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Robert Romanchuk

Associate Professor of Slavic at Florida State University

I work in philology and psychoanalysis, and my training at UCLA was crucial in preparing me for both fields. As concerns the former, I was fortunate to study with several great philologists: Dean S. Worth taught me to read Early East Slavic, Henrik Birnbaum — Church Slavic, and Michael Haslam — Greek. Gail Lehnoff taught me how to make sense of an Early Slavic text and its context, and Claudia Rapp — its Byzantine counterparts. As concerns my second field, the structuralism I learned from Viacheslav V. Ivanov and others in the Slavic Department would prepare me to read Lacan, while Roman Koropeckyj shifted my perspective to structures of impasse and impossibility. As distinct as my work is from that of my teachers, their imprint can be found throughout it.