Julia Vaingurt

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

B.A., English, Grinnell College (1992)
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Iowa (1994)
Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (2005)

Area of Specialization

20th century Russian literature and culture; Russian, European, and American Modernism and Avant-Garde

Additional Interests

18th century Russian literature, 19th century Russian fiction,  Russian-American cultural intersections,  Russian-Jewish literature,  technology and bioethics in literature, literary theory, aesthetic theory.

Selected Publications


Wonderlands of the Avant-Garde: Technology and the Arts in Russia of the 1920s (2013).


“Human Machines and the Pains of Penmanship in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We.”  Forthcoming in Cultural Critique, Vol. 80 (April, 2012).

“Unfair Use: Parody, Plagiarism, and Other Suspicious Practices in and around Lolita.”  NOJ: Nabokov Online Journal, vol. 5, 2011.

"The Anatomy of a Space Flight: Rockets and Other Mechanical Eggs in Russian Modernism."  Russian Literature, Fall 2011.

"Indelible Inscriptions: Rewriting the Self in The Egyptian Stamp."  The Effect of Palimpsest (New York: Peter Lang, 2011).

“Poetry of Labor and Labor of Poetry:  The Universal Language of Alexei Gastev’s Biomechanics.”  The Russian Review, April 2008.

“Base Superstructures and Technical Difficulties in Mayakovsky’s America.”   The Harriman Review 12:4  (November 2000) 5-11.


Contact Information

Office: 1618 UH, MC 315
Phone: 312-413-3058
Fax: 312-413-1044
Email: vaingurt@uic.edu