Luke P. Parker

Assistant Professor of Russian

Office: Lovejoy 448 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-4443
Fax: 207-859-4405
Office Hours:
Tu 10am-11am; W 11am-12pm
Parker, Luke P.


Stanford University, PhD (Slavic)
University of Oxford, BA (French and Russian)

Areas of Expertise

  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Exile
  • Literature and Film
  • Theater
  • Vladislav Khodasevich
  • Poetry
  • Digital Humanities
  • European Modernism

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
RU 231The Spectacle of Modernity: Russian Fiction before the Cinema
RU 125JIntensive Russian
RU 232All That is Solid Melts into Air: Modern Russian Fiction
RU 237Devils and Inquisitors: Narrative and Self in the Russian Empire
RU 325Advanced Russian
RU 127Intermediate Russian

Professional Information

Luke Parker has previously taught at Oberlin College and Stanford University.

He is a scholar of Russian literature, theater and film, focusing on the interaction of exile and performance. Luke’s peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Slavic Review, Russian Review, Slavic and East European Journal. His work has also been featured in the Times Literary Supplement.

Luke teaches courses on theater and performance, émigré fiction and Weimar cinema, nineteenth-century fiction and visual culture, as well as Soviet modernity. Trained in ATCFL Oral Proficiency Interview certification, he has devised a successful Intensive Russian course for Jan Plan (Winter term), as well as numerous courses at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. A speaker of Russian, French and German, he has been instrumental in organizing workshops across language departments on campus.

His book project Nabokov Noir: Cinematic Culture and the Art of Exile claims that Vladimir Nabokov’s multilingual and transnational literary career in European (Berlin and Paris) and American exile during the 1920s-1940s was shaped by a deliberate and extensive engagement with a new cinematic culture. It demonstrates that Nabokov’s interwar literary career comprises an art of exile – both a literary poetics and a publishing strategy. This revises our conception not only of Nabokov, but of the entire Russian émigré community, showing the depth and complexity of this contribution to the modernist era’s literary and intellectual appreciation of and antagonism to the cinema.

Current Research

His recent research on a second project features the émigré actors and actresses Ivan Mosjoukine, Anna Sten, and Kissa Kouprine. With careers that spanned the Soviet Union, Berlin, Paris, and Hollywood, these performers negotiated the transition from silent to sound film. Luke’s forthcoming conference presentations address the question of identity and language in the increasingly integrated American and European culture industries of the 1920s and ‘30s.

Upcoming presentations:

Tchaikovsky in His Time (Pre-Performance Lecture)
Russian National Ballet, Sleeping Beauty
Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Recent Presentations

“Make Belief” in Russian Performance [Roundtable Organizer].

Performing Stardom: Émigré Actresses of the 1920s and ‘30s.
ASEEES, San Francisco, November 23-26, 2019.

Recent research:

Archival research, Los Angeles
Project: “Russian Actors, Writers, and Directors in Hollywood, 1918-1945.”
Supported by Humanities Research Grant, June 2019.


The Shop Window Quality of Things: 1920s Weimar Surface Culture in Nabokov’s Korol’, dama, valet.
Slavic Review 77, no.2 (Summer 2018): 390-461.

Gor’kii in Paris: Vladislav Khodasevich on Silver Age and Soviet Theater
Slavic and East European Journal 62.4 (Winter 2018): 685–705

The Gambit: Chess and the Art of Competition in The Luzhin Defense.
Russian Review 76 (July 2017): 438-57.

Vladimir Nabokov, “On Generalities,” translated with an introduction and notes.
Times Literary Supplement, March 13, 2016: 17-18.

Curriculum Vitae


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