Marci Shore

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Associate Professor
Office: 
HQ 263
Phone: 
+1 (203) 432-6792
Fields of interest: 

European cultural & intellectual history

Bio: 
Marci Shore teaches modern European intellectual history. She received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1996 and her Ph.D from Stanford University in 2001; she taught at Indiana University before coming to Yale. Her research focuses on the intellectual history of twentieth and twenty-first century Central and Eastern Europe. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński’s The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current book project, a history of phenomenology in East-Central Europe, tentatively titled “Eyeglasses Floating in Space: Central European Encounters That Came about While Searching for Truth.” She is a regular visiting fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. Presently she is co-curating a Public Seminar/Eurozine forum “On the Uses and Disadvantages of Historical Comparisons for Life” (title stolen from Nietzsche): https://publicseminar.org/essays/the-last-time-i-saw-them-new-democracy-seminar-forum/
 
Her articles and essays include “Philosophy in the Time of Revolution” (The Interlocutor: Journal of the Warsaw School of the History of Ideas); “Can We See Ideas? On Evocation, Experience, and Empathy” (Modern European Intellectual History); “Entscheidung am Majdan: Eine Phänomenologie der Ukrainischen Revolution” (Lettre International); “Jews and Cosmopolitanism: An Arc of European Thought” (Historická Sociologie), “(The End of) Communism as a Generational History” (Contemporary European History); “‘If we’re proud of Freud…: The Family Romance of Judeo-Communism” (East European Politics and Societies); “Rescuing the Yiddish Ukraine (New York Review of Books) “Die Zerbrechlichkeit des Liberalismus oder Das Ende vom ‘Ende der Geschichte’” (Transit: Europäische Revue); “Conversing with Ghosts: Jedwabne, Żydokomuna, and Totalitarianism” (Kritika: Explorations of Russian and Eurasian History); “Children of the Revolution: Communism, Zionism, and the Berman Brothers” (Jewish Social Studies); “Czysto Babski: A Women’s Friendship in a Man’s Revolution” (East European Politics and Societies); “Engineering in the Age of Innocence: A Genealogy of Discourse Inside the Czechoslovak Writers’ Union, 1949-1967” (East European Politics and Societies); “In Search of Meaning after Marxism: The Komandosi, March 1968, and the Ideas that Followed” (Warsaw: The History of a Jewish Metropolis); “Dissidents, Intellectuals, and a New Generation” (The End and the Beginning: The Revolutions of 1989 and the Resurgence of History); (Modernism in) “Eastern Europe” (The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism); “On Cosmopolitanism and the Avant-Garde, and a Lost Innocence of Mitteleuropa” (Utopia/Dystopia: Conditions of Historical Possibility); and “Wspomnienie o Krzysztofie Michalskim (1948-2013)” (Zeszyty Literackie).
 
Selected Publications
“A Pre-History of Post-Truth, East and West” (Eurozine and Public Seminar)
https://www.eurozine.com/a-pre-history-of-post-truth-east-and-west/
 
“Ukrainian Corruption is Trump’s Native Language,” Foreign Policy
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/12/ukrainian-word-corruption-trump-prodazhnist-language
 
On the Uses and Disadvantages of Historical Comparisons for Life,” Public Seminar
 
“The Price of Freedom, A Transatlantic Conversation,” Eurozine
 
“At the Border of Memory and Truth,” review of Maybe Esther by Katja Petrowskaja, New York Review of Books
 
“Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History,” (book by Steven Zipperstein), Public Seminar (5 July 2018); http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/07/pogrom-kishinev-and-the-tilt-of-history/
 
“Poland Digs a Memory Hole,” New York Times (4 February 2018); https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/opinion/poland-holocaust-law-justice-government.html
 
“The Poet Laureate of Hybrid War,” Foreign Policy(26 October 2017); http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/26/the-poet-laureate-of-hybrid-war/
 
“The Bard of Eastern Ukraine, Where Things are Falling Apart” (The New Yorker) 
 
“Reading Tony Judt in Wartime Ukraine (The New Yorker)
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/reading-tony-judt-in-wartime-ukraine
 
“Rescuing the Yiddish Ukraine” (The New York Review of Books)
 
“Surreal Love in Prague” (Times Literary Supplement)
http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1360300.ece
 

“The Bloody History between Poland and Ukraine Led to Their Unlikely Solidarity” (The New Republic)
https://newrepublic.com/article/116956/poland-and-ukraine-bloody-history-aside-unlikely-allies

“Rachelka’s Tablecloth: Poles and Jews, Intimacy and Fragility ‘on the Periphery of the Holocaust’” Tr@nsit Online
http://www.iwm.at/read-listen-watch/transit-online/rachelkas-tablecloth-poles-and-jews-intimacy-and-fragility-on-the-periphery-of-the-holocaust/

“The Banality of Merkel” (Foreign Affairs)
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139410/marci-shore/the-banality-of-merkel

“Out of the Desert: A Heidegger for Poland” (The Times Literary Supplement)
http://www.iwm.at/wp-content/uploads/Out-of-the-desert-TLS.pdf

“The Jewish Hero History Forgot” (The New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opinion/the-jewish-hero-history-forgot.html

Selected translations
“The Quietness of Death,” translation from the Polish essay “Cisza śmierci” by Krzysztof Michalski, Eurozine; https://www.eurozine.com/the-quietness-of-death/
 
“Seven Dillweeds,” translation from the Russian of the short story “Семь Укропов” from the novel Долгота дней (The length of the day) by Vladimir Rafeenko, Eurozine; http://www.eurozine.com/seven-dillweeds/
 

       

    

Period: 
Modern
Recent
Geography: 
Eastern Europe
Russia
Western Europe
Thematic: 
Cultural
Intellectual
Jewish