Maksim Hanukai
Assistant Professor, Slavic

Languages: Russian

Research/Language Interests:  Romanticism and its legacies, late and post-Soviet culture and society, theater and performance, intersections between literature and contemporary art, aesthetics and critical theory, political theology and biopolitics, translation theory and practice.

Education: Ph.D. Columbia University, 2014

Undergraduate Courses: LT220/420: Chekhov, T222/SL422: Dostoevsky, LT240/SL440: Soviet Literature, SL322: Fourth-Year Russian II, SL560: Capstone Seminar, LT247/SL245: Literature and Revolution

Graduate Courses: SL703: Russian Romanticism, SL801: Critical Theory and Practice, SL900: Contemporary Russian Performance

About Me:

My research falls into three main areas: Russian Romanticism in its European context, late and post-Soviet literature and culture, and Russian theater and performance. I am currently working on two monographs: a study of Alexander Pushkin’s sense of the tragic and a second study that examines the intersection of performance and politics in contemporary Russia. While treating different genres and periods, all of my work explores 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 society 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)

“Resurrection by Surrogation: Spectral Performance in Putin’s Russia,” submitted to The Slavic Review.

New Russian Drama: An Anthology, eds. Maksim Hanukai and Susanna Weygandt (Columbia University Press, 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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