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Michael Holquist, ?68

Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literatures
Comparative Literature

Holquist__michael_resized Michael Holquist is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University and a Senior Scholar at Columbia. He received his B. A. from the University of Illinois, attended the Army Language School in Monterey, and served in the Army Security Agency for four years in Germany. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1968, after which he taught in Yale's Slavic Department. He was one of the founders of the Literature Major at Yale.
In 1975 he left New Haven to become Chair of Slavic at the University of Texas, Austin. From 1981 until 1986 he chaired the Slavic Department at Indiana University, Bloomington. He returned as Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature in 1986, serving as Chair of Comparative Literature from 1997 to 2004, when he retired and moved to New York City.
He has authored, translated, or co-authored eight books on Russian literature and literary theory and over a hundred articles on a wide variety of topics in other national literatures. He has given named series of lectures at Princeton (Gauss Lectures), Toronto (Northrop Frye) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Wei Lun). He was given Yale's highest teaching honor (Byrnes-Sewell Prize) for his work in Directed Studies. He was awarded a Ph. D.
honoris causa from the University of Stockholm in 2001. He served as President of the Modern Language Association of America in 2007.
He is the father of five sons and currently married to Elise Snyder, M. D., President and Founder of the Chinese-American Psychoanalytic Alliance.

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