Polina Decker

Polina Krylova Decker’s (B.A. Yale, Ph.D. Brown) research examines the work of Jorge Luis Borges in a comparative framework. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown, where she was the recipient of the Aron David and Ruth Kossoff Prize for Excellence and Leadership in Teaching. Her dissertation, “Borges and the Avant-garde: A Transatlantic Foundational Exchange, 1919-1923,” engages the early poetry of Borges published in Spanish literary magazines, viewing it in dialogue with germane—primarily Spanish Ultraist—poetic selections, so as to elucidate the crystallization of the Borgesian aesthetic and the overarching unity of his oeuvre. Polina has held research positions at Yale and Harvard, as well as a fellowship at the University of Salamanca in Spain, where she pursued research on the intermarriage of poetry and film. She has presented several papers at conferences and written articles on translation and poetic sensibility, Borges and Osip Mandelstam, the influence of German Expressionists on Borges, Borges’ dialogue with a contemporary, Rafael Cansinos-Assens, as well as Borges’ (mis)reading of Walt Whitman, among other topics. Polina is also a violinist.