Boris (Rodin) Maslov
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.
- 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.
- 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  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