HARSHA RAM, Associate Professor


Ram ProfileDepartment of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature

Affiliated with the Department of Italian Studies

Ph.D. , Yale University (Comparative Literature).
M.Phil, Yale University (Comparative Literature).
B.A. Honours, University of Sydney (Italian).
B.A. Honours, University of New South Wales (Russian)


Research and teaching interests:
Russian and comparative European romanticism and modernism
The Russian and European avant-garde
Russian, European, Near Eastern and South Asian poetic traditions
Italian literature
Indian literature
Georgian literature and history
Theories of world literature
Literary theory, comparative poetics, genre theory, and literary history
Comparative modernisms and modernities; vernacular and high culture
Cultural and political history of Russia-Eurasia and the Caucasus
Postcolonial studies; theories of nationalism, imperialism and cosmopolitanism

Current book projects:
City of Crossroads: Tiflis Modernism and the Russian-Georgian Encounter

Poetry and Power: The Futurist Avant-garde in Russia and Italy

Selected publications:


  • The Imperial Sublime: A Russian Poetics of Empire. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.



  • “Spatializing the Sign: The Futurist Eurasianism of Roman Jakobson and Velimir Khlebnikov.” Facets of Eurasianism. Eds. Marlène Laruelle, Sergey Glebov and Mark Bassin


  • “Introducing Georgian Modernism;” and “Decadent Nationalism, ‘Peripheral’ Modernism: The Georgian Literary Manifesto between Symbolism and the Avant-garde,” Special Cluster on Georgian Modernism including two manifestos by P’aolo Iashvili and T’itsian T’abidze, translated by Shota Papava and Harsha Ram, annotated by Harsha Ram. Modernism/Modernity, 21/1 (January 2014), 283-359.
  • “Futurist Geographies: Centre, Periphery, and the Struggle for
    Aesthetic Autonomy: Paris, Italy, Russia, 1909-1914.” The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms. Ed. Mark Wollaeger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 313-340.
  • “Russian Modernism.” The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism. Ed. Pericles Lewis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 113-135.
  • “Masks of the Poet, Myths of the People: The Performance of Individuality and Nationhood in Georgian and Russian Modernism.” Slavic Review 67, no.3 (Fall 2008), 567-590.
  • ” ‘Vam’ (1909): Interpreting an early lyric by Velimir Khlebnikov.”
    Sankirtos, Studies in Russian and Eastern European Literature,
    Society and Culture in Honor of Tomas Venclova
    . Eds. Robert Bird,
    Lazar Fleishman and Fedor Poljakov, Frankfurt: Peter Lang
    Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (2008): 77-93.
  • “The Sonnet and the Mukhambazi: Genre Wars on the Edges of the
    Russian Empire,” Remapping Genres. PMLA 122/5 (October 2007):
  • “Towards a Crosscultural Poetics of the Contact Zone: Romantic, Modernist and Soviet Intertextualities in Boris Pasternak’s translations of T’itsian T’abidze.” Comparative Literature 59/1 (Winter 2007): 63-89.
  • “From ‘Petersburg’ to ‘Petrograd’: The Creative History of a Georgian Lyric Poem and its Russian Recreation by Boris Pasternak.” Eternity’s Hostage. Selected Papers from the Stanford International Conference on Boris Pasternak, May 2004. Ed. Lazar Fleishman. Stanford Slavic Studies, 31:1, Part 2 (2006): 356-374.
  • “Between 1917 and 1947: Postcoloniality and Russia-Eurasia,” Forum: Conference Debate, “Are We Postcolonial? Post-Soviet Space.” PMLA 121: 3 (May 2006), 831-833.
  • “Andrei Belyi and Georgia: Georgian Modernism and the Reception of the ‘Petersburg text’ in Peripheral Space.” Russian Literature, 58 (2005): 243-276.
  • “Pushkin and the Caucasus,” The Pushkin Handbook, ed. David M. Bethea, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, (2005): 379-402.
  • “Modernism on the Periphery. Literary Life in Postrevolutionary Tbilisi.” Review Essay of two books by Tat’iana Nikol’skaia. Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 5,2 (Spring 2004)
  • “Romantic Topography and the Dilemma of Empire: The Caucasus in the Dialogue of Georgian and Russian Poetry.” Coauthored with Zaza Shatirishvili, Russian Review, 63 (January 2004).
  • “Velimir Chlebnikov’s ‘Odinokij licedej’.” Die Welt der Slaven, 46 (2001).
  • “Imagining Eurasia: The Poetics and Ideology of Olzhas Suleimenov’s AZ i IA.” Slavic Review 60, no.2 (Summer, 2001).
  • “The Poetics of Eurasia: Velimir Khlebnikov between Empire and Revolution.” Social Identities in Revolutionary Russia, ed. Madhavan K.Palat. Basingstoke: Palgrave Publishers, 2001.
  • “Prisoners of the Caucasus: Literary Myths and Media Representations of the Chechen Conflict”. Berkeley Program in Soviet and post-Soviet Studies Working Papers Series,1999 http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~bsp/publications.htm
  • “Kavkazskie plenniki: Kul’turnye mify i medial’nye reprezentatsii v chechenskom konflikte.” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 34 (1998).
  • “Russian Poetry and the Imperial Sublime.”Russian Subjects: Empire, Nation and the Culture of the Golden Age, ed. Monika Greenleaf and Stephen Moeller Sally. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998.