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Yakov Klots
CUNY Research Foundation, Hunter College (New York, NY 10065-5024)
Contraband Russian Literature and the Cold War (1956-1991)

Research and writing of a book chapter on Soviet authors Andre Sinyavsky (1925-1997) and Yuli Daniel (1925-1988) and their reception within and outside of the Soviet Union in the 1960s.

As a literary practice and political institution, Russian literature published extraterritorially was as integral to the late Soviet era as official state publishing and underground circulation of manuscripts inside the country. The project is devoted to first publications and reception of twentieth-century Russian literary classics banned, censored or never submitted for publication at home but smuggled through various channels abroad and printed elsewhere, with or without their authors’ knowledge or consent. It is a pioneering study of how clandestine texts, which have since shaped the Russian literary canon, first emerged from the drawer, transgressed geographical and political borders, went into print, and were read by interpretive communities on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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Project fields:
Political Science, Other; Russian History; Russian Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 7/31/2020