Stetson University

Michael A. Denner

Associate Professor of Russian Studies and Director of the University Honors Program

Michael Denner is editor of the Tolstoy Studies Journal. He teaches courses on Russian literature, film and language, and writes on Tolstoy and popular culture. In his role as director of the University Honors Program, Denner mentors students from across the university.


  • Ph.D., Slavic languages and literatures, Northwestern University
  • B.A. with high distinction, Indiana University

Course Topics

  • All levels of Russian language
  • Several surveys of 19th century Russian literature and poetry
  • Seminar: The Brothers Karamazov
  • Seminar: Eugene Onegin; Contemporary Russian Culture
  • Russian and Soviet Film
  • The World of War and Peace
  • Courses and practica in the Honors Program


  • "The Proletarian Lord: Tolstoy among the Bolsheviks," 1917-1921, in Anniversary Essays on Tolstoy, Cambridge University Press (2010)
  • "Be not afraid of greatness: Leo Tolstoy and Celebrity," a Journal of Popular Culture 44:4 (2009)
  • "Dusting off the Couch (and Discovering the Tolstoy Connection in Shklovsky's 'Art As Device')," a Slavic and East European Journal 52.3 (2008)
  • "Tolstoy Yearbook," a publication of the State Tolstoy Museum in Moscow
  • "The First Russian Color Photoportrait," Tolstoy Studies Journal Website (2004)
  • "Accidental Art: L. N. Tolstoy's Practical Poetics of Unintentionality, Philosophy and Literature," 27:2 (2003)
  • Tolstoy Filmography (filmography of films based on works by L. N. Tolstoy), Tolstoy Studies Journal Website (2003)
  • "The Advantage of Doing Nothing," Tolstoy Studies Journal, Vol. XIII (2001)
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