Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya

Associate Professor of Slavic
Courtesy Associate Professor of English

Office: 303B Diffenbaugh

Phone: 850-644-8391


Professor Wakamiya (Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles) is Associate Professor of Slavic in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics and Courtesy Associate Professor of English. She is the Coordinator and Graduate Advisor for the Slavic Program.

Her current book project Collecting Objects, Materializing Ethics investigates the relationship between collections of material objects and narrative. Professor Wakamiya’s research has been supported by the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and a Senior Fellowship at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

For her teaching, Prof. Wakamiya has been recognized with an FSU Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Research Interests:

  • 20th- and 21st-century Russian literature and culture
  • Exile and emigration
  • Transnationalism
  • Critical Theory
  • Material Approaches to Narrative and Culture

Selected Publications:

  • Locating Exiled Writers in Contemporary Russian Literature: Exiles at Home. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2009.
  • Late and Post Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader. Co-edited with Mark Lipovetsky. Boston: Academic Studies Press. 2014.
  • "Vladimir Sorokin's Abject Bodies: Clones and the Crisis of Subjecthood." Vladimir Sorokin's Languages: Mediality, Interculturality, Translation. Tine Roesen and Dirk Uffelmann, eds. University of Bergen, 2013. 231-245.
  • "Post-Soviet Contexts and Trauma Studies." Slavonica, Vol. 17 No. 2, November, 2011, 135-45.
  • “Ritoricheskie konstruktsii repatriatsii v proizvedeniiakh Aleksandra Solzhenitsyna” (Rhetorical Constructions of Repatriation in the Work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn). Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. Vol. 103 (2010). 232-245.
  • "Humbert's 'Gendered' Appeals to the Jury of Not His Peers," Approaches to Teaching Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita'. Galya Diment and Zoran Kuzmanovich, eds. New York: Modern Languages Association, 2008. 141-146.

Selected courses taught at FSU:

  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Critical Approaches to Vladimir Nabokov
  • Transnational Literature
  • Contemporary Russian Cinema
  • Survey of Russian Literature (in Russian)
  • The Slavic Vampire