Harriet Murav

CAS Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures

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Harriet Murav, a literary scholar, is the Catherine and Bruce Bastian professor of Global and Transnational Studies, with a joint appointment in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature. Her research focuses on Russian and Yiddish literature. She is the author of Holy Foolishness: Dostoevsky's Novels & the Poetics of Cultural Critique (1992), Russia's Legal Fictions (1998); Identity Theft: The Jew in Imperial Russia and the Case of Avraam Uri Kovner ( 2003); Music From a Speeding Train: Jewish Literature in Post-Revolution Russia (2011), and David Bergelson’s Strange New World: Untimeliness and Futurity (2109). She is the co-translator, with Sasha Senderovich, of David Bergelson’s Judgment (2017), and with Sholem Berger, of a trio of poems by the Yiddish poet Leyb Kvitko. She was awarded the MLA Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1999, a Guggenheim in 2006, a Marta Sutton Weeks Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center in 2012, and a University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Fellowship in 2020. Her new project is Hefker: The Literature of Abandonment and the Russian Civil War. She is thinking about the overlap between phenomenology and Yiddish and Russian poetry and theory of the 1920s: how poets, like phenomenologists, bracket everything except a single dimension of immediate experience, and how experimental poetic language, particularly sound, transfers experience to readers. She is the editor of Slavic Review.