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Degrees: BA (Northwestern University)
MA (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Ann Komaromi is associate professor in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her research has focused particularly on late Soviet culture, samizdat (underground publishing) and dissidence in the USSR. Her articles theorize the formation of alternative publics and epistemologies in samizdat, while attending to specific texts and groups. Komaromi is interested in the return of modernism and avant-garde in nonconformist and oppositional literary and art movements in the late twentieth century and beyond. Current projects include studies of dissident memoirs and archives, a history of Jewish activism in Leningrad, and a study of trash and used objects in post-War visual art and museum exhibits. 

Selected Publications 

  • Soviet Samizdat: Imagining a New Society. Northern Illinois University Press, 2022.
  • Каталог периодики Самиздата: 1956-1986 (A Catalog of Samizdat Periodicals: 1956-1986), by A. Komaromi, G. Kuzovkin. Moscow: Mezhdunarodnyi Memorial, 2018, 
  • “Soviet Jews: Making History,” in Yuli Kosharovsky, “We Are Jews Again”: Jewish Activism in the Soviet Union, translated by Stefani Hoffman, edited by Ann Komaromi, 3-18. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2017. 
  • Uncensored: Samizdat Novels and the Quest for Autonomy in Soviet Dissidence, Northwestern University Press, 2015 (Winner of the AATSEEL Award for Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies, 2016). 
  • Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat, (2015).