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 (2019). 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, a University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Fellowship in 2020, and an NEH translation fellowship in 2023 for her joint project with Sasha Senderovich, In the Shadow of the Holocaust, an anthology of translations from Russian and Yiddish. Her most recent book is As the Dust of the Earth: The Literature of Abandonment in Revolutionary Russia and Ukraine, forthcoming in 2024.