In the 16th century most of Russia is still a terra incognita with a highly dubious and mostly mythologized geography, anthropology, and sociology. In this article we look at some texts of the Early Modern period – Sir Thomas Smithes Voiage and Entertainment in Rushia (1605), Peter Mundy’s Travel Writings of 1640–1641, and The Voiages and Trave…[Read more]
In his fiction, journalism and letters, Dostoevsky recurrently mentions ethnicity of his protagonists. Russians, Poles, Englishmen, Germans, Turks, Greeks etc. never act as individuals with their personal life but rather as ‘carriers’ of some national idea. Amidst the nations represented in Dostoevsky’s oeuvre, there are some Jews. The fashi…[Read more]
egoodwin started the topic Yuri Tynianov's novel reaches English readers – after 90 years in the discussion Slavic and East European Literatures on MLA Commons 5 months, 4 weeks ago
English-speaking readers can now enjoy a major Russian novel that appeared 90 years ago – for the first time. In June 2018 Look Multimedia published a new full English translation of the Soviet/Russian writer and critic Yuri Tynianov’s 1929 novel Death of the Vazir Mukhtar (Smert’ Vazir-Mukhtara in Russian).
Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar is one of…[Read more]
George Prokhorov deposited FROM EYEWITNESS NARRATIVES TO RETELLINGS AND LITERARY ADAPTATIONS: THE RUSSIAN TIME OF TROUBLES IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE in the group LLC Russian and Eurasian on MLA Commons 1 year ago
The article focuses on the adaptation strategies used by Lope de Vega in his play El Gran Duque de Moscovia y emperador perseguido (1617). This tragedy, built on material acquired from travelogues, represents the first depiction of the Russian Time of Troubles in fiction. In it, one can follow Lope de Vega’s shift from preserving the factual d…[Read more]
Lisa Zunshine deposited “’Think What You’re Doing, Or You’ll Only Make an Ugly Reputation for Yourself’: Chin P’ing Mei (金瓶梅), Lying, and Literary History” in the group LLC Russian and Eurasian on MLA Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
How does our daily mindreading—that is, our attribution and misattribution of mental states (such as thoughts, feelings, and intentions) to ourselves and others—differ from the mindreading we engage in when we read fiction? I have argued elsewhere (e.g., “Secret Life of Fiction,” PMLA, 2015) that drama, novels, and narrative poetry play and exp…[Read more]
Vitaly Chernetsky deposited Learning from Gombrowicz: Trans-Atlantyk and Its Legacies in Queer and Trans* Cultural Representation in the group LLC Russian and Eurasian on MLA Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
Slide show to accompany my paper.
Levente T. Szabó deposited À la recherche… de l’editeur perdu. Brassai Sámuel and the first international journal of comparative literary studies in the group LLC Russian and Eurasian on MLA Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
The first international journal of comparative literary studies, entitled Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum (1877-1888), was published in Kolozsvár/Cluj/Klausenburg (in former Hungary, today in Romania). The research on the pioneering multilingual journal usually foregrounds only one of the editors, Hugo von Meltzl, the young university…[Read more]
In the article, we trace some aspects of development of eventivity and narrativity in Medieval and early Modern Era travel literature. Dissecting episodes of Sir Thomas Smithes Voiage and Entertainment in Rushia (1605), A Travel of Anonimous Citizen of Suzdal to The Council of Florence (15th century), Russian Primary Chronicle (12th century), and…[Read more]
The purpose of this graduate course is to examine key texts of the twentieth century that established the fundamental connection between language structures and practices on the one hand, and the formation of selfhood and subjectivity, on the other. In particular, the course will focus on theories that emphasize the role of formal elements in…[Read more]
Vertov’s early years in film: the Kino-Nedelia newsreels, the work on the agitational trains, the anti-religious propaganda films.
Vertov in 1917, and an investigation of some of his shaping contexts: musical practice, Futurist poetry, early non-fiction filmmaking, and Marxism.
Dziga Vertov’s education during the early years of World War: his changing personal situation as a war refugee, the connections he made at the Institute, the ideas that exerted an influence.
On Dziga Vertov’s early life and the city (Bialystok) and situations in which he grew up.
Serguei Alex Oushakine deposited “Address your questions to Dostoevsky”: Privatizing Punishment in Russian Cinema. In: Russia’s New Fin de Siècle: Contemporary Culture between Past and Present. Edited by Birgit Beumers. Intellect: Chicago. in the group LLC Russian and Eurasian on MLA Commons 3 years, 1 month ago
The chapter offers a close reading of two cinematic cases, Andrei Zviagintsev’s Elena (2011) and Govorukhin’s Voroshilov Sniper, in order to demonstrate in a reverse engineering move how publically executed punishments of the late 1990s were translated into quiet murders a decade later. This transition from ‘punishments outside the law’ to ‘crimes…[Read more]
Suha Kudsieh started the topic FYI: MLA Panel (Jan. 7 @ 1:45 pm) on Russia & the Middle East (17th-19th Cent.) in the discussion Slavic and East European Literatures on MLA Commons 3 years, 1 month ago
FYI, this special panel at the MLA 2016:
48. Russia and the Middle East from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century
Thursday, 7 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 202, JW Marriott
A special session
Presiding: Suha Kudsieh, Coll. of Staten Island, City Univ. of New York
1. “The Middle East in Arseny Sukhanov’s Pro…[Read more]
[Please feel free to post and circulate among your colleagues, grad students, and e-lists]
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) welcomes proposals for panels that focus on Russian, Slavic and East European Literatures. NeMLA is interested in seeing this area grow by offering more panels. Those who are interested in…[Read more]
Suha Kudsieh started the topic Still Accepting Proposals: “Russia & the Middle East” (Premodern-19th Cent.) in the discussion Slavic and East European Literatures on MLA Commons 3 years, 11 months ago
I am still looking for proposals for the panel on “Russia and the Middle East.” We welcome proposals that examine the interaction and cultural exchange between these two areas from the premodern period up to the nineteenth century. The extended deadline is March 21, 2015.
Here is the upd…[Read more]
Following is a list of the calls for papers for the 2016 MLA Convention (Austin, TX, January 7-10) for panels sponsored by the Russian and Eurasian Forum, the Slavic and East European Forum, and the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 15 for all p…[Read more]
Suha Kudsieh started the topic "Russia and the Middle East" (Pre-modern) – MLA, Austin, 7–10 Jan. 2016 in the discussion Slavic and East European Literatures on MLA Commons 3 years, 11 months ago
Please feel free to post the CFP in your department, circulate it as among colleagues and on other e-lists, and forward it to your grad students:
131st MLA Annual Convention
Austin, 7–10 January 2016
Title of panel: “Russia and the Middle East (Pre-modern)”
Description: this special panel examines broad cultural in…[Read more]
And one more CFP:
NEW APPROACHES TO CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Panel proposed by the International Dostoevsky Society
New approaches to Dostoevsky’s novel welcome. How well do existing socio-political, religious, biographical, and psychoanalytic readings serve this text? Abstracts, maximum one page, by 15 March 2014 to Susan McReynolds…[Read more]
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