Mark Lipovetsky

Mark Lipovetsky


Born and educated in the USSR, since 1996 Mark Lipovetsky lives in the US. His research interests include such subjects as  post-Soviet culture, Russian postmodernism, post-Soviet drama, late Soviet nonconformist culture, tricksters in Soviet culture. Lipovetsky edited 5-volumes of Dmitry Prigov’s collected works and currently is working on his critical biography. Lipovetsky’s works were nominated for Russian Little Booker Prize (1997) and short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize (2008).  In 2014, Lipovetsky received an award of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for the outstanding contribution to scholarship. In 2019, Lipovetsky has been awarded the Andrei Belyi Prize for his service to Russian literature. A History of Russian Literature (Oxford, 2018) that Lipovetsky co-authored, received the Honorable Mention from the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Recent Publications

“Tеория модернизма” [Theory of Modernism], Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie,  vol. 157 (5:2019).

“Zynismus statt Postmoderne: Geschichte eines (kalkulierten) Missverständnisses,” Osteuropa  5 (2019): 91-106.

Gothic Nationalism: Iurii Kuznetsov’s Poetic Ideology,” Russian Literature  106 (2019): 61-77.

Vladimir Sharov: The Other Side of History [Владимир Шаров: По ту сторону истории]. Ed. by Mark Lipovetsky and Anastassia de La Fortelle. Moscow: NLO, 2020.

Homo Scriptor: A Festschrift for Mikhail Epstein’s 70th birthday.  Ed. by Mark Lipovetsky. Moscow: NLO, 2020.

Major Publications

A History of Russian Literatureby Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Stephanie Sandler, and Irina Reyfman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 939 pp.


Boris Dralyuk. “Bagging Monsters: The Staggering Attempt to Embrace a Nation’s Literary Output,” Times Literary Supplement. 22 June 2018. Pp. 9-10.

Mikhail Odessky. “Что делает русская литература, или К вопросу о ее периодизации» [What Does Russian Literature Do, or Towards Its Periodization], Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, vol. 157 (5:2019).

Postmodern Crises: From Lolita to Pussy Riot. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2017. 263 pp.

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.  Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1999. 331 pp.

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

Поэтика литературной сказкиНа 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 работаСтатьи о современной литературе [Hard Work of Freedom: Essays on Contemporary Russian Literature]. Sverdlovsk: Sredne-Ural'skoe Knizhnoe Izdatel'stvo, 1991. 270 pp.

In translation:

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

Paralogie: Transformacje dyskursu (post)modernistycznego v kulturze rosyjskiej lat 1920-2000. Translated to Polish by Peter Fast and Katarzyna Syska. Katowice: Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Wydawniczych, 2018.

Editorial Work

Д.А.Пригов. Мысли: Избранные статьи, манифесты, интервью [Dmitrii A. Prigov, Thoughts: Selected articles, manifestoes, interviews], ed., compiled, and with an introduction by Mark Lipovetsky and Ilya Kukulin. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2019.

Д.А.Пригов. Места: Свое/чужое [Dmitrii A. Prigov, Sites: Native/Foreign]compiled by Zhanna Galeeva and Mark Lipovetsky, ed. and with an introduction by Mark Lipovetsky. Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2019.

Russian Poetry in the 2000s-2010s, a special issue of Russian Studies in Literature, vol.54, issues 1-3 (2018). Edited and with an introduction by Mark Lipovetsky.

 «Это просто буквы на бумаге…» Владимир Сорокин: После литературы [‘These are merely letters on paper…' Vladimir Sorokin: After Literature]. Ed. by Evgeny Dobrenko, Ilya Kalinin, and Mark Lipovetsky. Moscow: NLO, 2018.

Russia – Culture of (Non) Conformity: From the Late Soviet Time to the Presenta special issue ed. by Klavdia Smola and Mark Lipovetsky, Russian Literature, Volumes 96–98 (February–May 2018).

Transgressive Women in Modern Russian and East European Cultures: From the Bad to the Blasphemous.  Ed. by Beth Holmgren, Yana Hashamova, and Mark Lipovetsky. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Russian Literature since 1991. Ed. and with an introduction by Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature: A Reader. The Thaw and Stagnation. Ed. by Mark Lipovetsky and Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya. Boston: Academic Studies Press; Vol. 2, 2015.

Late Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature: A Reader. Post-Soviet Literature. Ed. by Mark Lipovetsky and Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya. Boston: Academic Studies Press; Vol. 1, 2014.

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.

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.

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

 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. Ed. by Marina Balina, Helena Goscilo, and Mark Lipovetsky.

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