• Periodical Studies: Why and How to Re-read East European Journals

    Author(s):
    Natalia Ermolaev, Philip Gleissner (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Eastern European Literature
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, Eastern Europe, Mass media--Study and teaching, Periodicals, Russian literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Media studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M68824
    Abstract:
    Nearly a decade ago, Sean Latham and Robert Scholes ambitiously proclaimed “The Rise of Periodical Studies” in the PMLA, the premier publication that institutionalizes new trends in literary and cultural studies. Latham and Scholes proposed a seemingly radical reorientation in the philological scholarship of magazines and journals: treat them as “autonomous objects of study” rather than just as “containers of discrete bits of information.” And while this approach has provoked significant, if at times polemical response in English and American Studies, the Slavic and East European fields have remained surprisingly silent. Is the notion of periodical studies as a discrete field applicable to our work? Does it differ from the ways Slavists have been analyzing journals for decades? At “Decoding the Periodical,” a workshop at Princeton University in March 2015,2 we explored these questions with participants from fields of history, art history, and literary studies. Our conclusion was an emphatic yes, that periodical studies does offer Slavic new methodological avenues that reveal the dynamism of our specific periodical culture.
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