Katerina Clark

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Professor of Comparative Literature and of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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Katerina Clark, a native of Australia, has taught at SUNY Buffalo, Wesleyan University, the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University and Berkeley.  Her present book project, tentatively titled Eurasia without Borders?: Leftist Internationalists and Their Cultural Interactions, 1917–1943, looks at attempts in those decades to found a “socialist global ecumene,” which was to be closely allied with the anticolonial cause. Ecumene here is taken in the modern sense to mean a far-flung or world-wide community of people committed to a single cause and engaged in discussions, lobbying and writing or filmmaking aimed at working towards a commons, at generating a common discourse, in this instance largely a Marxist-based one.  The book looks at the interactions during the inter-war years of European culture producers with counterparts in Asia, principally in Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, Northern India, China, Japan and Mongolia.  It analyses works generated in the name of this common cause as it follows the evolution of the putative ecumene over two decades.


B.A. Melbourne University, 1963
M.A. Australian National University, 1966
Ph.D. Yale University, 1971

Research Interests

Russian, European and Eurasian film, literature, performing arts, art, architecture and literary theory; cultural interactions; world literature; art and ideology.

Publication Highlights

The Soviet Novel: History As Ritual (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981).  Paperback edition with a new Afterword, University of Chicago Press, 1985.  Third edition with new and updated Afterword, Indiana University Press, 2000. Russian edition Izdatel’stvo Ekaterinburgskogo universiteta, 2006; Czech translation Academia, the publishing house of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Prague), 2015.

Mikhail Bakhtin (with Michael Holquist) (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press [Harvard University Press], 1984). Second Printing, 1985.  Paperback edition, 1986.  Japanese translation (Serika Shobo, Tokyo), 1990. Italian translation (Il Mulino, Bologna), 1991. Portuguese translation (Editora Perspektiva, Sao Paolo), 1998. Spanish translation (Aguilar, Altea, Taurus, Alfaguara, S.A.), 1998. Chinese translation (People’s University [Renmin Daxue] Press), 1992, 2000.

Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995). Paperback edition, 1998; Russian edition forthcoming January 2016 with Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie; Chinese edition forthcoming with Beijing Yanziyue Culture and Art Studio, 2016.

(With Evgeny Dobrenko) Soviet Culture and Power: A History in Documents, 1917-1953 (documents with commentary) (New Haven: Annals of Communism, Yale University Press, 2007). 

Moscow, the Fourth Rome:  Stalinism, Cosmopolitanism and the Evolution of Soviet Culture, 1931-1941 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011); Russian edition forthcoming January 2016 with Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie; Chinese edition forthcoming with Beijing Yanziyue Culture and Art Studio, 2016.

Research Interests: 
Russian and Slavic Studies
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