Graduate Students

Maya Vinokour


My dissertation, "Power, Sexuality, and the Masochist Aesthetic from Sacher-Masoch to Kharms," traces the birth of modern subjectivity through a genealogy of the "masochist aesthetic" in German and Russian literature. My project will situate the explosion of sexological discourse in two moments of intense historical change that marked the transition, in German- and Russian-speaking realms, from one form of political conservatism to another from Wilhelminism and tsarism to Nazism and High Stalinism.

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Program in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania