Russian Language Journal


Irwin Weil


Robert L. Belknap, teacher, scholar, Slavic studies, Russian literacy


The late Robert L. Belknap was clearly one of the finest individuals and most creative teachers and scholars in the American profession of Slavic studies. His whole professional life encompassed both the academic and administrative sides of a long and outstanding professorial career at Columbia University. It is therefore entirely appropriate that the present volume consists of articles in the field of Russian literary criticism by some of the best and original literary critics, many of them Belknap's former students. Not only do the articles demonstrate a high level of literary insight—they also show the example of Belknap's remarkable creativity in methods of teaching.