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Photo of Andrew Baruch Wachtel, Professor and Department Chair

Bertha and Max Dressler Professor of the Humanities
Dean, The Graduate School
Director, Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies

1902 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4005
Phone: (847) 467-1970
Fax: (847) 467-1996

Research interests:

Russian prose, 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the complex interrelationship of literature and society.

South Slavic Literatures (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovenian), particularly literature, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism

Russian drama

Russian literature and the other arts (music, visual arts, theatre)

Contemporary East and Central European Literature

Recent courses taught:

History 202-1 The History and Culture of Eastern Europe

Slavic 411 Proseminar: Theatre and Intertextuality

Current Projects:

A Concise History of the Balkans ( forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2007)

A Cultural History of Russian Literature (co-written with Ilya Vinitsky). Expected date of completion, October 2007.

Selected Recent Publications:


Plays of Expectations: Intertextual Relations in Russian 20th-Century Drama (U. of Washington Press, 2006).

Remaining Relevant After Communism: The Role of the Writer in Eastern Europe.  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).

In Serbian as Uloga pisca u doba postkomunizma (Belgrade, Stubovi kultura, 2006)

Forthcoming in Bulgarian, Polish, and Russian.

От «Игроков» до «Dostoevsky-trip». Интертекстуальность в русской драматургии XIX-XX веков. (From “The Gamblers” to “Dostoevsky-trip”: Intertextuality in Russian Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries).  Volume co-edited with Vladimir Kataev, Moscow, 2006.


Muharem Bazdulj, The Second Book, translated with Oleg Andric and Nikola Petkovic.  Northwestern University Press, 2005.

Selected Recent Articles:

"A Last Attempt at Educational Integration: The Failure of “Common Educational Cores” in Yugoslavia in the early 1980’s,” (with Predrag Markovic), The Dissolution of Yugoslavia. Eds. Lenard Cohen and Jasna Dragovic Soso (Purdue UP, forthcoming)

"Banality Transformed: “Life with an Idiot” on the Page and on the Stage,” Festschrift eds. Lazar Fleishman and Michael Wachtel (Berkeley Slavic Specialties, 2006).

 “The Legacy of Danilo Kiš in post-Yugoslav Literature,” SEEJ 50 I (Winter, 2006). In Serbian as “Baština Danila Kiša u postjugoslovenskoj knjizevnosti,” trans. Jelena Stakic. Spomena Danila Kiša (Belgrade, 2005), 437-451.


Интертекстуальноеисексуальноевлечениев «Незнакомке» A. Bloka, ” (Intertextual and Sexual Attraction in A. Blok’s “The Unknown Woman”) in От«Игроков» до«Dostoevsky-trip». Интертекстуальностьврусскойдраматургии XIX-XX веков.  (Moscow, 2006).

 A Story About Boxes, Proucavanje opšte knjizevnosti danas (Comparative Literary Studies Today). Belgrade, 2005, 117-126.

 Editor, "Writings from an Unbound Europe" Northwestern University Press

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