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Ivan Schneider started his career working on database projects as a high school student in northern New Jersey. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a major in information and decision systems and a minor in music.

Ivan worked for an advertising research firm in New York for a few years, and then went to Vanderbilt for an MBA in finance and accounting. Then, he studied the Japanese language through an intensive one-year course at Cornell.

After taking up freelance journalism in Tokyo, Ivan returned to New York to become an editor for Bank Systems & Technology, a trade publication for senior-level bank executives.

A move to the Boston-area office brought Ivan into close proximity to the Harvard campus. He enrolled in the graduate program at Harvard Extension School, taking classes toward a concentration in foreign literature and culture.

In 2007, Ivan started an independent writing practice. He writes case studies, whitepapers, and company newsletters for global technology firms.

In 2012, Ivan earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies from Harvard University.

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the literature of talking dogs


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"Narrative Complexity in the Talking-Dog Stories of Cervantes, Hoffmann, Gogol, Bulgakov, and Kafka"

A Thesis in the Field of Foreign Literature, Language, and Culture for the Degree of Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, Harvard University, March 2012

With the intent of developing a method for classifying talking-dog stories of critical interest, this thesis evaluates the extent, degree, and type of narrative complexity within the talking-dog stories of five canonical authors in world literature: “The Dogs’ Colloquy” by Miguel de Cervantes, “A Report on the Latest Adventures of the Dog Berganza” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, “Diary of a Madman” by Nikolai Gogol, Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, and “Researches of a Dog” by Franz Kafka.

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