Lazar Fleishman

Lazar Fleishman

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature
1968: Ph.D., The State University of Tartu and the Latvian State University
1966: The Latvian State University, Russian and Slavic Philology, with honors
1961: The Academy of Music, Riga, USSR

Lazar Fleishman studied at a music school and the Music Academy in Riga, Latvia before graduating from Latvian State University in 1966. His first scholarly papers (on Pushkin, the Russian elegy, and Boris Pasternak) were published during his university years.  He emigrated to Israel in 1974, where his academic career began at the Department for Russian Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was co-founder and co-editor of the series Slavica Hierosolymitana: Slavic Studies of Hebrew University (1977-1984). He was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1978-1979; 1980-1981), The University of Texas at Austin (1981-1982), Harvard, and Yale (1984-1985) before joining the Stanford faculty in 1985. He also taught at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Princeton, Latvian State University, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), and the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests encompass the history of 19th and 20th century Russian literature (especially, Pushkin, Pasternak, and Russian modernism); poetics; literary theory; 20th-century Russian history; Russian émigré literature, journalism and culture. He is the founder of the series Stanford Slavic Studies (1987-present), editor of the series Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures and History (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2007-present) and co-editor of the series Verbal Art: Studies in Poetics (Fordham, formerly Stanford University Press).



(650) 725-0005
Bldg 240, Rm 106

Office Hours

On leave AY 2023-24

Research Interests

  • Autobiography & Biography


  • Cultural History & Studies


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Philosophy and Literature


  • Poetry and Poetics


  • Prose Nonfiction Studies


  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures