January 2023

MLA Publication Award

“‘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,” the award citation reads. “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, and 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.”

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June 2022

The faculty, students, alumnae, alumni, and friends of Yale’s Slavic Department mourn the passing of Robert Louis Jackson, B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, and one of the five founders of our department.  Professor Jackson was an internationally renowned scholar of the 19th and early 20th  the Russian novel and short story, especially the works of Dostoevsky and Chekhov.  He died on May 3, 2022 at the age of 98.  

A public memorial service will be announced at a later date, and will be connected with the publication of Professor Jackson’s last book, “Essays on Anton P. Chekhov: Close Readings by Robert Louis Jackson,” forthcoming with Academic Studies Press.

Please see the Yale In Memoriam page and the obituary in The Provincetown Independent.  Here is The Tribute to Professor Jackson based on the memories and comments of his students, collaborators, and colleagues.

February 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the First Russian Language Olympiad for American Students hosted by St. Petersburg State University, Russia!

news img155 students from 34 US universities and colleges competed in the 2021 Olympiad.  The Yale Slavic Department had the largest number of medalists – ten.  Four of our students won First Place in various categories: Jem Burch, Max Heimowitz, Veronika Denner, and Anne Northup.  Six students won Second Place: Andy Pantoja Valerio, Genki Ono, Renee Deminne, Elise Lieberman, Eden Gorevoy and Raisha Waller. Jack Leydiker received a special prize.  We are very proud of our excellent students!