Prof. Morson's work ranges over a variety of areas: literary theory

(especially narrative); the history of ideas, both Russian and European;

a variety of literary genres (especially satire, utopia, and the

novel); and his favorite writers -- Chekhov, Gogol, and, above all,

Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. He is especially interested in the relation of

literature to philosophy.

Professor Morson has won "best book of the year" awards from the

American Comparative Literature Association and the American Association

of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages; he is a member of

the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and he is the only

Northwestern professor to have held simultaneously two endowed chairs,

one for research and one for teaching.