Mark Lipovetsky

Mark Naumovich Lipovetsky (Mарк Наумович Липовецкий) (born June 2, 1964) is a Russian literary, film, and cultural critic who advocates the position that postmodernism is replacing socialist realism as the dominant art movement in Russia. His major interests include 20th century Russian literature, Russian postmodernism,[1] fairy-tales, Mikhail Bakhtin's carnival, totalitarian and post-communist cultures.


Early life and careerEdit

Lipovetsky was born in Yekaterinburg, and he attended school there. He moved to the U.S. in 1996.[2] He was a professor with the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and joint faculty member at the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.[3] In 2019 he joined the Slavic Department at Columbia University with a goal of focusing on contemporary Russian culture within the Harriman Institute.[4] In 2021, he and Vadim Gladyshev, a biochemist from Harvard, received the George Gamow Award, named for the Russian-speaking physicist George Gamow.[5]

Lipovestky is the author or co-author of five books and more than seventy articles. His works include Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos (1999) and Russian Postmodernism: The Essays of Historic Poetics (1997), Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama (2009) and Charms of the Cynical Reason (2011).[6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mark Lipovetsky". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 7 July 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Calvert Journal — A guide to the New East". The Calvert Journal. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mark Leiderman (Lipovetsky)". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Bringing Contemporary Russian Literature to a New Audience". Columbia News. Retrieved 2021-11-01.
  5. ^ "Philologist Mark Lipovetsky and biochemist Vadim Gladyshev recieve [sic] 2021 George Gamow Award – Russian-American Science Association". Retrieved 2021-11-01.
  6. ^ Chernetsky, Vitaly (November 13, 2010). "Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama (review)". Theatre Journal. 62 (3): 478–480. ISSN 1086-332X. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Graham, Seth (January 1, 2014). "Review of Charms of the Cynical Reason: The Trickster's Transformation in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture, Lipovetsky, Mark". The Slavonic and East European Review. 92 (2): 325–327. doi:10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.92.2.0325. JSTOR 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.92.2.0325.