Jonathan Bolton


Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Executive Committee,
Faculty Associate

Jonathan Bolton's research crosses back and forth between literary studies and history. His book Worlds of Dissent combines approaches from both disciplines to offer a new approach to the dissident movements in East Central Europe under Communism. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Czech literature, history, and culture, as well as comparative European literatures more generally.

Czech literature, history, and culture;
conceptions and ideologies of Central European identity;
dissent and dissident movements under Communism;
language, narrative form, and political power in first-person writing;
literary theory and theory of literary history.


, Slavic Languages and Literatures
, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Selected Publications

Worlds of Dissent: Charter 77, The Plastic People of the Universe, and Czech Culture under Communism (Harvard UP, 2012). Czech translation: Světy disentu: Charta 77, Plastic People of the Universe a česká kultura za komunismu, trans. Petruška Šustrová (Academia, 2015).

Nový historismus [New Historicism] (Host, 2007).

In the Puppet Gardens: Selected Poems, 1963–2005, by Ivan Wernisch, translated by Jonathan Bolton (Michigan Slavic Publications, 2007).