Department of Comparative Literature
1050 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Professor Solovieva works on Russo-Japanese cultural relations. Her current book project, Russian Kurosawa, will offer a new historical and thematic perspective on the work of the renowned Japanese director Akira Kurosawa through a detailed discussion of the films he made on the basis of Russian sources. The book’s major goal is to show that Kurosawa’s Russian output deals with the most politically sensitive topics of postwar Japan. The book will challenge prevalent views of Akira Kurosawa as an apolitical art house director or a conformist studio filmmaker by offering a much more complicated picture of the director’s participation in the post-war cultural and political debate. Olga Solovieva also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Kurosawa and his literary sources. Her articles on Kurosawa's Russian films appeared in the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Her comparative articles on Russian and Japanese nuclear experience are forthcoming: “Chernobyl, the Unheard Prayer: Svetlana Aleksievich and the Little Voices of Fukushima,” boundary 2, 45:4 (2018) and “Horror Old and New: Nakata Hideo’s Ringu (1998) between J-Horror and Hibakusha Cinema,“ A Companion to Japanese Cinema, ed. David Desser, New York: Wiley-Blackwell. For more information, please visit her faculty page.