Oleg Gelikman

Oleg Gelikman, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
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Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Oleg Gelikman received his Ph.D. in Humanities (Comparative Literature) from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. He is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Soka University of America and served as Director of the Humanities Concentration. His primary field of expertise is the aesthetics of prose from Enlightenment to Modernism. His interests include critical theory, conceptual history and history of criticism (formalism and semiotics). His articles appeared in Angelaki, boundary 2, Comparative Literature and Culture, MLN and edited collections (Modernism and Theory; Modernism and Film; Messianic Thought Outside Theology). He also translated theoretical texts from Russian and French. His current project, Inceptions of the Political, concerns retrieval of names, concepts and figures immobilized or elided in the vernacular of political theory.

  • PhD in Humanities (Comparative Literature), The Johns Hopkins University
  • MA in Comparative Literature, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
  • BA in Sociology, University of Toledo
  • Literature of Dissent
  • Media and Experience
  • Politics in the Novel
  • Forms of Comedy
  • Literature and Evil
  • Film and Nation: Eastern Europe 1945-1989
  • Thinking through Nature
  • Critical Theory
  • Art of the Essay
  • Modernism Political Ecology
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Documentary Poetics
  • History of Photography
  • History of Criticism (Russian Formalism and Soviet Semiotics)
  • Political Ecology
  • Gelikman, Oleg. “The Crisis of the Messianic Claim: Scholem, Benjamin, Baudelaire” in Messianic Thought Outside Theology, edited by Anna Glazova and Paul North, 171–194. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.
  • “Eisenstein's Line: The Old and the New or Modernism as Meta-Politics.” Film and Literary Modernism, ed. Robert McParland (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013).
  • “The Crisis of the Messianic Claim: Scholem, Baudelaire, Benjamin.” Messianic Thought Outside Theology, ed. Paul North and Anna Glazova (Fordham University Press, 2012).
  • “Intermediality and Aesthetic Theory in Shklovsky’s and Adorno’s Thought.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 13.3 (2011).
  • “‘Cold Pastoral’: Werner Herzog’s Version of Empson.” Modern Language Notes 123.5 (2008).
  • “‘This New Evolution of Art’: Adorno’s Modernism and Re-Orientation of Aesthetics.” Modernism and Theory, ed. Stephen Ross (Routledge, 2008).
  • “‘Stolen Air’: Dissident Experience and World Literature.” Annals of Scholarship 17.1-2 (2007).
  • “Bourdieu’s Rules, Flaubert’s Style, Mallarmé’s Game.” boundary 2 33.1 (2006).
  • “After Aura: History of Photography and the Writing of the Origin in Benjamin.” Angelaki 8.1 (2003).
  • 2007-present, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Soka University of America 
  • 2006-2007, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder