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Edyta M. Bojanowska, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Awarded MLA Book Prize

In December 2009, Prof. Edyta Bojanowska was awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the best book in Slavic studies in 2007-2008 for her Nikolai Gogol: Between Ukrainian and Russian Nationalism, published by Harvard University Press in 2007.  The award is administered by the Modern Languages Association, the largest and one of the oldest American learned societies in the humanities.  It is awarded biennially for an outstanding scholarly work on the literatures or linguistics of the Slavic languages.   The citation for the prize reads:

Nikolai Gogol: Between Ukrainian and Russian Nationalism contains a major new interpretation of one of Russia's most difficult writers. As the subtitle indicates, Edyta M. Bojanowska does not place Gogol in one tradition or the other but instead, in a series of carefully nuanced analyses, discusses how his writings contributed to both Ukrainian and Russian nationalist models. She traces in fine detail the development of his ideas and in the process sheds light on works by Gogol that have generally received less attention from critics. Equally at ease in presenting theories of nationalism and in carrying out close textual readings, Bojanowska has produced a study that will have a lasting influence on future Gogol scholarship.

Prof.  Bojanowska is an assistant professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She specializes in nineteenth-century century Russian prose. She received her PhD from Harvard University, where she was also a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Russian Review, Slavic and East European Journal, and Canadian Slavonic Papers.  She is currently working on a manuscript entitled "Imperial Nationalism and Russian Culture."