B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Oxford University; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University
Term 3 office hours: TTh 11:15-12:15 (in person, Houghton Chapel Study Room) & by appointment (e-mail, Zoom, or phone)
Founders Hall 414
Thomas Peter HodgeProfessor of Russian
Interests include history of 19th-century Russian literature, Russian nature-writing, and Russian music.
I have devoted most of my research to the nexus of Russian literature and Russian music in the 1800s, and to the history of nineteenth-century Russian nature-writing and hunting literature. My most recent work is a book-length analysis of Turgenev as a nature writer: Hunting Nature: Ivan Turgenev and the Organic World, published in 2020 by Cornell University Press. With colleagues at Bates and Oberlin, I'm also co-editing an anthology of Russian nature-writing in English translation.
Over the years I've taught more than a dozen different courses, though now I focus on elementary Russian language and nineteenth-century Russian novels and poems. I teach these literature courses in both English and Russian. In 2000, with Professor Marianne Moore of the Biological Sciences Department, I co-founded Lake Baikal: The Soul of Siberia, a course that sends a dozen Wellesley students to the great lake every other year or so.
I write occasional program notes for the Salzburg Festival's concerts of Russian music, as well as liner notes for Deutsche Grammophon. I also collaborate with local musicians who feature Russian repertoire.
In college I played catcher for four years on the varsity baseball team; here's some grainy video evidence from March 1983: Bunt | Tag. These days I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, commuting on my bike, cooking, catch-and-release fly-fishing, fly-tying, birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, and camping. Sometimes I skip rocks.