PhD, Comparative Literature, Princeton University;
BA (summa cum laude), Amherst College
Associate Professor of Literary Studies, Director of Jewish StudiesProfile:
VAL VINOKUR has been published in such venues as Common Knowledge
, The Boston Review
, The Russian Review
, 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 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
(Pantheon Books, 1997). He is currently editing and re-translating a new edition of Isaac Babel’s stories for Northwestern University Press.
- 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)
- The Trace of Judaism: Dostoevsky, Babel, Mandelstam, Levinas (Northwestern University Press, 2008)
- Love, Anger, Madness, translation with Rose Réjouis of a trilogy by Marie Vieux-Chauvet (Modern Library, 2009)
- “Russian Existentialism, or Existential Russianism,” in Situating Existentialism, ed. Judaken and Bernasconi (Columbia University Press 2012)
- Verse translations in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky, ed. Michael Almereyda (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008). Listen here.
- “Levinas Underground: Dostoyevsky, "De L'evasion," and the Devil,” Levinas Studies vol 5 (2010)
- "Roth, Babel, and a Question of Blood"
- "Your Worship"
- "New Jews from the Old Country,” The Boston Review Feb-March 2005.
- "Morality and Orality in Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry," The Massachusetts Review Winter 2005.
- "On the Brink of Tears and Laughter: The Uses of Joy and Suffering in Levinas’s Thought,” The Journal of Religion and Society 6, 2004.
- "Levinas’s Dostoevsky," Common Knowledge, Spring 2003.
- "Talking Fiction: What is Russian Skaz?" McSweeney’s, Fall 2002.
- "The End of Consciousness and the Ends of Consciousness: A Reading of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and Demons after Levinas," The Russian Review, January, 2000.
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Awards and Honors:
- 19th and 20th century Russian Literature
- Jewish Studies
- Modern Jewish Thought
- Literature and Ethics
- 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