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    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), which received Honorable Mention from the MLA Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies. She is the co-translator, with Sasha Senderovich, of David Bergelson’s Judgment (2017), and has a new translation project with Senderovich: In the Shadow of the War: Russian Jewish Writers after the Holocaust. Her study of the literary and documentary response to the pogroms of the Russian Civil War, As the Dust of the Earth: The Literature of Abandonment in Revolutionary Russia and Ukraine, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. Her new project explores the experience of waiting and temporal distortion under conditions of war and occupation.


    BA and MA, University of Chicago

    PhD, Stanford University, Comparative Literature, 1985.

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      Beginning a new study of time, waiting, late time, contagion time, wartime in poetry and prose, including Yiddish, Russian, and English. Henri Bergson and Eugéne Minkowski are key interlocutors.

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