Marci Shore

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Associate Professor of History
WHC 325, 53 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8916
(203) 432-6792

Fields of interest

European cultural & intellectual history


Marci Shore teaches European cultural and intellectual history.  She received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1996 and her PhD from Stanford University in 2001.  Before joining Yale’s history department, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University‘s Harriman Institute; an assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at Indiana University; and Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Yale.  She is the author of The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe (Crown, 2013), Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 (Yale University Press, 2006) and the translator of Michal Glowinski‘s Holocaust memoir The Black Seasons (Northwestern University Press, 2005). Currently she is finishing a manuscript titled The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution (forthcoming, Yale University Press); she is also at work on a longer book project titled Phenomenological Encounters: Scenes from Central Europe.

Among her articles and essays are “Czysto Babski: A Women’s Friendship in a Man’s Revolution” and “Engineering in the Age of Innocence: A Genealogy of Discourse Inside the Czechoslovak Writer’s Union, 1949-1967,” in East European Politics and Societies; “Children of the Revolution: Communism, Zionism, and the Berman Brothers” in Jewish Social Studies; “Conversing with Ghosts: Jedwabne, Zydokomuna, and Totalitarianism” in Kritika: Explorations of Russian and Eurasian History; “Tevye’s Daughters: Jews and European Modernity” in Contemporary European History; “When God Died: Symptoms of the East European Avant-Garde-and of Slavoj Zizek” in Slovo a smysl/Word and Sense: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory and Criticism in Czech Studies; and “Man liess sie nicht mal ein paar Worte sagen,” in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, “(The End of) Communism as a Generational History” in Contemporary European History; “‘If we’re proud of Freud…: The Family Romance of Judeo-Communism” in East European Politics and Societies; (Modernism in) “Eastern Europe” in The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism; “On Cosmopolitanism and the Avant-Garde, and a Lost Innocence of Mitteleuropa” in Utopia/Dystopia; “Narcissism and Its Discontents” in European Studies Forum; and “Can we see ideas?  On evocation, experience, and empathy” forthcoming in Modern European Intellectual History.

Selected Publications

“The Bard of Eastern Ukraine, Where Things are Falling Apart” (The New Yorker) 
“Reading Tony Judt in Wartime Ukraine (The New Yorker)
“Rescuing the Yiddish Ukraine” (The New York Review of Books)

“Surreal Love in Prague” (Times Literary Supplement)

“The Bloody History between Poland and Ukraine Led to Their Unlikely Solidarity” (The New Republic)

“Rachelka’s Tablecloth: Poles and Jews, Intimacy and Fragility ‘on the Periphery of the Holocaust’” Tr@nsit Online

“The Banality of Merkel” (Foreign Affairs)

“Out of the Desert: A Heidegger for Poland” (The Times Literary Supplement)

“The Jewish Hero History Forgot” (The New York Times)