Anton Svynarenko

Anton Svynarenko

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature


  • University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD in Slavic Studies, 2021. Dissertation Title: "Queer Childhood in Russian Modernism"
  • V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), MA in Applied Linguistics, 2007.

Research Interests

  • 20th-century Russian Literature
  • Queer Theory
  • Histories of Childhood
  • Film Studies
  • Socialist Realism & Totalitarian Aesthetics


  • "The Queer Child as Thwarted Demiurge in Isaac Babel's Childhood Stories" (PMLA, accepted pending revisions)
  • "O You Youths, Eastern Youths: Sexualized Nostalgia in Natalia Kudriashova's Pioneer Heroes" (in Nostalgia and Anxiety in the Visual and Performing Arts; forthcoming Spring 2022)
  • "The No-Time of War in Pavel Zal'tsman's The Puppies" (in Non-Standard: Forgotten Experiments in Russian Culture, 1934-64, 2021, pp. 186-208).