Vinokur, Val

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Val Vinokur
PhD, Comparative Literature, Princeton University;
BA (summa cum laude), Amherst College
Associate Professor of Literary Studies, Director of Jewish Studies

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, New American Writing, and 110 Stories. His book, "The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas," has been published by Northwestern University Press and is 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 Réejouis' 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), the latter of which won the American Translators Association Galantiere Prize for Best Book in 1998.
Courses Taught:
  • Story of the Devil
  • Modern Jewish Literature
  • Major Russian Novels
  • Russian Writing in the Margins
  • Evil in the 20th Century (University Lecture)
  • Re-Imagining New York City:  Art, Literature, Public Space (University Lecture)
  • The Art of War (University Lecture)
  • Evil in the 20th Century (University Lecture)
  • Literary Foundations 1
  • 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:

M , W 10-11 AM, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2238


Research Interests:
European Modernism; Russian Literature; Ethics and Aesthetics; Literature and Religion; Ethics of Genre; Jewish Studies; Translation, Contemporary Immigrant Fiction
Professional Affiliations:

•     Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, President, 2009.

•    Modern Language Assoc.

•    American Assoc. of Slavic Studies Scholars

•    American Assoc. of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages

•    Assoc. for Jewish Studies

Awards and Honors:
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2008 (
  • Center for the Study of Religion Dissertation Award, Princeton University, 2000
  • American Translators Association Galantière Prize for Best Book (for Texaco), 1998

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