Vinokur, Val

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Val Vinokur
PhD, Comparative Literature, Princeton University;
BA (summa cum laude), Amherst College
Associate Professor of Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College; Chair of Literary and Cultural Studies, The Bachelor's Program for Adults & Transfer Students, NSPE; and Director of Jewish Culture at The New School

VAL VINOKUR has been published in such venues as Common Knowledge, The Boston Review, McSweeney's, The Russian Review, Zeek, The Massachusetts Review, Journal of Religion and Society, The Literary Review, and New American Writing. His book, "The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas," was published by Northwestern University Press and was a finalist for the 2009 AATSEEL Award for Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his and Rose-Myriam Réjouis' translation of Marie Vieux-Chauvet's trilogy Amour, Colere et Folie -- a lost classic of Haitian literature -- for Random House Modern Library (2009). Rejouis and Vinokur have also translated two novels by Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnificent and Texaco (Pantheon Books, 1997). He is currently editing and re-translating a new edition of Isaac Babel’s stories for Northwestern University Press.
Courses Taught:
  • Story of the Devil
  • Modern Jewish Literature
  • Major Russian Novels
  • Russian Writing in the Margins
  • Isaac Babel
  • Translation Workshop 1 (MFA-Creative Writing)
  • Genesis and Other Beginnings (first-year advising course)
  • Approaches to Literary Studies: Fiction - An Introduction (University Lecture)
Recent Publications:
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 253, New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
W 3:30-5:30 PM and by appointment

Research Interests:
  • 19th and 20th century Russian Literature
  • Dostoevsky
  • Jewish Studies
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Translation
  • Literature and Ethics
Awards and Honors:
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2008
  • Poetry Finalist for Best Translated Book of the Year, University of Rochester / three percent (for Night Wraps the Sky), 2008
  • Semi-finalist, “Discovery”/ The Nation poetry contest, 2002
  • 2nd Prize in Poetry, Summer Literary Seminars (Petersburg, Russia) Writing Contest, 2001
  • Center for the Study of Religion Dissertation Award, Princeton University, 2000
  • American Translators Association Galantière Prize for Best Book (for Texaco), 1998
CV (pdf):
Vinokur CV 2014

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