Recent Publications

Sing-chen Lydia Chiang

“Visions of Happiness: Daoist Utopias and Grotto Paradises in Early and Medieval Chinese Tales,” Utopian Studies (2009) 20.1.

“Poetry and Fictionality in Tang Records of Anomalies,” T’ang Studies 23/24 [backdated 2005–2006]: 91–117.

“Daoist Transcendence and Literati Identity in Records of Mysterious Anomalies by Niu Sengru (780–848),” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, and Reviews 29 (2007): 1–21. 

[review of] Judith Zeitlin, The Phantom Heroine: Ghosts and Gender in Seventeenth-century Chinese LiteratureChinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 30 (2008): 187–192.

[review of] Martin W. Huang. Negotiating Masculinities in Late Imperial China, Ming Studies 56 (2007): 94–101

[review of] Wilt L. Idema, Wait-yee Li, and Ellen Widmer, editors, Trauma and Transcendence in Early Qing Literature, Journal of Chinese Studies 46 (2006): 438–443.

M. J. Connolly

Kidnapping the Gospel. in: Netzer, Nancy: Sacred | secular. 11th-16th century. Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (McMullen Museum of Art/ Boston College) Chestnut Hill MA, 2006. pp.92-97, obj 77a-80 

Structural expression in the Armenian anaphora. in Connolly, M.J. [ed]: Armenian spirituality: A contextual study for our time. Papers from an international conference at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Geneva (Switzerland). (Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia) Antelia (Lebanon), in preparation.  

Language at prayer: Studies in the language of liturgy. in preparation, edc 2008  

A grammar for Classical Armenian. an updating of Antoine Meillet’s Altarmenisches Elementarbuch, in test use earlier work has included: text editions for the Carmina Burana (Boston Camerata) and the Latin motets of Joannes Ciconia (Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre); Latin legal pronunciations and foreign entries for Black’s law dictionary 5th and 6th editions.

Franck Salameh


The Other Middle East; An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature, Yale University Press, (forthcoming, September 2017)

Charles Corm; An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese “Young Phoenician”, Lexington Books, 2015

Charles Corm’s 6000 Years of Peaceful Contributions to Mankind, Éditions de la Revue Phénicienne, 2013

Language Memory and Identity in the Middle East; The Case for Lebanon, Lexington Books, 2010

Selected Academic Articles

Lebanese Jews Between Rootedness and Exile; Braving World War II, the Holocaust, and their AftermathThe Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Volume VII, Number 3-4, Winter 2016

Fragments of Lives Arrested; A Memoir of Lebanon’s Jewish CommunityMiddle Eastern Studies, Volume 52, Issue 4, July 2016, pp. 567-587

The Beirut Jewish Community and Early Twentieth Century Lebanese NationalismThe Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Volume VI, Number 3-4, Winter 2015, pp. 293-310

Adonis, the Syrian Crisis, and the Question of Pluralism in the Levant, Bustan; the Middle East Book Review, Volume III, Number 1, Spring 2012, pp. 36-61

Does Anyone Speak Arabic? The Middle East Quarterly, Volume XVIII, Number 4, Fall 2011, pp. 47-60

Towards a New Ecology of Middle Eastern Identities, Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 47, Number 2, 2011, pp. 237-353

“You Have Your Lebanon, and I Have Mine,” Rocznik Orientalistyczny, Volume 61, Number 1, 2008, pp. 34-43

Selected Essays and Opinion Editorials

Al-Majalla (Arabic)

The Lebanese Prophecy, July 2014 issue

The Jerusalem Post:

Dhimmitude at its Most Lurid and Grandiose; A Sad Sign of the Times, January 27, 2016

On Islamic State, Kryptonite, Verbal Promiscuity, and the Suicide of Civilization, November 25, 2015

On Presidential Howlers, Omissions, and Distortions, February 10, 2015

Messy Politics at the Middle East Studies Association, December 4, 2014

Trampled in Abraham’s Dust; The Destruction of Near Eastern Christianity, July 25, 2014

The Lights are Dimmer over Middle East Studies Tonight, June 25, 2014

Syria; The History of a Name, September 23, 2013

Thoughts on ‘The Innocence of Muslims’, September 23, 2012

The National Interest:

ISIS and the Islamophobia Fallacy, August 2, 2016

The Alawites, Ethnic Cleansing, and Syria’s Future, September 30, 2013

Lebanon’s Resilience, April 4, 2013

The Enigma of the Syrian Nation, March 11, 2013

An Alawite State in Syria? July 10, 2012

Might is Right in Syria, February 15, 2012

The Delusion of an Arab World, November 2, 2011

Shalom, Welcome to Israel! August 8, 2011

Battle for the Soul of Syria, June 10, 2011

Assad Dynasty Crumbles, April 27, 2011

The Arab Westphalia, March 7, 2011

The Rebirth of Arabism—Again? February 17, 2011

The Coming ‘Arab Revolution’, February 1, 2011

Only Don’t Call Them Arabs, January 12, 2011

Selected Public Presentations

Lebanese Jews Between Rootedness and Exile; Braving World War II, the Holocaust, and their Aftermath, Jerusalem, Yad Yitzhak, The Ben-Zvi Institute, April 2016

Charles Corm; An Intellectual Biography, Medford, MA. Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University, October 2015

How Arabic’s Three Dozen Dialects Help (and Hinder) Middle East PeaceKGOU, University of Oklahoma’s National Public Radio affiliate, September 2014

A New Westphalian Order for the ‘Other’ Middle East, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Washington DC, November 2011

The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Fate of Middle East Minorities, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Washington DC, November 2011

Language Memory and Identity in the Middle East, Chestnut Hill, MA. Boston College Libraries, November 2010

Maxim D. Shrayer


Bunin i Nabokov. Istoriia sopernichestva. (Bunin and Nabokov. A History of Rivalry). Moscow: Alpina Non-fiction, 2014 (cloth; ebook); 2nd edition 2015.

Leaving Russia: A Jewish StorySyracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2013 (cloth; ebook). (The Library of Modern Jewish Literature.) Paperback forthcoming, 2017.
Finalist, 2013 National Jewish Book Awards, Modern Jewish Thought and Experience.

Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories, by David Shrayer-Petrov. Edited, with notes and commentary, by Maxim D. Shrayer. Syracuse:
Syracuse University Press, 2014 (cloth; ebook). (The Library of  Modern Jewish Literature.)
Runner-up, the 2014 Edward Lewish Wallant Award.

Academic Articles

Pavel Antokolsky as a Witness to the Shoah in Ukraine and Poland. Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 28 (2015): 540-556.

Ilya Ehrenburg’s January 1945 Novy mir cycle and Soviet Memory of the Shoah. In: Eastern European Jewish Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Identity and Poetics. Ed. Klavdia Smola. Munich-Berlin: Die Welt der Slaven Sammelbände, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2013, 191-209.

Sites and Sounds of Pomerania in Nabokov's WorldNabokov Online Journal 6 (2013).

Il'ia Sel'vinskii, svidetel' Shoa (Ilya Selvinsky, Witness to the Shoah), Novyi mir 4 (2013), 146-166. 

Essays and creative writing

“Picking Mushrooms in America: A Jewish Immigrant Traditon.” Tablet Magazine 9 November 2016. 

“Am Talking to You Like King Solomon.” Jewish Review of Books (Fall 2015). 

A Purim Shpil in Soviet Moscow.” Mosaic Magazine 29 February 2015z

Meetings with Jüri Arrak and the Artistic Spirit of Estonia,” Baltic Worlds 7.1 (April 2014): 78-82. 

“Voskresnaia progulka.” Tr. from the English by the author. Snob 4 (June-August 2015), 128-135.  

A Genius in the Attic.” Tablet Magazine 22 April 2015. 

Ahlabustin, or Russians in Punta Cana.” Tablet Magazine 13 February 2015. 

Literary Translations

Snow on the Ground,” six poems from the Russian of David Shrayer-PetrovFour Centuries: Russian Poetry in Translation 11 (2015), 18-22.  

“Mimosa Flowers for Grandmother’s Grave”; “Trubetskoy, Raevsky, Masha Malevich, and the Death of Mayakovsky,” from the Russian of David Shrayer-Petrov. In: Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories, by David Shrayer-Petrov, ed. by Maxim D. Shrayer. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. 157-168; 187-205.

Runner Begoon,” from the Russian of David Shrayer-Petrov. Four Centuries: Russian Poetry in Translation 7 (2014): 54-59. 

Mimosa Flowers for Grandmother’s Grave,” tr. from the Russian of David Shrayer-Petrov. Commentary 3 (2014). 

Poems,” from the Russian of Ilya Ehrenburg. In: Eastern European Jewish Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Identity and Poetics. Ed. Klavdia Smola. Munich-Berlin: Die Welt der Slaven Sammelbände, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2013. 206-207.

Cynthia Simmons

Cynthia Simmons / Nina Perlina: Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Women's diaries, memoirs, and documentary prose. (University of Pittsburgh Pr) Pitssburgh PA, 2002  

Andrei Bitov. Dictionary of literary biography: Russian prose writers after WWII (Bruccoli Clark Layman, Washington DC, 2004). pp.52-63  

Women’s work and the growth of civil society in post-war Bosnia. Nationalities papers 2007

forthcoming Andrei Bitov on ‘Russian Wealth’. International fiction review 2007 forthcoming.  

The culture of the Siege of Leningrad. in Stephen Norris / Helena Goscilo [edd]: St. Petersburg in Russian national consciousness. (Indiana UP) Bloomington IN, 2008 forthcoming.

Margaret Thomas  

Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics. (Routledge Pr) London, 2011

Universal grammar in second language acquisition: A history. (Routledge Pr) London, 2004  

Theories of second language acquisition: Three sides, three angles, three points Second Language Research 21 (2005).393–414  

Universal grammar in Roger Bacon and Martin Joos: Generative linguistics’ reading of the past. Historiographia Linguistica 29 (2002).341–380