Mary Laurita

Mary Laurita is Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

Posts by Mary Laurita

Town Without Pity

In Putin Country shows that—in the midst of change, instability, and loss of international standing—the average Russian is still looking for someone to restore Russia to its former greatness.

Doctored By Details

“Pasternak remarked in late 1957, ‘Everybody’s writing about it, but who in fact has read it?’ This seems the crucial question never pursued. What would have happened if more people in power had actually read ‘Doctor Zhivago’? Could much, if not all, of the persecution of Pasternak have been avoided? The question of whether or not the book, when read, stands up as a piece of anti-Soviet propaganda comes up a few times in the text, but never as anything more than a superficial thought.”