Justin Weir is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. He received a B.A. in Russian from the University of Minnesota and his master’s and doctoral degree in Russian literature from Northwestern University. He is co-editor and co-translator of Eight Twentieth-Century Russian Plays (2000) and author of The Author as Hero: Self and Tradition in Bulgakov, Pasternak, and Nabokov (2002). His book Leo Tolstoy and the Alibi of Narrative is due out from Yale University Press in spring 2010.
This talk was part of the Winter Weekend seminar on Tolstoy’s War and Peace in March 2009.