"Professor Bird has published books on Viacheslav Ivanov, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Andrei Tarkovsky, and essays on a variety of topics in Russian literature, intellectual history, film and video art."
Robert Bird’s primary area of interest is the aesthetic practice and theory of Russian/Soviet modernism. He has published books on Viacheslav Ivanov, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Andrei Tarkovsky, and essays on a variety of topics in Russian literature, intellectual history, film and video art. Recently he was co-editor (with Christina Kiaer and Zachary Cahill) of Revolution Every Day: A Calendar (Mousse Publishing, 2017), the catalogue to the exhibition Revolution Every Day at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, on which he was co-curator. He holds a fellowship from the Neubauer Collegium for the project “Revolutionology,” an intellectual history of revolution. He is currently completing a book ‘Soul Machine: How Soviet Film Modeled Socialism,’ which analyzes the rise of socialist realism as a modeling aesthetic.
- “Voices of History: The Narrative Poem in Russian Modernism.” Slavic and East European Journal. Forthcoming in v. 51, no.1
- “The Suspended Aesthetic: Slavoj Žižek on Kieslowski and Tarkovsky.” Studies in East European Thought. v. 56 no. 4 (2004) 357-382.
- “Lyric ritual and narrative myth in Russian modernism: The case of Viacheslav Ivanov,” Genre v. 36 (Spring-Summer 2003) 83-108.
- "Minding the Gap: The Concept of Detachment in Aleksej Losev’s The Dialectic of Myth.” Studies in East European Thought v. 56 nos. 2-3 (2004). 143-160.
- Review essay: “Russian Philosophy as Ideology.” Slavic and East European Journal 45:3 (Fall 2001) 531-7.
- “Understanding Dostoevsky: A Comparison of Russian Hermeneutic Theories,” Dostoevsky Studies: The Journal of the International Dostoevsky Society, New Series Volume V (2001) 129-46.
- “Viacheslav Ivanov i sovetskaia vlast’. Neizvestnye materialy” [V. Ivanov and the Soviet Government: Unknown Materials], Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie no. 40 (1999) 305-331.
- “Martin Heidegger and Russian Symbolist Philosophy,” Studies in East European Thought 51 (1999): 85-108.
Previously Taught Courses
- Introduction to Russian Literature (all periods)
- Humanities Core Curriculum ("Human Being and Citizen")
- Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev
- The Late Tolstoy
- The Demons
- The Brothers Karamazov
- Russian and Polish Film 1956-present
- The Soviet Imaginary
- Poetic Cinema
- Image, Narrative, Thought
- The Aesthetics of Eastern Orthodoxy
- Narratives of Suspense in Literature and Cinema
- Marxism and Modernism
- The Russian Narrative Poem of the 20th Century
- Andrei Platonov