About

As a comparatist, I am interested in the intersection of politics, history, and literature. The transnational phenomena of communism, anti-communism and nationalism during and in the aftermath of the Cold War are at the center of my research. I have published extensively on Soviet culture and history, Russo-German relations, and on Cold War Mexican culture and history. Moreover, I am also interested in Jewish culture in 20th century Europe and the Americas. I am the author of two books and my research articles have been published by international journals such as Comparative Literature Studies, German Life and Letters, European Review of History, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Literatura Mexicana and Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung.

Education

University of Bamberg, Dr. habil. (Habilitation) in Literature and Media Studies

Aarhus University, PhD in Comparative Literature

Free University Berlin, M.A. in Eastern European Studies

Other Publications

“Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Cold War lcon, Gulag Author, Russian Nationalist? A Study of the Western Reception of his Literary Writings, Historical Interpretations, and Political Ideas”, Series editor: Andreas Umland, Series: Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, Vol. 131, ibidem Press, Stuttgart, 2014. Print. https://www.ibidem.eu/de/alexander-solzhenitsyn-cold-war-icon-gulag-author-russian-nationalist-9783838205892.html
[My book was reviewed here: Madigan, Patrick. Heythrop Journal, Vol. 62, No.1, 2021, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/heyj.13714; Gogin, Sergei, Рецензия, Неприкосновенный запас, Nr. 1, 2016, http://magazines.russ.ru/nz/2016/1/recenzii.html]. (#2018Solzhenitsyn)

“The Memorial as a Magnifying Glass: Interpreting the Stalin Plaque in Vienna”, in: German Life and Letters, Vol. 68, Nr. 3, DOI: 10.1111-glal.12089, Juli 2015. Print; Online.

“From Utopia to Dystopia: Bukharin and the Soviet Constitution of 1936”, in: Jonas Ross Kjærgård, Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (eds.): Discursive Framings of Human Rights. Negotiating Agency and Victimhood, Routledge, London, 2016. Print.
[This work was reviewed here: Zanoni, Roberta. “Book Review.” Pólemos, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 477-486, 2017.]

“Anti-Semitism in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Work and its Reception” [in German], in: Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung, Vol. 25, 2016. Print. (#2018Solzhenitsyn)

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela”, in: Wasafiri, Vol. 32, No. 1, p. 91-93, 2017. Print. Online.

“Anti-Communism, Communism, and Anti-Interventionism in Narratives Surrounding the Student Massacre on Tlatelolco Square (Mexico, 1968)”, in: Bulletin of Latin American Research, DOI:10.1111/blar.12783, (Early view) May 2018. Online. Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 82-96, January 2019. Print. (#2deoctubre)

“An Analysis of The Transparent Symbols as a Degenerative Satire of the Student Massacre in Tlatelolco” [in Spanish], in: Literatura Mexicana, DOI: 10.19130/iifl.litmex.29.2.2018.1131, Vol. 29, No. 2, July 2018. Print; Online. (#2deoctubre)

Modernidad y violencia de Oliva Solís y Stefan Gandler (coord.)” [in Spanish], in: iMex. México Interdisciplinario / Interdisciplinary Mexico, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2018. Online.

Understanding Yiddish Movies: Religious Symbols and Cultural Context [in German], Series: Bamberger Studien zu Literatur, Kultur und Medien, ISBN: 978-3-86309-583-3, Vol. 24, University of Bamberg Press, Bamberg, 2018. Print. Online.

“Social and Gender Relations in Mexican Literature about 1968” [in German], in: Ute Franz (ed.): Kolloquium Forschende Frauen 2018: Beiträge Bamberger Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen, Vol. 10, eISBN: 9783863096397, pp. 173-190, University of Bamberg Press, Bamberg, 2019. Online.

“The Stalin Plaque in Vienna: Hiding and Showing History”, European Review of History, Vol. 26, No. 6, December 2019. Print. DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2018.1505832 . September 2018. Online. Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 409-427, April 2019. Print. [Media impact: The research contained in this article was quoted in the Spanish journal El País Semanal: https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/11/eps/1539279891_039242.html ]

“‘For their freedom and ours’, Retelling the Soviet Union’s 1968” [In Spanish], in: Letras Libres, https://www.letraslibres.com/mexico/historia/un-recuento-del-68-sovietico, October 2018. Online.

March 1917 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn”, in: Slavic Review, Vol. 78, No. 2, Summer 2019. Online and Print.

“‘Against all imperialisms’: Solidarity with Czechoslovakia 1968” [in German], in: 1968: Ideenkonflikte in globalen Archiven, http://www.literaturarchiv1968.de/content/contra-todos-los-imperialismos-solidaritaet-mit-der-tschechoslowakei-1968/, March 2020.

“Who is the Enemy Here? Allies and Enemies in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Representation of Germany” [in German], in: German Life and Letters, ISSN: 0016-8777, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/glal.12265 Vol. 73, No. 2, pp. 312-338, April 2020. Print. Web.


“Redefining the Outsider: Anti-Communist Narratives and the Student Massacre in Tlatelolco (1968)” Christian Gerlach; Clemens Six (eds.): The Palgrave Handbook of Anti-Communist Persecutions, ISBN: 9783030549626, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 203-223, 2020.

“Blood Carnival and its Variations in Mexican and Soviet Subversive Satires by René Avilés and Fazil Iskander”, Comparative Literature Studies, ISSN: 0010-4132, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 397-430, 2021.

“Going Where? The Trope of Migration in Yiddish Movies from 1939”, in: Katalin Rac; Lenny Ureña Valerio, (eds.): Jewish Experiences in the Americas: Local Histories through Global Lenses, ISBN: 9781683402565, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, pp. 201-223, 2022.

“‘This does not interest the court!’: The 1966 Soviet Satire Trial and its Persistent Legacy”, HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, Special Issue on Humor and the Law, ISSN: 1613-3722, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 415-446, 2022.

“One Day in the Life of the Prison Nation: José Revueltas’ and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Penal Microcosms”, in: CompLit. Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society, ISSN: 2782-0874, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 107-132, 2022.











Blog Posts

    Projects

    Postdoc research (Habilitation 2016-2023) at Bamberg University:

    “Subversive Satire in the USSR and Mexico”

    In April 2023, I submitted my Habilitation thesis about satirical discussions of state crimes in the Soviet Union and 20th century Mexico. The Habilitation process concluded on 25 October 2023 and I was awarded the Dr. habil. degree.

    Latest publications:

    Kriza, Elisa. “One Day in the Life of the Prison Nation. José Revueltas’ and Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Penal Microcosms”, CompLit. Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society, ISSN: 2780-2523, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 107-132, 2022.

    Kriza, Elisa.“‘This does not interest the court!’: The 1966 Soviet Satire Trial and its Persistent Legacy”, HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, Special Issue on Humor and the Law, ISSN: 1613-3722, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 415-446, 2022.

    Kriza, Elisa. “Blood Carnival and Its Variations in Mexican and Soviet Subversive Satires by René Avilés and Fazil Iskander.” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 58 no. 2, 2021, p. 397-430. Project MUSE muse.jhu.edu/article/794578.

    Past projects:

    “Solzhenitsyn’s Centenary” (#2018Solzhenitsyn)

    Media appearances:

    BBC World Service “The Forum: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn”, 13 December 2018, URL: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswpt2

    RBB Radio Berlin Brandenburg “100. Geburtstag Alexander Issajewitsch Solschenizyn Von Dunja Welke”, 1 December 2018, URL: https://www.kulturradio.de/

    Oral presentations related to this project:

    “The Prison and the Pen: Comparative Analysis of Political Prison Narratives from Mexico and Russia” (Barcelona, 2018)

    “The Great Russian Writer and Greater Russia: The Definition of the Russian Nation in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Non-Fiction” (London, 2018)

    „Alexander Solschenizyns Werk und seine Rezeption in seinem hundertsten Geburtsjahr“ (Bamberg, 2018)

    “50 Years Tlatelolco Massacre” (#2deoctubre)

    Media Appearance:

    Interview with Girla Castillo and Edna Guerrero about the Tlatelolco Massacre and its memory (in Spanish) for the radio program “Sin Fronteras”, Radio Z, 28 September 2018. (http://www.radio-z.net/de/)

    Oral presentations related to this project:

    “The Prison and the Pen: Comparative Analysis of Political Prison Narratives from Mexico and Russia” (Barcelona, 2018)

    „Gesellschafts- und Geschlechterbeziehungen in der mexikanischen 68er-Literatur“ (Bamberg, 2018)

    “Representations of Class, Race, and Nation in Literary Discussions of Student Agency in the Mexican Student Movement of 1968” (London, 2018) (#Americas68)



    “Reframing Nationalism and Communism in the Mexican Student Movement of 1968” (Bayreuth, 2018)

    Project on the Stalin Memorial Plaque in Vienna (2014-2015)


    “The Stalin Plaque in Vienna: Hiding and Showing History”, European Review of History, ISSN: 1350-7486, September 2018 (Online); Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 409-427, June 2019 (Print).

    “The Memorial as a Magnifying Glass: Interpreting the Stalin Plaque in Vienna”, in: German Life and Letters, ISSN: 0016-8777, Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 406-426, July 2015.









    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    You can listen to my talk about Yiddish language movies from 1939 given at the “Jews in the Americas” Conference in Gainesville, Florida, here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZhrgVklaHE

    You can learn more about my research on Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the radio programme “The Forum: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn” in the BBC World Service: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswpt2 (available from 13 December 2018).

     

    You can see one of my conference presentations at the “Nationalisms in the post-soviet space: logics, ethics, practices” Conference in Moscow in November 2016 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npqpySD3kg0&index=10&list=PLh_kg973VFp19nV3wnYLFRHGbSSeoO7MO

    Memberships

    Member of the executive committee of the European Society of Comparative Literature

    Affiliated Scholar of the Research Network “SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory” of the University of Turku (Finland)

    Regular member of the Association of Historians with a Focus on Eastern Europe (VOH), and the German Society of Media Studies.

    Assistant Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal CompLit: Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society (ISSN: 2780-2523, Classiques Garnier, France)

    Member of the advisory board of the international peer-reviewed journal Studia Rossica Posnaniensia (ISSN: 0081-6884).




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