Maksim Hanukai


Assistant Professor

Office number: 1448 Van Hise Hall

Language: 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.

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.

• Columbia University, Ph.D. (2014)