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Harriet Murav

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, 1985


“Scandalous Folly: The Discourse of Iurodstvo in the works of Dostoevsky”
Professor,, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Honors and Awards:
Phi Beta Kappa, 1975
Fulbright Fellowship, 1982
Whiting Fellowship, 1982 and 1983
IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board), 1983, 1989, 1992, 1996
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, 1985
Fellow, Davis Humanities Institute, 1992
UC Davis Faculty Development Award, Winter, 1997
California Council for the Humanities, 1997
MLA Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1999
UIUC Mellon Fellowship, Fall 2004

John Simon Guggenheim Award for "Music on a Speeding Train: Soviet Yiddish and Russian-Jewish Literature of the Twentieth Century;" for academic year 06-07
CAS Fellowship for "Music on a Speeding Train: Soviet Yiddish and Russian-Jewish Literature of the Twentieth Century;" for Fall 06
Co-PI, National Endowment for the Arts Big Read 2008

Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 2012-2013

New Research:
"Marking Time" a book-length study of the Yiddish author  David Bergelson in the context of early twentieth century theoretical and artistic inquiries about memory, time, and consciousness.


Holy Foolishness: Dostoevsky’s Novels & the Poetics of Cultural Critique (Stanford University Press, 1992).
Russia’s Legal Fictions (University of Michigan Press, 1998). Series on “Law, Meaning, and Violence.” Winner, MLA 1999 Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Identity Theft: The Jew in Imperial Russia and the Case of Avraam Uri Kovner (Stanford University Press, 2003).

Music From  a Speeding Train: Jewish Literature in Post-Revolution Russia (Stanford University Press, 2011).

Jews in the East European Borderlands: Essays in Honor of John Klier, co-edited  with Eugene Avrutin, with Introduction by Avrutin and Murav (Academic Studies Press, 2012).           


Photographing the Jewish Nation:Pictures from S. An-sky's Ethnographic Expedition, Co-Edited with Eugene Avrutin and Petersburg Judaica, trans. by Harriet Murav (Brandeis University Press, 2009). Finalist, National Jewish Book Award, 2009.


Recent Articles:

“Marking Time: Bergson and Bergelson,” in Marion Aptroot, Efrat Gal-Ed, Roland Gruschka and Simon Neuberg, eds. Leket. Jiddistik heute | Yiddish Studies Today | Yidishe shtudyes haynt .Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Press (dup), September 2012


“Kosmopoliten" [Cosmopolitanism), in Enzyklopaedie juedischer Geschichte und Kultur, Volume 3, forthcoming 2012.


"Ilya Kabakov and the (Traumatic) Void of Soviet History," Slavonica (17:2), November, 2011" 123-34.


“Bergelson, Benjamin, and Berlin: Justice Deferred,” In J. Schulte, O. Tabachnikova & P. Wagstaff, eds., The Russian Jewish  Diaspora and European Culture (1917-1937). (Leiden & Boston MA: Brill, 2012)


“Dostoevsky and the Law,” In Austin Sarat, Catherine O. Frank, Matthew Daniel Anderson, eds., Teaching Law and Literature (Modern Language Association of America, 2011)


"Peretz Markish in the 1930s: Socialist Construction and the Return of the Luftmentsh," In Gennady Estraikh and David Shneer, eds., Perets Markish: Captive of the Dawn, Oxford: Legenda Press, 2010: 112-124.