Ann Komaromi is Associate Professor in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her research has focused particularly on late Soviet culture and the culture and public communities of dissidence. She has done extensive research on Samizdat, the uncensored publishing system of the Soviet Union. Her articles include analysis of uncensored literature and theory of samizdat textual culture. She is interested in the return of modernism and the avant-garde in nonconformist and oppositional literary and art movements of the post-War period. Current projects include studies of Jewish activism on both sides of the Iron Curtain, a comparison of French and Russian neo-avant-garde journals, and a study of ‘waste’ in works by various artists of the post-War era.