Marina Zilbergerts

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Address: 1350 Van Hise Hall, Madison, WI 53706


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University
M.A. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
B.A. Yeshiva University, New York

Languages and Literatures of Research

Rabbinic Literature

Research Interests

Hebrew and Yiddish literature
Rabbinic literature and thought

19th-century Russian literature and intellectual history
Literature and religion

Courses Taught

Russia and the Jews: Literature, Culture, Religion, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
Dead Yiddish Poets Society: How to Live and Love Poetry, Fall 2017
Struggling with God: Theodicy in the Eastern European Literary Tradition, Spring 2018

Research Statement / Bio

I work on Jewish literature and thought of the 19th and 20th centuries with additional concentrations in Russian literature and intellectual culture of that time. I am interested in the interplay between the production of secular literature and the religious study of texts.

Selected Publications

Marina Zilbergerts, “Jewish Nihilists and the War on Useless Literature,” Prooftexts, Beginnings: The Rise of Modern Jewish Literature in Nineteenth Century Europe (forthcoming in 2017)