Mikhail Krutikov

Dept of Slavic Langs & Lits • 3040 Modern Languages Building • The University of Michigan • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275 • (734) 647-2136

1998 Ph.D (Jewish Literature):  Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York.
1991 Certificate (M.A. equivalent) in Yiddish language and literature: Higher Literary Courses, A.M.Gorky Institute of Literature, Moscow.
1979 Diploma (Mathematics):  Moscow State University.

Professor Krutikov is currently editing the section on Modern Yiddish Literature for the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. He is also working on an intellectual biography of Meir Wiener, German and Yiddish writer and literary critic of the interwar years in Central Europe and the Soviet Union.  In the summer of 2003, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, a co-editor of East European Jewish Affairs, Associate Editor of Prooftexts, a Member of the Editorial Board for New Yiddish Library (Yale University Press and the National Yiddish Book Center), as well as a Member of the International Academic Board at the Moscow Center for Russian and East European Jewish Studies.

Professor Krutikov holds a joint appointment in both the Slavic Department and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Typical Fall courses:

Past courses:

  • Contact and Conflict: Jewish Experience in Central and Eastern Europe: Slavic 270/Judaic 317.004


Authored Book:

  • Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905-1914, Stanford University Press, 2001.

Co-edited Books:

  • Yiddish and the Left. Papers of the Third Mendel Friedman International Conference on Yiddish. Co-edited with Gennady Estraikh, Oxford: Legenda, 2001.
  • The Shtetl: Image and Reality. Papers of the Second Mendel Friedman International Conference on Yiddish.  Co-edited with Gennady Estraikh, Oxford, Legenda, 2000.
  • Yiddish in the Contemporary World. Papers of the First Mendel Friedman Conference on Yiddish. Co-edited with Gennady Estraikh, Oxford: Legenda, 1999.


  • Forthcoming. 2005 “The Russian Jew as a Modern Hero: Identity Construction in Ansky's Writings” in Gabriella Safran and Steven Zipperstein (eds.), S. Anski and the Turn of the Century, Stanford University Press.


  • “Imagining the Image: The Shtetl in Yiddish Literary Criticism from Bal Makhshoves to  Dan Miron,” in Polin, 17, 243-258.
  • “Meir Wiener: A Scholar and a Writer in the Context of His Time”, in Oleg Budnitski et al (eds), History and Culture of Russian and East European Jewry: New Sources, New Approaches (Moscow, 2004) (in Russian).
  • “An ‘Invisible Decade’: The 1990s in the Russian-Jewish Imagination,” East European Jewish Affairs, 1 (34), pp. 1-11.
  • “Russia between Myth and Reality: From Meri to Three Cities,” in Nanette Stahl (ed.) Sholem Asch Reconsidered, New Haven, Conn: The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, pp. 81-105.
  • (with Anna Krutikov) “Arab.Ru: The Virtual Other on the Israeli-Russian Web,” in Tudor Parfitt with Yulia Egorova (ed), Jews, Muslims and Mass Media (London: RoutledgeCurzon,), 144-156.


  • "Constructing Jewish Identity in Contemporary Russian Fiction," in Zvi Gitelman
    et al. (eds.) Jewish Life After the USSR, Indiana University Press, pp. 252-274.
  • (with Viacheslav Selemenev), “Yasha Bronshteyn and His Struggle for Control over Soviet Yiddish Literature.” Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe, 1 (50), pp. 175-190.


  • “The Jewish Future in Russia: Trends and Opportunities,” East European Jewish Affairs, 1 (20), pp. 1-16.
  • “Reading Yiddish in a Post-Modern Age: Some Trends in Literary Scholarship of the 1990s,” Shofar, 3 (20).


  • “Jewish Literature between Future and Past,” review of Ruth Wisse, The Modern Jewish Canon, Prooftexts, 3 (21).
  • “Soviet Literary Theory in the Search of a Yiddish Canon: The Case of Moshe Litvakov.”
    In Yiddish and the Left, ed. Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov, Oxford.
  • “What Is Yiddish Literary Tradition? The Soviet Marxist Moshe Litvakov versus the American Modernist Mikhl Likht.” Prooftexts, 2 (21).
  • “Soviet Yiddish Scholarship in the 1930s: From Class to Folk.” Slavic Almanach, 7/10.