Alisa Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature, Russian theater and performance, and Russian philosophy. Her work also intersects with theater phenomenology, theater and cognitive science, and the relationship between philosophy and literary forms.
Lin is working on a monograph on the actor's consciousness in Russian modernist philosophy of theater. The book investigates how artists and intellectuals in 1900s-1930s Russia conceived of the physical, psychological, and philosophical relationships between actor and audience and between actor and role in the theater. It looks at the work of a range of theater figures, including director-theorists Konstantin Stanislavsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Nikolai Evreinov, and Alexander Tairov; philosopher Gustav Shpet; and prose writer and playwright Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.
She is also developing a project on theater and religion across Russia and Eastern Europe.
Additional research interests include Russian, Polish, and Czech film and visual culture; consciousness and cognition in the theater; authorship; realism; emotion and affect; and Soviet subjectivity.
Lin's translation of Krzhizhanovsky's play That Third Guy (1937) and his writings on theater is forthcoming with University of Wisconsin Press in August 2018.