Our esteemed colleague Katerina Clark has won MLA’s Matei Calinescu Prize for her book Eurasia without Borders. This is a great honor both for Katy and for the Comparative Literature department.
Below is the wonderful prize citation from the jury:
“Eurasia without Borders: The Dream of a Leftist Literary Commons, 1919–1943 is a brilliantly researched political history of world literature that reveals how writers reimagined Eurasia in response to Soviet internationalism. Katerina Clark argues that Soviet, European, and Asian writers on the Left attempted to create a single cultural space in service of an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-fascist aesthetic. The resulting “socialist literary internationalism” was anything but monolithic, and Clark’s study deftly traces the conflicting pulls of the national and the international, heeding at once Marxist ideological platforms and discrete vernacular or national literary traditions. The book’s rich treatment of internationalism and the role of translation in the formation of a leftist literary commons is deeply resonant within literary studies and contemporary geopolitics alike. Magisterial in scope, lucidly written, and regionally timely, Eurasia without Borders is literary-political history at its best.”