Olga Mesropova, an associate professor of Russian, recently published her book “Faces of Contemporary Russia: Advanced Russian Language and Culture” through Georgetown University Press.
“Faces of Contemporary Russia“ is a one-semester textbook for high-intermediate to advanced level Russian students that aims to develop students’ linguistic proficiency by examining significant personalities in current Russian culture. In addition to introductory and concluding chapters, the book features twelve individuals (one per chapter), drawing from a range of areas such as arts, sports, journalism, and business. While upper-level Russian textbooks tend to emphasize grammar and reading more traditional works from Russian literature, this book seeks instead to primarily engage students in learning about and discussing the breadth of contemporary Russian culture while weaving the study of grammar and vocabulary into those discussions. In addition to readings and in-class communicative activities, the book also features guided research assignments that encourage students to make use of the many personality interviews and YouTube clips available online.
Mesropova is also the author of the advanced-level cinema-based Russian language conversation textbook, Kinotalk, has co-edited two scholarly anthologies with Slavica Publishers and Johns Hopkins University Press, and has published numerous articles and reviews on Russian cultural discourse.