Valeriia Mutc is a PhD candidate in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research explores the intersections between Russian fin-de-siècle literature and theatre, with a particular focus on a turn of famous prose writers to drama during that time. Valeriia applies transmedial narratology to analyse their prose writing alongside their plays, and studies its impact on questions of realism and modernism.
Before coming to Yale, Valeriia studied at the University of Oxford, where she received her Master’s degree, and at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). She has experience teaching both language and literature, and worked with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in Russia, UK, and USA. In her teaching, Valeriia strives to create an inclusive classroom, encouraging intellectual curiosity and helping her students develop critical thinking. Stemming from her dissertation research, she is particularly interested in the application of digital tools and performative approaches in teaching. As a McDougal Graduate Teaching fellow, Valeriia hopes to promote evidence-based teaching methods in the humanities.