Harriet Lisa Murav

 Harriet Murav

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Selected Publications


Holy Foolishness: Dostoevsky's Novels & the Poetics of Cultural Critique Stanford Stanford University press 1992.
Russia's Legal Fictions University of Michigan Press 1998.
Identity Theft: The Jew in Imperial Russia and the Case of Avraam Uri Kovner Stanford University press 2003.
Music from a Speeding Train: Russian Jewish and Soviet Yiddish Literature of the 20th Century Stanford University Press (under contract) 2011.

Journal Articles

Real Men and Phantom Stories: Violence and Prosthesis in Soviet War Literature Ab imperio 4 2008, p. 521-537.
"Violating the Canon: Reading Der Nister with Vasilii Grossman Slavic Review 76 3 2008, p. 642-661.
Ilya Kabakov and the (Traumatic) Void of Soviet History Slavonica 17 2 2011.
The Past as a Problem in Sovetish heymland Lekhaim 2010.
Dangerous Universalism: Re-Reading Solzhenitsyn's Dvesti let vmeste NLO 2010.

Edited Books

Avrutin, Eugene M, Valerii Dymshits, Alexander Ivanov, Alexander Lvov, and Harriet Murav Photographing the Jewish Nation: Pictures from S. An-sky's Ethnographic Expeditions (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series) Brandeis University Press 2009.

Book Contributions

Introduction Jews in the East European Borderlands: Essays in Honor of John Klier Introduction 2012.
Marking Time: Bergson and Bergelson Leket. Jiddistik heute Marking Time: Bergson and Bergelson 2012.
Bergelson, Benjamin, and Berlin: Justice Deferred The Russian Jewish Diaspora and European Culture (1917-1937) Bergelson, Benjamin, and Berlin: Justice Deferred 2012.
Dostoevsky and the Law Teaching Law and Literature Dostoevsky and the Law 2011.
Peretz Markish in the 1930s: Socialist Construction and the Return of the Luftmentsh Perets Markish: Captive of the Dawn Peretz Markish in the 1930s: Socialist Construction and the Return of the Luftmentsh Oxford Legenda Press 2010, p. 112-124.
Red Zion Post-Communist Nostalgia Red Zion 2010.

Encyclopedia Entries

Kosmopoliten Enzyklopaedie juedischer Geschichte und Kultur 2012.

In The News

  • Professor Harriet Murav has been appointed as a Professor in the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois.

  • Professor Harriet Murav has been awarded an IPRH faculty fellowship for academic year 2020-21 for her book project "Archive of Violence: The Literature of Abandonment and the Russian Civil War." 

  • Slavic faculty have been busy, and the fruits of their labor are a robust harvest of books. Since the beginning of the year, four books have been published that were authored, edited, and/or translated by Slavic faculty members.

  • Professor Harriet Murav has been named the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She will also give the address at the SLCL Convocation ceremony on May 11.

  • On November 8, UIUC is hosting a workshop focused on the Kiev Kultur-Lige, organized by Harriet Murav and Gennady Estraikh (NYU). The workshop will take place in 109 English Building and is open to the public.