Part-Time Faculty


Natalie Ryabchikova

BA, Film Studies, Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK), 2008

MA, Slavic Languages and Literatuers, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Courses Taught

Forbidden Love on Page and Screen

Russian Short Story in Context

Elementary Russian 2

Intermediate Russian 1

Advanced Russian 2


“Eisenstein’s General History: A General Historical Context” (co-authored with Masha Salazkina). Sergei Eisenstein’s “Notes for a General History of Cinema.” Ed. Naum Kleiman, Antonio Somaini. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP (in press, 2014).

“ARRK and the Soviet Transition to Sound.” Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema. Ed. Lilya Kaganovsky, Masha Salazkina. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014. 81-99.

“When Was Soviet Cinema Born? The Institutionalization of Soviet Film Studies and the Problems of Periodization.” The Emergence of Film Culture: Knowledge Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-garde in Europe, 1919-1939. Ed. Malte Hagener. New York-Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. 118-139.

“‘Krasnye d'iavoliata’: pervyi revoliutsionnyi fil'm i ego sud'ba” [“The Red Imps”: The first revolutionary film and its fate”]. Dom Burganova. Prostranstvo kul'tury 2 (June 2013): 161-172.

“Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike.” Hyperkino Commentary. DVD series Kino Academia (Ruscico). 2011.

“Children's Cinema in the Soviet Union before 1936.” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema 3.2 (2009): 231-235.

“Eizenshtein - Uilson: dialog na poliakh knigi” [“Eisenstein - Wilson: A Dialogue on the Margins”]. Kinovedcheskie Zapiski 87 (2008): 30-53.

Research Interests

Soviet cinema of the 1920s-30s

Film historiography

Theoretical and artistic legacy of Sergei Eisenstein

Representative Conference Presentations

"Sergei Eisenstein’s Views on Modernism and Socialist Realism: the 1930s." SCMS Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. 20 March 2014.

“Ivan the Terrible as Detective.” Fields of Vision: Observation, Surveillance, Voyeurism. Graduate Students Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 22 February 2014.

“Soviet Cinephiles: Film Production vs. Film Appreciation in the 1920s.” AATSEEL Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. 10 January 2014.

“The First Attempt at Nationalization of Soviet Cinema and Its Place in Soviet Film History.” SCMS Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. 6 March 2013.

“The Enemy Within: Espionage and Family Melodrama of the 1930s.” ASEEES National Convention, New Orleans, LA. 16 November 2012.

“From Vampire to Class Enemy: A Soviet Adaptation of Prosper Mérimée’s ‘Lokis’.” SCMS Annual Conference, Boston, MA. 22 March 2012.

“Kar'era i fil'my Konstantina Eggerta” [The Career and Films of Konstantin Eggert]. Presented at the conference “Mezhrabpomfi'm i nemetsko-rossiiskie kul'turnye sviazi v sfere kinematografa v 1920-30-e gody” [Mezhrabpomfil'm and the German-Russian Cinema Connections in the 1920s-1930s], Moscow, Russia. 19 March 2011.