Harsha Ram

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Associate Professor
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Comparative Literature

Ram's first book, The Imperial Sublime (2003), addresses the relationship between poetic genre, aesthetic theory, territorial space and political power in 18th- and early 19th-century Russian literature. His recent publications chiefly concern Russian-Georgian, Russian-French and Russian-Italian literary relations in the context of theories of world literature and comparative modernisms. His forthcoming book, The Geopoetics of Sovereignty. Literatures of the Russian-Georgian Encounter, seeks to provide a historical account of cultural relations between Georgian and Russian writers and intellectuals over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, tracing how the Caucasus region was mapped geopolitically as contested territory and geopoetically as a space of natural and ethnolinguistic diversity. A complimentary volume, titled City of Crossroads. Nineteenth-century Tiflis between Empire and Revolution, will examine the cultural production associated with the Georgian capital Tbilisi, from travel writing to the vernacular culture of the city's artisans to the writings of the Georgian modernists and the Russophone avant-garde.