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Ana Hedberg Olenina

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  •  Ana.Olenina@asu.edu
  •  480 9653873
  •  ASU School of International Letters and Cultures Durham Language and Literature Building, LL 404-E 851 Cady Mall, PO Box 870202 Tempe
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies
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Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies
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Biography: 

Ana Hedberg Olenina is an assistant professor of comparative literature and media studies at the School of International Letters and Cultures. Her teaching and research interests include 20th-century Russian literature and cinema, international film history, as well as film theory with an emphasis on media archeology, spectatorship, and performance. Her book Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Modern Literature and Film (Oxford University Press, 2020) traces the ways in which early film directors, actors, and performance theorists used the psychological ideas of their time to conceptualize expressive movement and transference of emotion. Olenina's articles on the notion of gesture and embodiment, Russian Formalism, modern dance, and Soviet avant-garde cinema have appeared in journals such as Discourse, Film History, Apparatus, Kinovedcheskie Zapiski and several anthologies in the U.S.A. and Russia. She is a recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harvard Davis Center of Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, and the Soros Foundation-Open Society Institute.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012
  • A.M. Harvard University, 2010
  • M.Phil. Cambridge University, U.K. 2005
  • B.A. Vilnius University, Lithuania 2004
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Research Interests: 

20th-century Russian literature and cinema, international film history, history of psychology, as well as film theory with an emphasis on media archeology, spectatorship, and performance

Publications: 

Book

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Modern Literature and Film (Oxford University Press, 2020).

 

Edited Journal Issue

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, and Irina Schulzki, eds. Mise en geste: Studies of Gesture in Cinema. Special issue of Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 5 (2017). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17892/app.2017.0005.100

 

 

Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, "Sergei Eisenstein, Neurocinematics, and Embodied Cognition: a Reassessment," Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture --accpeted, scheduled to appear in issue 44.1 (2022)

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, “The Junctures of Children’s Psychology and Soviet Avant-garde Film: Representations, Influences, Applications,” The Brill Companion to Soviet Children’s Literature and Film, ed. Olga Voronina, Leiden: Brill Press, 2019, 73-99.

 

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, Eric L. Amazeen, Bonnie Eckard, and Jason Papenfuss. “Embodied Cognition in Performance: the Impact of Michael Chekhov’s Acting Exercises on Affect and Height Perception,” Frontiers in Psychology, October 2019. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02277

 

Olenina, Ana, “Moto-bio-cine-event: Constructions of Expressive Movement in Soviet Film Avant-garde,” The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, ed. Douglas Rosenberg, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, 79-104.

 

Olenina, Ana, “The Doubly Wired Spectator: Psychophysiological Research on Cinematic Pleasure in the 1920s.” Film History: An International Journal, 27.1 (2015): 29-57.

 

Olenina, Ana, “Engineering Performance: Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Reflexology, and Labor Efficiency Studies,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 35.3 (2013): 297-336.

 

Editor-reviewed Articles and Chapters

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, “Poetry as Movement: Sofia Vysheslavtseva’s Verse Theory Between Formalism and the Revolutionary Stage” [“Poeziia kak dvizhenie: teoria stikha S. Vysheslavtsevoi mezhdu formalizmom i revoliutsionnoi estradoi”], Oral Performance of Literature, 1923-1929 [Zvuchashshaia Khudozhestvennaia Rech’, 1923-1929], ed. Witalij Schmidt and Valerii Zolotukhin, Moscow: Tri Kvadrata, 2018, 459-489.

 

Olenina, Ana Hedberg, and Irina Schulzki. Editorial article: “Mediating Gesture in Theory and Practice”. Mise en geste. Studies of Gesture in Cinema (ed. by Ana Hedberg Olenina and Irina Schulzki). Special issue of Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 5 (2017).

 

Olenina, Ana, “Embodying the Literary Form: Approaches to the Corporeal Aspects of Poetry in the Works of Russian Formalists at the Institute of the Live Word and Beyond, Zhivoe slovo: logos – golos –dvizhenie - zhest [The Living Word: Logos - Voice – Movement - Gesture], ed. Vladimir Feshchenko, Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2015, 456-480.

 

Olenina, Ana, “Scores of Movement: However Odd, on the Psychology of Acting in Lev Kuleshov’s Workshop” [“Partitury dvizhenia: kak ni stranno, o psikhologii naturshchika u Kuleshova”], Kinovedcheskie zapiski 97 (2011): 20-50.

 

Olenina, Ana, “Optical Distortions in Eisenstein’s Strike: A Metaphor for New Vision.” Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Film and History League Conference Nov. 8-12, 2006. Ed. Peter Rollins. CD-ROM. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Film and History Society, 2007.

 

Encyclopedia Entry

Olenina, Ana, "Aleksandra Khokhlova." Women Film Pioneers Project, ed. Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, New York: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web. https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/aleksandra-khokhlova-2/

 

 

Curatorial Projects

Olenina, Ana Hedberg. “Foreword. The Sculptor of Inner Forms: the Poet Dmitrii Ol’shanskii” [“Predislovie. Vaiatel’ vnutrennikh form: poet Dmitrii Ol’shanskii”]. Dmitrii Ol’shanskii. Ab”iakty. Moscow: Russkii Gulliver, 2018, 1-2.

 

Olenina, Ana and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Brochure essay “Montage Uprising” about Soviet avant-garde filmmakers Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Barnet, Vertov, Shub, Turin, and Kalatozov). Early Landmarks of Soviet Cinema (4 DVD box-set). Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, 2011.

                          The National Society of Film Critics’ 2011 Award in the nomination “Film Heritage.”

 

 

Olenina, Ana and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Brochure essay “Miss Mend and Soviet Americanism” and a 22 min. documentary featurette “Miss Mend: A Whirlwind Vision of an Imagined America.” Miss Mend (DVD). Los Angeles: Flicker Alley, 2009.

 

 

 

Op-ed

Olenina, Ana, Hedberg, “A Case for Neurohumanities,” In the Moment, an online blog of the journal Critical Inquiry, September 2017, https://critinq.wordpress.com/2017/09/I   

 

 

Interview

Olenina, Ana, Interview with Ekaterina Khokhlova, granddaughter and curator of Lev Kuleshov. ARTMargins: Central and Eastern European Visual Culture. 2008. https://artmargins.com/lev-kuleshov/ 

           Reprinted in French and Russian translation by Kinoglaz: Soviet and Russian Cinema , www.kinoglaz.fr/ekaterina_khokhlova_2008.php 

 

 

Research Activity: 

In 2016-17, Dr. Hedberg Olenina organized an Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, entitled "Embodied Cognition in Performance," sponsored by The Institute of Humanities Research at ASU.

In 2020-2021, Dr. Hedberg Olenina is a Research Fellow at ASU's Institute of Humanities Research (annual theme: Recovering the Human(e) in an Age of Dehumanization).

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 202Literary & Cultural Theory
SLC 792Research
SLC 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 394Special Topics
SLC 394Special Topics
HON 394Special Topics
THE 394Special Topics
SLC 602Comparative Cultural Theory
SLC 790Reading and Conference
SLC 795Continuing Registration
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 795Continuing Registration
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 394Special Topics
FMP 394Special Topics
RUS 394Special Topics
FMS 394Special Topics
SLC 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 202Literary & Cultural Theory
RUS 492Honors Directed Study
RUS 493Honors Thesis
FMS 494Special Topics
SLC 494Special Topics
SLC 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 394Special Topics
FMS 394Special Topics
FMP 394Special Topics
RUS 430Russian Short Story
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 202Literary & Cultural Theory
RUS 492Honors Directed Study
RUS 493Honors Thesis
SLC 494Special Topics
FMS 494Special Topics
RUS 494Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 394Special Topics
RUS 394Special Topics
FMS 394Special Topics