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John A. Barnstead

Associate Professor (retired)

Department of Russian Studies

Email: userrusj@dal.ca
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  • BA (Oakland)
  • MA (Harvard)


John Barnstead was born in Schenectady, New York — where all good science fiction ideas originate.  His current research projects are:

  • The Kuzmin Collection: an electronic bilingual multimedia presentation of the works of Russian poet, novelist, dramatist and composer Mikhail Kuzmin (1872-1936);
  • Russian Imagery in Canadian Poetry: an exhaustive examination of all references to things Russian in Canadian poetry, both French and English, from its beginnings to the year 2000;
  • Ekphrasis, Deixis, and the Chronotope: a theoretical examination of the interactions of categories of reference and ostension when art changes mode — what exactly happens to the pointing when somebody writes a poem about a picture depicting a pointing figure, for example?

He recently served as President of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia (2010-2013).