New Literary Geography: Demarginalization of Contemporary Russophone Literature in Israel

Seminar on Russian and Eurasian Jewry
Event Format
In person

The contemporary Russophone Israeli literature is no longer émigré, minor, or marginal. In the world where globalism and cultural neonativism converge, literature reveals new possibilities of expression. Russophone writers in Israel find a way to overwhelm both the traditional Jewish-Russian poetics and the ghetto mentality. The key to their artistic achievements is their deep emotional and intellectual involvement in the Israeli (and through it—the world) life and culture without detachment from the Israeli Russophone community, which they imagine not as a Russian diaspora or immigrant ghetto, but as an integral part of the global, decentralized, networking Russian and Jewish cultures. This unique and complex predicament has produced the works by such authors as Alexander Goldstein, Dina Rubina, Dennis Sobolev, Gali-Dana and Nekod Singer, Mikhail Yudson, Elizaveta Mikhailichenko and Yury Nesis, Alex Tarn, and many others.



Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Additional support for this event provided by the Yanoff-Taylor Lecture and Publication Fund.


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