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

Professor 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 and the culture and public communities of dissidence. She has done extensive research on samizdat, the uncensored publishing system of the Soviet Union. Her articles include analysis of uncensored literature and theory of samizdat textual culture. She is interested in the return of modernism and avant-garde in nonconformist and oppositional literary and art movements of the post-War period. Current projects include studies of Jewish activism on both sides of the Iron Curtain, a comparison of French and Russian neo-avant-garde journals, and a study of "waste" in works by various artists in the post-War era.

Selected Publications

  • We Are Jews Again. The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union, by Yuli Kosharovsky, edited and introduced by Ann Komaromi, 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, an electronic archive featuring uncensored journals, timelines of dissident movements and interview with activists from the Soviet Union, 1956-1986, (2015).