Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. ISSN 978-5-4448-1239-6. p. 522–558.
  • Maslov, Boris (2020). Review of The Joy of Recognition: Selected Essays of Omry Ronen, ed. by Barry P. Scherr and Michael Wachtel. Die Welt der Slaven: Internationale Halbjahresschrift für Slavistik. ISSN 0043-2520. 65(2), p. 400–407.
  • Maslov, Boris (2019). “ ‘Zhilishche tishiny preobratilos’ v ad’: o sud’be starorezhimnykh poniatii v Novoe vremia” (“‘The peaceful quiet’s abode transformed to hell’: on the modern fate of old régime concepts”). In Kalugin, Dmitri; Kagarlitskiy, Yuri & Maslov, Boris (Ed.), Понятия, идеи, конструкции : очерки сравнительной исторической семантики / Poni︠a︡tii︠a︡, idei, konstrukt︠s︡ii : ocherki sravnitelʹnoĭ istoricheskoĭ semantiki. (Concepts, ideas, constructions: studies in comparative historical semantics.). Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. ISSN 9785444811054. p. 324–373.
  • Maslov, Boris (2019). Republican liberty and the Pindaric genealogy of modern abstractions. Contributions to the History of Concepts. ISSN 1807-9326. 14(1), p. 42–65. doi: 10.3167/choc.2019.140103.
  • Maslov, Boris & Nikitina, Tatiana (2019). Rhyme in European verse: A case for quantitative historical poetics. Comparative Literature. ISSN 0010-4124. 71(2), p. 194–212. doi: 10.1215/00104124-7339149. Full text in Research Archive
  • Maslov, Boris (2018). Lyric Universality. In Etherington, Ben & Zimbler, Jarad (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to World Literature. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 9781108613354. p. 133–148.
  • Maslov, Boris (2018). “Zrelishche nachal i kontsov: tragediia v teoreticheskoi optike O. M. Freidenberg” [Gazing at the beginnings and the ends: tragedy in the theoretical optics of O. M. Freidenberg]. Вестник РГГУ. ISSN 2073-6355. 36, p. 98–137. doi: 10.28995/2073-6355-2018-3-98-137. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Kalugin, Dmitri; Kagarlitskiy, Yuri & Maslov, Boris (2019). Понятия, идеи, конструкции : очерки сравнительной исторической семантики / Poni︠a︡tii︠a︡, idei, konstrukt︠s︡ii : ocherki sravnitelʹnoĭ istoricheskoĭ semantiki. (Concepts, ideas, constructions: studies in comparative historical semantics.). Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. ISBN 9785444811054. 443 p.

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  • Maslov, Boris (2022). Review of T. Hodge, Hunting Nature: Ivan Turgenev and the Organic World (Ithaca, 2020) Russian Review 81.1 (2022): 147-148. Russian Review. ISSN 0036-0341. 81(1), p. 147–148.
  • Maslov, Boris (2021). Introductory note and translation: Sergei Averintsev, “Toward an Interpretation of the Symbolism of the Oedipus Myth (1972),” in Arion 29.2 (2021): 99-123. Introductory note on pp. 99-102. Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics. ISSN 0095-5809. 29(2), p. 99–102.
  • Maslov, Boris (2019). “Archaic Truth.”. In Kalugin, Dmitri; Kagarlitskiy, Yuri & Maslov, Boris (Ed.), Понятия, идеи, конструкции : очерки сравнительной исторической семантики / Poni︠a︡tii︠a︡, idei, konstrukt︠s︡ii : ocherki sravnitelʹnoĭ istoricheskoĭ semantiki. (Concepts, ideas, constructions: studies in comparative historical semantics.). Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. ISSN 9785444811054. p. 89–117.
  • Maslov, Boris & Nikitina, Tatiana (2019). “Comment let mots changent de sens”. In Kalugin, Dmitri; Kagarlitskiy, Yuri & Maslov, Boris (Ed.), Понятия, идеи, конструкции : очерки сравнительной исторической семантики / Poni︠a︡tii︠a︡, idei, konstrukt︠s︡ii : ocherki sravnitelʹnoĭ istoricheskoĭ semantiki. (Concepts, ideas, constructions: studies in comparative historical semantics.). Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. ISSN 9785444811054. p. 39–85.
  • Maslov, Boris & Kagarlitskiy, Yuri (2019). “Mezhdu Frege i Fuko: metodologicheskie orientiry istoricheskoi semantiki” (“Between Frege and Foucault: points of methodological orientation for historical semantics”). In Kalugin, Dmitri; Kagarlitskiy, Yuri & Maslov, Boris (Ed.), Понятия, идеи, конструкции : очерки сравнительной исторической семантики / Poni︠a︡tii︠a︡, idei, konstrukt︠s︡ii : ocherki sravnitelʹnoĭ istoricheskoĭ semantiki. (Concepts, ideas, constructions: studies in comparative historical semantics.). Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. ISSN 9785444811054. p. 9–38.
  • Maslov, Boris (2019). “Konstruktsii dostoinstva: russkoe slovo i poniatie v sravnitel’noi perspektive.” [Constructions of dostoinstvo: the Russian word and concept in a comparative perspective.] , Zhit' s dostoinstvom. European University at St. Petersburg. ISSN 9785943802775. p. 14–41.

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