Russell Scott Valentino

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Russell Scott Valentino (born 1962) is an American author, literary scholar, translator, and editor. Currently, he is a professor of Slavic and comparative literature, and serves as Associate Dean for International Affairs, at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Life and Career[edit]

Russell Scott Valentino was born and raised in central California. He attended California State University, Fresno, majoring in English and Russian, then went to graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures[1], with a focus on the Russian nineteenth century. He has published seven book-length literary translations (from Italian, Russian, and Croatian), two scholarly monographs, three co-edited collections of essays, and numerous articles and essays. He served as Editor-in-Chief at the Iowa Review from 2009 to 2013, as President of the American Literary Translators Association from 2013 to 2016, and as chair of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures[2] at Indiana University from 2013 to 2016.


Scholarly Monographs[edit]

Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel[3] (2001) explores genre mixing in works by Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and Maksim Gorky.

The Woman in the Window: Commerce, Consensual Fantasy, and the Quest for Masculine Virtue in the Russian Novel (2014)[4] examines the historical construction of virtue and its relation to the rapidly shifting economic context in modern Russia.


Co-edited Collections and Special Issues[edit]

Discoveries: New Writing from the Iowa Review, edited with Erica Mena[12]

The Man Between: Michael Henry Heim & A Life in Translation, edited with Esther Allen and Sean Cotter[13]

Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry Special Issue on Rhetoric and Translation, with Jacoby Emery, Sibelan Forrestor, and Tomislav Kuzmanović[14]

Awards and Fellowships[edit]

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Award (1999-2000)

National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Award (2002)

Long-list Nominee for the International Dublin Literary Award (2005)

Howard Foundation[15] Award for Literary Translation (2005)

National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Award (2010)

National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Award (2016)

PEN/Heim Translation Award (2016)


  1. ^ "Home - UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures". UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  2. ^ "Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures: Indiana University". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  3. ^ "Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  4. ^ Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2014
  5. ^ 1935-, Tomizza, Fulvio (2000). Materada : Fulvio Tomizza ; translated from the Italian and with a foreword by Russell Scott Valentino. Valentino, Russell Scott, 1962-. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press. ISBN 9780810117594. OCLC 42717769.
  6. ^ New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004
  7. ^ New York and Budapest: Central European University Press, 2005
  8. ^ Iowa City: Autumn Hill Books, 2005
  9. ^ Iowa City: Autumn Hill Books, 2006
  10. ^ Iowa City, Autumn Hill Books, 2007
  11. ^ London: Reaktion Books, 2007
  12. ^ "Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review | The Iowa Review". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  13. ^ Rochester: Open Letter Books, 2014
  14. ^ "Poroi | Vol 13 | Iss 1". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  15. ^ "Home | George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation". Retrieved 2018-02-25.