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Harold Schefski, Ph.D.

Professor of Russian
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: 562 985-8525 I Fax: 562 985-4259
E-mail: | Office: AS-334

Research Interests

My research focuses on nineteenth-century Russian literature, primarily Tolstoy and Turgenev. I have published on Russian language with special attention to vocabulary development and exceptional grammar issues. Literary critics such as the Formalists have played a significant role in my scholarly work. In the future, I will direct my energies to Anton Chekhov, Yuri Nagibin, and the genre of the Russian short story.


1976 Stanford University PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures

1970 Stanford University M.A., Russian Literature

1968 University of California Davis B.A. Russian


“Margaret Mitchell: Gone with the Wind and War and Peace.” Gone with the Wind as Book and Film. Ed. Richard Harwell. University of South Carolina Press: 1993. 229-243.

“The Parable of the Prodigal Son and Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons.” Moder

n Critical Views. Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House: 2003. 85-96. Republished in Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev. Norton Critical Edition Second Edition: 2009. 366-376

“Tolstoy’s Progeny: Toltoys Taking Sides.” Russian Life Magazine (Jan-Feb. 2010): 46-53.

Select Awards and Services

Phi Beta Kappa, UC Davis, 1968

Central Association of Russian Teachers of America: Meritorious Service to the Profession Award 2005

Russian Cultural Center Award for Promoting Russian Language in U.S.A. 2010

Short-Term Study Abroad in Soviet Union and Russia (1983-89, 2005, 2008)

Endowment of Russian Studies Student Scholarship (Corpus Account $60,000)

Co-Chair Russian Literature Festivals at CSULB: Pushkin (2006), Dostoyevsky (2009), Tolstoy (2010)