Gail Lenhoff

Professor of Russian Literature

Contact Info
c/o Slavic Department
318 Humanities Bldg, Box 951502
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1502

Phone: (310) 825-6974
Fax: (310) 206-5263
Professional Background
  • Professor of Russian, 1993-, UCLA
  • Assistant Professor of Russian, 1987-1988, University of Pittsburgh
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, 1986, Columbia University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Russian, 1979-1986, University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor of Russian, 1979-1981, Mount Holyoke College
  • Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 1978
  • Freelance translator and editor, Progress Publishers and The Journal of the Moscow
  • Patriarchate, Interpreter, ABC News Division, Translator, Bulletin of the USSR Copyright Agency; Moscow USSR, 1974-1978.

 Administrative Services

  • 2008 - Present, Editorial Board, Revue des etudes slaves
  • 1996 - Present, organizer yearly UCLA Winter Workshop in Byzantinem Medieval slavic culture, funded by Dean of Humanities, Center for Medieval and renaissance studies, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, History and Salvic depts.
  • 1994-5, 2001-3, Advisory Board, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • 1993-1995 President, Early Slavic Studies Association
  • 1989-1991 Editorial Board, UCLA Slavic Studies, new series Oxford and Cambridge presses
Courses Taught
  • Russian Novel (introduction, writing course)
  • Russian History and Culture: Origins to the Rise of Muscovy
  • Russian Civilization: Origins to Revolution 
  • Golden Age and the Great Realists
  • Literature and Revolution
  • Dostoevsky
  • Nabokov
  • Tolstoy
Pre-M.A. Graduate
  • Introductory Literary Proseminar 
  • Kievan and Muscovite Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Russian Literature
  • Early Ninteenth-Century Russian Literature
  • Movements and Genres
Graduate Seminars:
  • History as Narrative
  • Medieval Russian Saints' Cults and their Modern Reception
  • Muscovite Literature and Culture: Church councils and theological polemics, genealogical legends and precedence disputes, chancery literature, legends of wonderworking icons
  • 17th-Century Literature and Culture: historiography of the Time of Troubles, polemics, theology and writings of the Old Belief, court rhetoric and poetry in the reign of Aleksei Mikhailovich.
  • The Greek Foundations of Russian Culture (Origins to Modernism)
Research Mentorships and Advising:
  • Sean Griffin, "The Liturgical Subtext of Princess Ol'ga's Biography in the Primary Chronicle"
  • Antanina Sergieff, "The Cult and Reception of St. Evfrosiniia/Predslava of Polotsk"
  • Larisa Karkafi, "The Crimean Text of Russian Culture and the Legend of Vladimir's Conversion"
  • John Narins, "The Tale of Iurii of Smolensk as a Case Study from the Stepennaia Kniga"
  • Nora Ryan, "Archbishop Ioann of Novgorod and the Icon of the Virgin of the Sign"
  • Robert Romanchuk, "The Kirill-Belozersk Monastery as a Textual Community" 1998-1999
  • Andrea Hacker, "Post-Factum Portrayal of Historical events (Four Accounts of How Stepan Razin's Men Killed Metropolitan Iosif in 1671)
  • Anindita Banerjee, "Afanasii Nikitin's India: A Journey Through the Mind of a Medieval Traveler"
GgGGCurrent and Ongoing Project


2009  Ahmanson Foundation Grant, international conference
         "The Book of Royal Degrees and Russian Historical
         Consciousness" (UCLA, Febr. 26-28)
2007, 2008 Russian National Fund publication award,
         critical edition of Stepennaia kniga, vols. I, II.
2004  French Academy of Sciences: Visiting Chercheur-
Paris IV, Sorbonne. Course on "Histoire
         et conscience historique en Russie medievale"
2002-2006 Principal investigator, National Endowment for
         the Humanities Collaborative Grant for a critical
         edition and commentary of the Stepennaia kniga
2001-2004 Principal investigator, National Council for East
         European and Eurasian Research Collaborative Grant
         for critical edition of the Stepennaia kniga
1999  Center for Mecieval and Renaissance Studies Award
         for Interdisciplinary Scholarship (Russian and 
        Byzantine, with Claudia Rapp).
1994  National Endowment for the Humanities. Social   
         Science Research Council grants for international
         conference on "Culture and Identity in Muscovy"
1989  National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to
         Collections Grant
1989-present UCLA Faculty Research grants, yearly
1988, 1981, 1996, 1997. 1998, 1999, 2002 
        International Research and Exchanges Board Travel
1986-87 International Research and Exchanges Board
         Young Faculty Exchange (Moscow, Leningrad)
         Northwest Russian Hagiography
1980-81  National Endowment for the Humanities Research
         Grant (Afanasii Nikitin's Journey to India)
1973  American Council of Learned Societies East
         European Language Award      
1971-1973  National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship
         (Title IV), Graduate Studies, U. of Michigan




1. Stepennaia kniga tsarskogo rodosloviia po drevneishim spiskam. Teksty i kommentarii v trekh tomakh (The Book of Degrees of the Royal Genealogy: A Critical Edition Based on the Oldest Known Manuscripts. Texts and Commentary in Three Volumes). Iazyki slavianskikh kul'tur, Moscow, 2007-- (597 + 559 + 350 pages)
2. Early Russian Hagiography: The Lives of Prince Fedor the Black.Slavistische Veröffentlichungen Fachbereich Neuere Fremdsprachliche Philologien der Freien Universität Berlin, Band 82. Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 1997. (496 pages)
3. The Martyred Princes Boris and Gleb: A Socio-Cultural Study of the Cult and the Texts. Slavica Publishers, 1989. (168 pages)
4. The Making of the Medieval Russian Journey. University of Michigan, 1978. (266 pages)

Edited Books:
1. The Book of Royal Degrees and the Genesis of Russian Historical Consciousness (With A, M, Kleimola). UCLA SLavic Studies, n.s. vol. 7. Slavica Publishers, Bloomington, Ind. 2011. (348 pp.) 
2. Culture and Identity in Muscovy: 1359-1584 (with. A. M. Kleimola). UCLA Slavic Studies, n.s., vol. 3. Itz-Garant Publishers, Moscow, 1997. (606 pages)

Articles and Reviews:
  1. "Politics and Form in the Stepennaia kniga." The Book of Royal Degrees and the Genesis of Russian Historical Consciousness. Ed. G. Lenhoff and  A.Kleimola. UCLA SLavic Studies, n.s. vol. 7. Slavica Publishers, Bloomington, Ind. 2011:  157-174.
  2. "Evangelie ot Ivana Groznogo." Mesto Rossii v Evrope i Azii. Ed. G. Szak. Tsentr rusistiki: Budapest, 2010: 122-135.
  3. Pierre Gonneau. A l'aube de la Russia moscovite. Serge de Radonege et Andre Roublev. Legendes et images (XIV-XVIIe. siecles) (Paris, 2007). Reviewed in Slavic Review 68/2 (2008): 400-401.
  4. "The Chudov Monastery and the Stepennaia kniga." Religion und Integration im Moskauer Russland. Konzepte und Praktiken und Grenzen 14.-17.Jahrhundert. Ed. L. Steindorff. Harrassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden, 2010: 97-116.
  5. Tom E. Dykstra. Russian Monastic Culture: Josephism and the Iosifo-Volokolamsk Monastery, 1479-1607 (2006). Reviewed in Slavic Review 67/2 (2008): 484-485.
  6. "Stepennaia kniga: zamysel, ideologiia, adresatsiia." Stepennaia kniga po drevneishim spiskam. Iazyki slavianskikh kul'tur: Moscow, 2007: 120-144.
  7. "The Economics of a Medieval Literary Project: Direct and Indirect Costs of Producing the Stepennaia kniga." Festschrift for Richard Hellie. Part I. Eds. Lawrence Langer and Peter Brown. In: Russian History 34, nos. 1-4 (2007): 219-238.
  8. "Iz istorii pochitaniia velikoi kniagini moskovskoi Evdokii." Dukovnyi put' Moskovskoi Rusi. Materialy nauchnoi konferentsii, posviashchennoi 600-letiiu so dnia blazhennoi konchiny prepodobnoi Evdokii-Evfrosinii velikoi kniaginoi Moskovskoi. Fond Evdokii Moskovskoi: Moscow, 2007: 79-87. 
  9. "The Cult of Metropolitan Iona and the Conceptualization of Ecclesiastical Authority in Muscovy." Speculum Slaviae Orientalis: Muscovy, Ruthenia and Lithuania in the Later Middle Ages. Ed. V. V. Ivanov and J. Verkholantsev. UCLA Slavic Studies, n. s. Vol. 4. Novoe izdatel'stvo: Moscow, 2005: 122-143.
  10. "Divine Patronage and Dynasty: Notes on a 1568 Gospel." Novye napravleniia i rezul'taty v mezhdunarodnykh issledovaniiakh rusistiki. Lorand Eotvos University Press, Budapest, 2005: 52-60. 
  11. "Five Theological Subtexts of Stepennaia kniga." Slavia Orthodoxa & Slavia Romana. Essays Presented to Riccardo Picchio...Ed. Harvey Goldblatt. Yale Center for International and Areas Studies: New Haven, Conn., 2005: 177-189.  
  12. "The Construction of Russian History in Stepennaja kniga." Revue des etudes slaves 76/1 (2005): 31-50.
  13. "O bibleiskikh i sviatootecheskikh podtekstakh predisloviia k Stepennoi knige." Obshchestvennaia mysl' i traditsii russkoi dukhovnoi kul'tury...XVI-XX vv. SO RAN: Novosibirsk, 2005: 181-189.
  14. "Book of Degrees." Encyclopedia of Russian History.Ed. James Millar. Vol. 1. Macmillan: New York, 2004: 163-164.
  15. "Boretskaya, Marfa." Encyclopedia of Russian History. Ed. James Millar. Vol. 1. Macmillan: New York, 2004: 164.
  16. "Chronicles." Encyclopedia of Russian History. Ed. James Millar. Vol.1. Macmillan: New York, 2004: 255-256.
  17. "Donskoy. Dmitry." Encyclopedia of Russian History. Ed. James Millar. Vol. 1. Macmillan: New York, 2004: 408-409.
  18. "Hagiography." Encyclopedia of Russian History. Ed. James Millar. Vol. 2. Macmillan: New York, 2004: 623-625.
  19. "Afanasy Nikitin." Encyclopedia of Russian History. Ed. James Millar. Vol. 3. Macmillan: New York, 2004: 1055-1056.
  20. "Temir Aksak's Dream of the Virgin as Protectress of Muscovy." Die Welt der Slaven 49/1 (2004): 39-64.
  21. "The 'Stepennaja kniga' and the Idea of the Book in Medieval Russia." Germano-Slavistische Beitraege. Festschrift fuer Peter Rehder zum 65.Geburtstag. Ed. M. Okuka and U. Schweier. Die Welt der Slaven. Saemmelbaende. Band 21. Otto Sagner: Munich, 2004: 449-458.
  22. "Novgorod's Znamenie Legend in Moscow's Stepennaia kniga." Muscovite Russia... Lorand Eotvos University Press, Budapest, 2004: 178-186.
  23. Vladimir Vodoff. Autour du mythe de la Sainte Russie: Chritianisme, pouvoir et societe ches les slaves orientaux (Xe-XVII siecles) (Paris, 2003). Reviewed in Slavic Review 63/2 (2004):  400-401.
  24. "How the Bones of Plato and Two Kievan Princes Were Baptized: Notes on the Political Theology of the Stepennaja kniga." Welt der Slaven 46, 2 (2001): 313-330.
  25. "The Tale of Tamerlane in the Royal Book of Degrees." The Place of Russia in Eurasia. Lorand Eotvos University Press, Budapest, 2001: 121-129.
  26. Evgenii G. Vodolazkin. Vsemirnaja istorija v literature Drevnej Rus (na materiale chronograficheskogo i palejnogo povestvovanija XI-XV vekov). (2000). Reviewed in Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (2001): 611-612.
  27. "Marfa Boretskaia, Posadnitsa of Novgorod: A Reconsideration of her Legend and her Life." (With Janet Martin). Slavic Review 59, 2 (2000): 343-368.
  28. "The Cult of Saint Nikita the Stylite in Pereslavl' and Among the Muscovite Elite." Fonctions sociales et politiques du culte des saints dans les societes de rite grec et latin au Moyen Age et a l'epoque moderne. Approche comparative. LARHCOR, Warsaw, 1999: 331-346.
  29. "The 'Stixiry Ivana Groznogo' as a Cultural Myth." Essays in Poetics, Literary History and Linguistics. Presented to Vjacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday. OGI, Moscow, 1999: 45-54.
  30. Aleksandr V. Pigin. Aus der Geschichte der russischen Dämonologie des 17.Jahrhunderts: Erzählung der besessenen Frau Solomonija. Untersuchung und Texte (1998). Reviewed in Slavic Review: 928-930 (1999).
  31. "Istochnik rasskaza ob otkrytii moshchej jaroslavskix knjazej v L'vovskoj i Sofijskoj II letopis'jax." Russian History 25, 1-2: 79-88 (1998).
  32. "Unofficial Veneration of the Daniilovichi in Muscovite Rus'. "Culture and Identity in Muscovy: 1359-1584. UCLA Slavic Studies, n.s., vol. III. Itz-Garant Publishers, Moscow, 1997: 391-416.
  33. "Vsja svjatyja pomjanuvshe...": Strategies of Biographical Reconstruction in Muscovite Saints' Lives." Sprache--Text--Geschichte. Festschrift für Klaus-Dieter Seemann. Eds. A. Guski and W. Kosny. Specimina Philologiae Slavicae, Supplementband 56. Otto Sagner, Munich, 1997: 161-173.
  34. "Introduction." (with Ann Kleimola). "Culture and Identity in Muscovy: 1359-1584. UCLA Slavic Studies, n.s., vol. III. Itz-Garant Publishers, Moscow, 1997: 7-10.
  35. Andreas Ebbinghaus. Die altrussischen Marienikonen-Legenden (Slavistische Veröffentlichungen, 1990). Reviewed in Slavic Review 54, 4: 137-1040 (1995).
  36. "Medieval Russian Saints' Lives in Socio-Cultural Perspective." Russian Literature 39. Special Issue "Old Russian Literature." Ed. W.-H. Schmidt: 205-222 (1996).
  37. "Kanonizacija i knjazheskaja vlast' v Severo-Vostochnoj Rusi: kul't Leontija Rostovskogo." Jaroslavskaja starina, vyp. 3: 13-22 (1996).
  38. Paul Hollingsworth, ed. and trans. The Hagiography of Kievan Rus' (Harvard Library of Early Russian Literature, 1992. Reviewed in The Catholic Historical Review (April): 332-333 (1994).
  39. Marcia Morris. Saints and Revolutionaries: The Ascetic Hero in Russian Literature (1993). Review in Zeitschrift für SlavischePhilologie 54, 1: 224-226 (1994).
  40. "Torgovo-xozjajstvennyj i kul'turnyj kontekst Xozhenija za tri morja Afanasija Nikitina." Trudy Otdela drevnerusskoj literatury 47: 95-120 (1993).
  41. "The Notion of Uncorrupted Relics in Early Russian Culture." Christianity and the Eastern Slavs. Volume 1: Slavic Cultures in the Middle Ages. (B. Gasparov, O. R. Hughes, eds.). The University of California Press, 1993: 252-275.
  42. "The Ermolin Chronicle Account of Prince Fedor the Black's Relics and the Annexation of Iaroslavl' in 1463." The Frontier in Russian History (Proceedings of the Conference held at the University of Chicago, May 29-31, 1992). In: Russian History 19, nos. 1-4 (1992). Ed. Richard Hellie: 155-168.
  43. "Die nordostrussische Hagiographie im literarischen Prozess: die Vita des Fürsten Fedor Chernyj." Gattung und Genologie der Slavisch-orthodoxen Literaturen des Mittelalters (Dritte BerlinerFachtagung, 1988). (K.-D. Seemann, ed.). Otto Harrassowitz, 1992: 63-104.
  44. "Canonization and Princely Power in Northeast Rus': The Cult of Leontij Rostovskij." Welt der Slaven 37, 2: 359-380 (1992).
  45. Simon Franklin, ed. and trans. Sermons and Rhetoric of Kievan Rus' (1991). Reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal 36, 3: 86-87 (1992).
  46. "La litterature de la Russie kievienne." Histoire de la litterature russe (E. Etkind, G. Nivat, I. Serman, V. Strada, eds.). Fayard, 1992: 29-58, 742-748, 815-817.
  47. "La litterature de la Russie du nord-est." Histoire de la litterature russe (E. Etkind, G. Nivat, I. Serman, V. Strada, eds.). Fayard, 1992: 125-148, 752-758, 818-820.
  48. Muriel Heppell, trans. The Paterik of the Kievan Caves Monastery (1989). Reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal 35, 1: 138-139 (1991).
  49. "East Slavic Hagiographical Paradigms and Transformations." Semiotica 75, 3-4: 355-358 (1989).
  50. "Problems of Medieval Narrative Typology: The Exemplum." Gattung und Narration in den aelteren slavischen Literaturen. Ed. K.-D. Seemann. Harrassowitz: Berlin, 1987: 109-118.
  51. "Categories of Early Russian Writing." Slavic and East European Review 31/2 (1987): 259-271.
  52. B. M. Kloss, ed. Matematika v izuchenii srednevekovyx povestvovatel'nyx istochnikov. Sbornik statej (1986). Reviewed in Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 37, 1: 116-117 (1989).
  53. "The Commercial and Cultural Context of Afanasij Nikitin's Journey Beyond Three Seas." (With Janet Martin). Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 37, 3: 321-344 (1989).
  54. Boris Gasparov. Poetika 'Slovo o polku Igoreve' (1984). Reviewed in The Russian Review 45, 1: 47-49 (1986).
  55. H. Birnbaum, M. S. Flier, eds. Medieval Russian Culture (1984). Reviewed in Russian History 45, 1: 49-51 (1986).
  56. "The Ordering of Old Russian Narrative: Po rjadu versus Nekako i Smutno." Studia Slavica Mediaevalia et Humanistica Riccardo Picchio Dicata (M. Colucci, G. Dell'Agata, H. Goldblatt, eds.). Edizione Dell-Ateneo, 1986): 413-423.
  57. Wolf-Heinrich Schmidt, ed. Gattungsprobleme der älteren slavischen Literaturen (1984). Reviewed in Slavic Review 44, 1: 575-576 (1985).
  58. "The Liturgical Poetry of Medieval Rus'." Scando-Slavica 29: 21-43 (1984).
  59. "Christian and Pagan Strata in the East Slavic Cult of St. Nicholas." Slavic and East European Journal 28, 2: 147-163 (1984).
  60. "Toward a Theory of Protogenres in Medieval Russian Letters." The Russian Review 43, 1: 31-54 (1984).
  61. "Chronological Error and Irony in Mikhail Bulgakov's Days of the Turbins." Russian Literature and American Critics (K. Brostrom, ed.). Michigan Slavic Publications, 1984: 149-160.
  62. "Trubetzkoy's 'Afanasii Nikitin' Reconsidered." Canadian-American Slavic Studies 18, 3: 377-392 (1984).
  63. "Hellenistic Erotica and the Kiev Cave Patericon 'Tale of Moses the Hungarian'." Russian History 10, 2: 141-153 (1983).
  64. "The Aesthetic Function and Medieval Russian Culture." The Structure of the Literary Process: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Felix Vodicka (M. Cervenka, P. Steiner, R. Vroon, eds.), John Benjamins Publishing Co., 1982: 321-340.
  65. "Three Protoexempla and Their Place in a Thirteenth-Century Pilgrim Book." Slavic Review 4, 4: 603-613 (1981).
  66. S. I. Kotkov, Vygoleksinskij sbornik (1977). Reviewed in Canadian-American Slavic Studies 14, 1: 396-397 (1980).
  67. "Ignatii Smol'nianin in Constantinople: A Lesson in Muscovite Literary Etiquette." Russian History VII, 2: 29-46 (1980).
  68. "Beyond Three Seas: Afanasij Nikitin's Journey from Orthodoxy to Apostasy." East European Quarterly XIII, 4: 431-447 (1979).
  69. Klaus-Dieter Seemann. Die altrussische Wallfahrtsliteratur. Theorie eines literarischen Genres (1976). Reviewed in Canadian-American Slavic Studies 12, 1: 601-602 (1979).
  70. John Fennell, Ludolf Müller, Andrzej Poppe. Russia Mediaevalis III (1977). Reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal 23, 1: 125. (1979).
  71. S. A. Maslix. Russkoe izrascovoe iskusstvo XV-XIX vekov (1976). Reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal 23, 3: 396-397 (1979).
  72. "Kniga Palomnik: A Study in Old Russian Rhetoric." Scando-Slavica 23: 39-61 (1977).
  73. Spectator and Spectacle: The Theater of Okhlopkov." The Drama Review (March): 9-15 (1973).