Boris (Rodin) Maslov

Associate Professor
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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, comparative metrics, historical semantics, and literary theory. His current projects include a book on emplotment in Attic tragedy and a series of articles on comparative statistical analysis of prosodic features of Ancient Greek verse and prose.

Courses taught

  • Archaic Greek lyric (MA level)


  • 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) 
  • Professor Maslov is one of the founding members of the Historical Poetics Working Group. Among collective publications of the HPWG is a special cluster on Historical Poetics published in Poetics Today in 2017.
  • Since 2016, Boris Maslov has been a Senior Research Fellow in a project on “Reconstructive Poetics” at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg.


Tags: Classics, Literature, Poetry



  • 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, Forthcoming with NLO (Moscow), 2019.

Selected articles and book chapters

  • with Tatiana Nikitina. “Rhyme in European Verse: A Case for Quantitative Historical Poetics.” Forthcoming in Comparative Literature.
  • “Lyric Universality,” Forthcoming in Cambridge Companion to World Literature, ed. by B. Etherington and J. Zimbler. Cambridge: CUP, 2018.
  • “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

  • 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 (2019). Republican liberty and the Pindaric genealogy of modern abstractions. Contributions to the History of Concepts.  ISSN 1807-9326.  14(1), s 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), s 194- 212 . doi: 10.1215/00104124-7339149
  • Maslov, Boris (2018). Lyric Universality, In Ben Etherington & Jarad Zimbler (ed.),  The Cambridge Companion to World Literature.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108613354.  Chapter 8.  s 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, s 98- 137 . doi: 10.28995/2073-6355-2018-3-98-137
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