Mark Leiderman
Russian Program

Office:  McKenna 216

Mark Leiderman—who publishes under his pen name, Mark Lipovetsky—was born in Sverdlovsk (currently Ekaterinburg, Russia), where he graduated from the university and defended two dissertations. He moved to the United States in 1996.

Since the 1990s, Russian postmodernist literature and culture has been at the center of Prof. Leiderman’s interests. In 1996, he defended one of the first doctoral dissertations on this subject.

He is the author of more than a hundred articles published in the US, Russia, and Europe, eight books, and co-editor of nine volumes on Russian literature and culture. Among his monographs are the following: Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos (1999), Modern Russian Literature: 1950s-1990s (co-authored with Naum Leiderman, 2001 and six consequent reprints editions), Paralogies: Transformation of (Post)modernist Discourse in Russian Culture of the 1920s-2000s  (Moscow: NLO, 2008), Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama (Bristol: Intellect Press, 2009, with Birgit Beumers; Russian version - 2012), and Charms of Cynical Reason: The Transformations of the Trickster Trope in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011). Volumes, co-edited by him, include Dictionary of Literary Biography: Russian Writers Since 1980 (2003), anthologies of Russian and Soviet wondertales (2005) and Russian twentieth-century short stories (2011), Jolly Little Characters: Cult Heroes of the Soviet Childhood (2008), Non-Canonical Classic: Dmitri A. Prigov (2010), and a two-volume critical reader on late Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian literature (2014, 2015).  

Currently, he is at work on a critical biography of the Russian conceptual poet Dmitry Prigov; he also serves as the editor of the poet’s collected works. Lipovetsky’s works were nominated for Russian Little Booker Prize (1997) and short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize (2008). In 2009-2012, he served on the jury of the Russian literary prize NOS (including as chair in 2011-2012).


Charms of the Cynical Reason: The Transformations of the Trickster Trope in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011. 296 pp.

Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama. Co-authored with Birgit Beumers. Bristol, Chicago: Intellect, 2009. 315 pp.

Russian version: Перформансы насилия: Литературные и театральные эксперименты “новой драмы”. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2012, 372 pp.

Паралогии: Трансформации (пост)модернистского дискурса в русской культуре 1920-х—2000-х годов [Paralogies:  Transformations of the (Post)Modernist Discourse in Russian Culture of the 1920s-2000s]. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2008, 840 pp.

Русская литература ХХ века: 1950-е—1990-е годы [Twentieth-Century Russian Literature: 1950s-1990s]. In 2 volumes. Moscow: Academia, 2001, 6 reprint editions. Co-authored with Naum Leiderman.

Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos.  Ed. by Eliot Borenstein. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc, 1999. 331 pp.

Русский постмодернизм: Очерки исторической поэтики [Russian Postmodernism: Essays on Historical Poetics].  Ekaterinburg: Ural State University Press, 1997. 317 pp.

Поэтика литературной сказки: На материале советской литературы 1920-х—80-х годов [Poetics of the Literary Wondertale: On the Material of Russian Literature, 1920s -1980s]. Ekaterinburg: Ural State University Press, 1992.  184 pp. 

Свободы черная работа: Статьи о современной литературе [Hard Work of Freedom: Essays on Contemporary Russian Literature]. Sverdlovsk: Sredne-Ural'skoe Knizhnoe Izdatel'stvo, 1991. 270 pp.


Editorial Work:

Русская литература ХХ века: 1930-е—первая половина 1950-х. [Russian Literature of the 20th Century: From the 1930s to the first half of the 1950s]. Ed. by Naum Leiderman, Mark Lipovetsky, and Maria Litovskaya. In 2 volumes. Moscow: Academia, 2014.

Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature: A Reader.  Ed. by Mark Lipovetsky and Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2014.

Владимир Сорокин: Преодоление словесности” [Vladimir Sorokin: Overcoming the verbal art]. A cluster of articles. Ed. by Mark Lipovetsky, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie  119 (1:2013): 175-226; and 120 (2:2013): 225-69. Articles by Ilya Kukulin, Mariana Kovalev, Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya, Ilia Kalinin, and Mark Lipovetsky, with a preface by Lipovetsky.

Дмитрий Пригов, Монады: как-бы-искренность  [Monades: As-If-Sincerity]: Collected works, Vol. 1. Ed., compiled and with an introduction by Mark Lipovetsky. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2012.

50 Writers: An Anthology of the Twentieth-Century Russian Short Story. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011. Ed. with an introduction by Valentina Brougher and Mark Lipovetsky, translated by Valentina Brougher and  Frank Miller.

The Desire for the Real: Documentary Trends in Contemporary Russian Literature,” A special issue of The Russian Review, 69:4 (Oct. 2010): 559-688. Ed. by Birgit Beumers and Mark Lipovetsky.

Русская литература ХХ-XXI веков: Направления и течения [Russian Literature of the 20th and 21st centuries: Directions and Trends]. Dedicated to the memory of Naum Lazarevich Leiderman.  Ed. by Nina Barkovskaya and Mark Lipovetsky. Ekaterinburg: Ural State Pedagogical University Press, 2011.

Неканонический классик: Дмитрий Александрович Пригов (1940-2007) [A Non-Canonical Classic: Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Prigov (1940-2007)]. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2010, 784 pp. Ed.  by Evgeny Dobrenko, Ilya Kukulin,  Mark Lipovetsky, and Maria Maiofis.

Веселые человечки: Культурные герои советского детства  [Merry Little Characters:  The Culture  Heroes of the Soviet Childhood].  Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2008. 530 pp. Ed. by Ilya Kukulin, Mark Lipovetsky, and Maria Maiofis.

The Imprints of Terror: Rhetorics of Violence and Violence of Rhetoric in Modern Russian Culture. Wiener Slawistischer Almanach – Sonderband 64, Wien-Munich, 2006. Ed. by Anna Brodsky, Mark Lipovetsky, and Sven Spieker.

Politicizing Magic: Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales.  Evanston:  Northwestern University Press, 2005. Edited by Marina Balina, Helena Goscilo, and Mark Lipovetsky.

“Innovation through Iteration: Russian Popular Culture Today.” A Special Forum Issue of Slavic and East European Journal. 48:3 (Fall 2004): 356-483. Ed. by Elena Baraban, Eliot Borenstein, and Mark Lipovetsky.

Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 285: Russian Writers since 1980.  Detroit: Gale Group, 2003. Ed. by Marina Balina and Mark Lipovetsky.


In translation:

Paralogie: Trasformazioni Del Discorso (Post)Modernista Nella Cultura Russa Dagli Anni Venti Agli Anni Duemila.  Transl. to Italian by Manuel Ghilarducci. Rome: Aracne, 2014.