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Mikhail EpsteinFaculty EmeritusSamuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature

Research Interests

Russian literature and intellectual history, Postmodern philosophy, semiotics, discourse of love, ideas and electronic media, interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities.


The Phoenix of Philosophy: Russian Thought of the Late SovietPeriod (1953-1991). New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 312 pp.; A Philosophy of the Possible: Modalities in Thought and Culture. Boston, Leiden et al: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019, 365 pp.; The Irony of the Ideal: Paradoxes of Russian Literature. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2017, 438 pp.; Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture (with Alexander Genis and Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover), New York, Berghahn, 2016, 580 pp.;  From Knowledge to Creativity: How the Humanities Can Change the World (in Russian), Moscow,  2016; Poetry and Superpoetry: On the Variety of Creative Worlds (in Russian). S.–Petersburg,  2016;   Religion after Atheism: New Possibilities for Theology (in Russian, 2013), The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2012, 318 pp.; PreDictionary: Experiments in Verbal Creativity (2011); Russian Spirituality and the Secularization of Culture (2011); The Philosophy of Body (in Russian, 2006);  Mapping Blank Spaces: On the Future of the Humanities (in Russian, 2004);  Cries in the New Wilderness: from the Files of the Moscow Institute of Atheism (2002); Transcultural Experiments: Russian and American Models of Creative Communication (with Ellen Berry). New York:  St. Martin's Press, 1999, 340 pp.;   After the Future: The Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture (Massachusetts UP, 1995, 392 pp.)