Ana Hedberg Olenina

ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
Durham Literature and Language Building, Rm 414D
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies
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TEMPE Campus
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Tempe Campus
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TEMPE Campus
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Biography

Ana Hedberg Olenina is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies at the School of International Letters and Cultures. Her teaching and research interests include 20th-century Russian literature and cinema, international film history, as well as film theory with an emphasis on media archeology, spectatorship, and performance. She is currently completing a book manuscript, entitled Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Russian and American Modernity. This study traces the ways in which early film directors, actors, and performance theorists used the psychological ideas of their time to conceptualize expressive movement and transference of emotion. Olenina's articles on the notion of gesture and embodiment, Russian Formalism, modern dance, and Soviet avant-garde cinema have appeared in journals such as Discourse, Film History, Apparatus, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski and several anthologies in the USA and Russia. She is a recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harvard Davis Center of Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, and the Soros Foundation-Open Society Institute.

Education

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012

A.M. Harvard University, 2010

M.Phil. Cambridge University, 2005

B.A. Vilnius University, 2004

Research Interests

20th-century Russian literature and cinema, international film history, history of psychology, as well as film theory with an emphasis on media archeology, spectatorship, and performance

Publications

Editorial

Hedberg Olenina, Ana, and Irina Schulzki. Editorial article: “Mediating Gesture in Theory and Practice”. Mise en geste. Studies of Gesture in Cinema (ed. by Ana Hedberg Olenina and Irina Schulzki). Special issue of Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 5 (2017). DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.17892/app.2017.0005.100

 

Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

1.      “The Junctures of Children’s Psychology and Soviet Film Avant-garde: Representations, Influences, Applications,” The Brill Companion to Soviet Children’s Literature and Film, ed. Olga Voronina, Leiden: Brill Press – forthcoming.

 

2.     “Poetry as Movement: Sofia Vysheslavtseva’s Verse Theory Between Formalism and the Revolutionary Stage” [“Poeziia kak dvizhenie: teoria stikha S. Vysheslavtsevoi mezhdu formalizmom i revoliutsionnoi estradoi”], Oral Performance of Literature, 1923-1929 [Zvuchachshaia Khudozhestvennaia Rech’, 1923-1929], ed. Witalij Schmidt and Valeri Zolotukhin, Moscow: Tri Kvadrata – forthcoming.

 

3.       “Moto-bio-cine-event: Constructions of Expressive Movement in Soviet Film Avant-garde,” The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, ed. Douglas Rosenberg, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, 79-104.

 

4.     “Embodying the Literary Form: Approaches to the Corporeal Aspects of Poetry in the Works of Russian Formalists at the Institute of the Live Word and Beyond, Zhivoe slovo: logos, golos, dvizhenie, zhest [The Live Word: Logos, Voice, Movement, and Gesture], ed. Vladimir Feshchenko, Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2015, 456-480.

 

5.     “The Doubly Wired Spectator: Psychophysiological Research on Cinematic Pleasure in the 1920s.” Film History: An International Journal, 27.1 (2015): 29-57.

 

6.     “Engineering Performance: Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Reflexology, and Labor Efficiency Studies,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 35.3 (2013): 297-336.

 

7.     “Scores of Movement: However Odd, on the Psychology of Acting in Lev Kuleshov’s Workshop” [“Partitury dvizhenia: kak ni stranno, o psikhologii naturshchika u Kuleshova”], Kinovedcheskie zapiski 97 (2011): 20-50.

 

 

Essays in Edited Reference Collections

1.     “Vladimir Bekhterev,” Reading with Eisenstein, ed. Luka Arsenjuk and Ada Ackerman, Montreal: Caboose Press –  forthcoming.

2.     “Ivan Pavlov,” Reading with Eisenstein, ed. Luka Arsenjuk and Ada Ackerman, Montreal: Caboose Press –  forthcoming.

3.     “Aleksandr Potebnia,” Reading with Eisenstein, ed. Luka Arsenjuk and Ada Ackerman, Montreal: Caboose Press –  forthcoming.

4.     "Aleksandra Khokhlova." Women Film Pioneers Project, ed. Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, New York: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web. https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/aleksandra-khokhlova-2/

 5. “Optical Distortions in Eisenstein’s Strike: A Metaphor for New Vision.” Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Film and History League Conference Nov. 8-12, 2006. Ed. Peter Rollins. CD-ROM. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Film and History Society, 2007.

Curatorial Projects

1.     Olenina, Ana and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Early Landmarks of Soviet Cinema (4 DVD box-set). Brochure essay “Montage Uprising” on Soviet avant-garde filmmakers Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Barnet, Vertov, Shub, Turin, and Kalatozov. Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, 2011.

2.     Olenina, Ana and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Miss Mend. Brochure essay “Miss Mend and Soviet Americanism” and a 22 min. documentary featurette “Miss Mend: A Whirlwind Vision of an Imagined America.” Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, 2009.

Interview

1.     Interview with Ekaterina Khokhlova, granddaughter and curator of Lev Kuleshov. ARTMargins: Central and Eastern European Visual Culture. 2008.

           <http://www.artmargins.com/index.php/film-a-screen-media-sp-629836893/90-lev-kuleshov>

           Reprinted in French and Russian translation by Kinoglaz: Soviet and Russian Cinema        <http://www.kinoglaz.fr/ekaterina_khokhlova_ru_2008.php>

Book Reviews

1.     Polish Postcommunist Cinema by Ewa Mazierska. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 28.1 (2008).

2.     Selected Essays by Vsevolod Pudovkin, ed. Richard Taylor. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 27.2 (2007).

Research Activity

In 2016-17, Dr. Hedberg Olenina organized an Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, entitled "Embodied Cognition in Performance," sponsored by The Institute of Humanities Research at ASU 

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SLC 394 Special Topics
FMS 394 Special Topics
FMP 394 Special Topics
RUS 430 Russian Short Story
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SLC 202 Literary & Cultural Theory
RUS 492 Honors Directed Study
RUS 493 Honors Thesis
SLC 494 Special Topics
FMS 494 Special Topics
RUS 494 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SLC 394 Special Topics
RUS 394 Special Topics
FMS 394 Special Topics