Maksim Hanukai
Assistant Professor, Slavic

Languages: Russian

Research/Language Interests:  Russian Romanticism in its European context, post-Soviet literature and culture, and Russian theater and performance

Education: Ph.D. Columbia University, 2014

Undergraduate Courses: LT220/420: Chekhov, T222/SL422: Dostoevsky, LT240/SL440: Soviet Literature, SL560: Capstone Seminar

Graduate Courses: SL703: Russian Romanticism; SL801: Critical Theory and Practice

About Me:

My research falls into three main areas: Russian Romanticism in its European context, post-Soviet literature and culture, and Russian theater and performance. I am currently working on two book-length projects: a study of Alexander Pushkin’s sense of the tragic and a second study that examines the proliferation of documentary practices in post-Soviet culture. In addition, I am working on a new anthology of plays from the New Russian Drama, which will soon be published by Columbia University Press. While treating different genres and periods, all of these projects explore a number of shared problems and themes: the process of cultural transfer and translation, the refraction of history and ideas through art, the emergence of new artistic movements and their impact on culture and politics, and manifestations of performativity across media. In addition to my academic work, I occasionally work as a literary translator and dramaturge.

Selected Publications:

Pushkin’s Tragic Visions (book manuscript in preparation)

New Russian Drama: An Anthology, eds. Maksim Hanukai and Susanna Weygandt (forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2019)

“After the Riot: Teatr.doc and the Performance of Witness,” in TDR/The Drama Review 61.1 (Spring 2017), 43-55.

“Tragedy in the Balkans: Pushkin’s Critique of Romantic Ideology in The Gypsies,” in Pushkin Review 18-19 (2015-2016), 107-133.

“The Disenchantment of Poetry: Pushkin’s Egyptian Nights,” in Ulbandus 12 (2009/10), 63-82.


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