Professor of Russian Literature,
Slavic Department, Stanford University, USA
Graduated from the Latvian State University cum laude (1966)
Research interests: history of twentieth century Russian literature (literary life of the USSR, literary history, history of journalism and culture of the Russian abroad of the first part of the twentieth century), Baltic-Russian cultural ties, life and work of Boris Pasternak, Russian Berlin 1921–1923, Russian literature in the interwar Poland, poetics, history of Russian literary studies
Founded (together with Haun Saussy) a series of monographs "Verbal Art: Studies in Poetics" (Stanford University Press, 2005-)
Co-editor, Slavica Hierosolymitana (Jerusalem, 1977–1984)
Member of Editorial Board, Studien und Texte (Bremen, 1977–1984)
Member of Editorial Board, Modern Russian Literature and Culture (Berkeley, 1980-)
Member of Editorial Board, Literary Archives of the Russian Emigration (Paris, 1983)
Co-editor, Stanford Slavic Studies (1987-)
Member of the Editorial Board, Philologica. Bilingual Journal for the Study of Russian and Theoretical Philology (Moscow)
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Opyty (Paris)
Member of the Editorial Board, The Pushkin Miscellany, vol. 1 (Jerusalem, 1997)
Member of the Editorial Board, The Pushkin Anniversary Miscellany (Jerusalem, 1999)
Member of the Editorial Board, From the Other Shore: Russian Writers Abroad. Past and Present (Toronto, 2001-)
Member of the Editorial Board of the series Russkoe Zarubezh'e (St. Petersburg, 2002-)
Editorial Consultant, The Pushkin Journal (Utah)
Awards and distinctions
IREX Individual Advanced Research Program grant, 2001
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation reinvitation, 2000
Alexander von Humboldt-Forschungspreis, 1994–1995
A Fulbright Scholar Award, 1994 (declined)
The NEH Archival Research Grant for the project: “Toward the History of Russian Culture in Exile: Out of the Archives of the Newspaper SEGODNIA”, 1993–1994
German-American Cooperative Resesarch Grant for the project: “From Philosophy to Poetry: Boris Pasternak and Marburg” (in cooperation with H.-B. Harder and S. Dorzweiler), 1992–1993
The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1987
The Pew Foundation grant for the book: The Life of Boris Pasternak, 1986
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1978–1979, scholarship grant for the theme, “Pasternak and the History of Russian Futurism”
The Latvian State University, Riga, 1967, award for the article “From the History of the Elegy during the Pushkin Epoch”
The Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prizes Current Exhibition Catalogue Award for Excellence; First Place (tie), Division I — for the catalog “Russian Poetry and Revolution”
Academic publications — over 70 publications, including 16 books.
- Unacknowledged Legislators: Studies in Russian Literary History and Poetics in Honor of Michael Wachtel, ed. by Lazar Fleishman, David M. Bethea and Ilya Vinitsky. Berlin, Peter Lang Verlag, 2020.
- Skreshcheniia sudeb. Literarische und kulturelle Beziehungen zwischen Russland und dem Westen: A Festschrift for Fedor B. Poljakov, ed. by Lazar Fleishman, Stefan Michael Newerkla and Michael Wachtel. Berlin, Peter Lang Verlag, 2019.
- Across Borders: 20th Century Russian Literature and Russian-Jewish Cultural Contacts: Essays in Honor of Vladimir Khazan, ed. by Lazar Fleishman and Fedor Poljakov. Berlin, Peter Lang Verlag, 2018.
- Metamorphoses of Lev (Leon) Gomolickieg. Warsaw, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Kardynała Stefana Wyczyńskiego, 2015. (Co-authored with Pyotr Mitzner). In Polish
- Boris Pasternak and Nobel Prize. Мoscow, Azbukovnik Publ., 2013. (Reprint of the monograph The Encounter of Russian Immigrants with “Doctor Zhivago”, 2009). In Russ.
- The Encounter of Russian Immigrants with “Doctor Zhivago”: Boris Pasternak and the “Cold”. Stanford, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University, 2009. In Russ.
- From Pushkin to Pasternak. Selected Works on the Poetics and History of Russian Literature. Moscow, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie Publ., 2006. In Russ.
- Boris Pasternak and Literary Movement of the 1930s. St. Petersburg, Akademicheskii proekt Publ., 2005. (Reprint of the monograph published in Jerusalem in 1984). In Russ.
- Baltic-Russian Collection. Stanford; Oakland, Calif., Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Stanford University; Berkeley Slavic Specialties sole distributor, 2004. In Russ.
- Boris Pasternak in the 1920s. St. Petersburg, Akademicheskii proekt Publ., 2003. In Russ.
- In the Grip of Provocation: Operation “Trest” and Russian Émigré Press. Moscow, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie Publ., 2003. In Russ.
- In the Circle of Zhivago. Pasternak Collection. Stanford, Stanford University Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2000. In Russ.
- Russian Press in Riga: From the History of the Newspaper “Segodnya”of the 1930s. Stanford, Calif., 1997. Vols. 1–5. (Co-authored with Yu. Abyzov and B. Ravdin). In Russ.
- Boris Pasternak’s Lehrjahre: Unpublished Philosophical Abstracts and Notes. Stanford, 1996. Vols. 1–2. (In collaboration with G.-B. Harder and S. Dorzvailer). In Russ.
- From the History of Russian and Soviet Culture. Materials from the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford, Calif., Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Stanford University, 1992. In English
- Boris Pasternak: The Poet and His Politics. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1990. In English
- Poetry and Revolution in Russia: 1905–1930: An Exhibition of books and manuscripts. Stanford, Calif., Stanford University Libraries, 1989. In English
- Boris Pasternak in the 1930s. Jerusalem, Magnes Press Hebrew University, 1984. In Russ.
- Essays on Pasternak. Bremen, K-Presse, 1977. In English
Professor, Slavic Department, Stanford University, 1985–present.
Chairman, Slavic Department, Stanford University, 1991–1994.
Member, Editorial Board, Stanford University Press, 2002–2004.
Associate Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Comparative Literature, Slavic Department, 1981–1985.
Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University, Department of Comparative Literature, Slavic Department (tenure), 1977–1981.
Research Fellow with Rank of Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University, The Center for the Study of Slavic Languages and Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Slavic Department, 1974–1977.
Visiting Fellow, The Council of the Humanities, Princeton University, November 2003.
Visiting Professor, Latvian University, Riga, February 2001.
Visiting Professor, Charles University, Prague, March 2001.
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Fall Semester, 1999.
Stanford-in-Moscow Overseas Studies Program, Fall Quarter, 1998.
Visiting Professor, Russian State University for the Humanities, Fall Semester, 1998.
Senior Research Fellow, Russian Institute, Columbia University, 1985.
Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Fall Semester, 1984.
Visiting Professor, Yale University, Fall Semester, 1984.
Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Austin, Slavic Department, 1981–1982.
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1980–1981.
Visiting Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1978–1979.