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Maxim D. Shrayer

Maxim D. Shrayer
Professor, Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures Department; English Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. Yale University

Modern Russian and Soviet literature and culture; modern Jewish literature in Diaspora; emigration and identity; literary translation; creative writing. A bilingual poet, prose writer, and translator, Shrayer was born in Moscow. He spent nine years as a refusenik with his family and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Founding co-director of Boston College's Jewish Studies Program. His books include The World of Nabokov’s Stories, Russian Poet/Soviet Jew, Genrikh Sapgir: An Avant-Garde Classic, and Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration, a literary memoir. Shrayer’s Anthology of Jewish-Russian Literature won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in East European Studies. He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation. Courses have included: "Exile and Literature"; "Tolstoy and Dostoevsky"; "Nabokov"; "Jewish Writers in Russia and America"; "Classics of Russian Literature" and "Twentieth-Century Russian Literature."

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