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Ann Komaromi

Ann Komaromi

Associate Professor
Centre for Comparative Literature
University of Toronto

Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Toronto ON M5S 1K9, Canada

office: Bader Theatre 319 (July 2018- June 2020), Northrop Frye 234

tel: 416-585-4425, fax 416.813.4040

Research Interests:

Much of Komaromi’s work has been focused on alternative publishing, underground (counter-public) networks, and transnational exchange, with a focus on comparing the diverse groups doing underground publishing (samizdat) in the late Soviet Union. She studies Soviet Jewish activism as one provocative example of the pluralization of the dissident sphere, and she considers the symbolic exchanges involved in the interaction among Soviet Jewish activists (including refuseniks) and their supporters in the West.

Komaromi is interested in the translation of avant-garde poetics from the revolutionary to the post-utopian era to fashion new forms of imagination of authorship and readership from print to non-print modes of the text in recent decades. This has driven her interest in the digital humanities, and it is at the heart of a current project to compare the neo-avant-garde poetics of the Leningrad samizdat journal 37 and the Parisian journal Tel Quel. In that project, she compares the post-structuralist and post-utopian approaches to the poetic word and writing, looking back to Mallarmé and Mandelshtam.

Selected Publications:

Uncensored: Samizdat Novels and the Quest for Autonomy in Soviet Dissidence , Northwestern University Press, 2015.

Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat , an electronic archive at the University of Toronto Libraries (2015),

We Are Jews Again. Jewish Activism in the Soviet Union , by Yuli Kosharovsky, Edited by Ann Komaromi, Syracuse University Press, 2017.

A. Komaromi and G. Kuzovkin, Katalog periodiki Samizdata, 1956-1986 (A Catalog of Samizdat Periodicals, 1956-1986), Moscow: Mezhdunarodnyi Memorial, 2018.


Ph. D., The University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2001
M. A., The University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1997
B. A., Northwestern University, 1994

Current Projects:

Current projects include a co-authored account of underground Jewish life in Leningrad with Dr. Michael Beizer of Hebrew University, and a comparative study of the use of trash and discarded objects in art works and museum exhibits, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, Tadeusz Kantor, Ilya Kabakov, and exhibits in Holocaust museums.

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