Professor West specializes in Russian literature, philosophy and art, especially in the early 19th and early 20th centuries. His interests include European, Classical and other influences on Russian culture; specialized approaches to poetry; Russian language; and translation theory and practice.
- James West. The Icon and the Word: Literature and Painitng Russian Culture. (Provisionally accepted for publication by University of Washington Press, funding sought for illustrations).
- James West. The Russian Idea: Russian Philosophical Nationalism Since 1880. In progress.
- James West, co-author. In Living Memory: The Persistence of Traditional Images in Russian Visual Culture. (Outline accepted by American Academic Press, under consideration by Rizzoli). In progress.
Research Advised: Undergraduate Honors Theses
- Aitova, Diana. On the significance of etiquette in Russian literature of the XIX century: the case of duels and balls. Honors Thesis, 2009.
- Mikhalchenko, Marina. Kitezh: the Geological, Literary and Etnographic Search After the Russian Atlantis. Honors Thesis, 2009.
- Blum, Jared J. Social and Moral Criticism in Russia Under Nicholas I, 1825-1855. Honors Thesis, 2000.
- Campbell, Thomas Harlan. Revue: A Poetic Translation of Joseph Brodsky's Представление with Commentaries in Russian and English. Honors Thesis, 1996.
- Colbath, Christopher. Psyche and the Lieutenant's Wife: the Divine Feminine in the Works of Ivanov and Bely. Honors Thesis, 1993.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Yuzefpolskaya, Sofiya. The Pulse of Time: Immortality and the Word in the Poetry of Arsenii Tarkovskii. Diss., 2005.
- Tapp, Linda S. Sacrificing the intelligentsia: Paradigms of spiritual renewal in Bely and Babel. Diss., 2000.
- Hoogen, Marilyn M. Igor Stravinsky, Nikolai Roerich, and the healing power of paganism. "The Rite of Spring" as ecstatic ritual of renewal for the Twentieth Century. Diss., 1997.
- Graber, David S. National solutions to cultural decline in Russian, Polish and German literature at the end of the Great War: Russian Scythianism, Waclaw Berent's Living Stones, and Thomas Mann's Reflections. Diss., 1996.
- Lee, Hyung-Goo. How "Authentic" was Russian Neo-Classicism?: A Re-Examination of the Sources and Dissemination of Classical Knowledge in Russia and the Problem of Literary Taste. Diss., 1995.
- Rudova, Larissa V. Pasternak's Short Fiction and the Cultural Avant-Garde. Diss., 1989.
- LeBlanc, Ronald D. The Transplantation of Gil Blas: Problems in the Rise of the Russian Novel. Diss., 1984.
- Lilly, Ian K. The Lyric Poetry of N.M. Jazykov: A Periodization Using Objective Criteria. Diss., 1977.
- RUSS 220 B: Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History: Sex, Saints, Satanism, Savagery and Synaesthesia: The Seamy Side of the Silver Age in Russian Culture - Course Website
- RUSS 304 A: Reading And Translation
- RUSS 420 B: Topics In Russian Literary And Cultural History: Sex, Saints, Satanism, Savagery and Synaesthesia: The Seamy Side of the Silver Age in Russian Culture - Course Website
- RUSS 502 A: Russian Translation
- West awarded NEH Digital Humanities Grant - June 6, 2012