Redefining the Russian Civilization and Culture Survey for the Trump Era

Except Princess Olga, Elizabeth, and Catherine II, there were few women discussed in the Russian civilization and culture course that Rachel Stauffer taught. There was little discussion of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class in Russia’s artistic, literary, and cultural history. In light of recent events, she has decided that she can no longer continue to teach this course without devoting more time to these topics.

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Reading Akhmatova Now

Rather than reading the poetry of Anna Akhmatova as discrete entities, Sarah Krive shares her experience reading them as they once were, situated in journals, newspapers, and small anthologies of their original publication. She wants to see how they appeared on the page, what other texts and images surrounded them. Remediating is a way of trying to understand, in part, “crucial cultural information about how different components of the periodical’s readership were intended to interact with its content.”

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“Why is There a Bull on the Magazine Cover?” The Readers of the Soviet Magazine 30 Days

Cassio de Oliveira introduces us to the readership of the Soviet magazine 30 Days (30 dnei, 1925-1941). Better known nowadays for having been the venue for the publication in installments of Il’ia Il’f and Evgenii Petrov’s famous novels The Twelve Chairs and The Golden Calf (Dvenadtsat’ stul’ev and Zolotoi telenok, published in 1928 and 1931 respectively), 30 Days also holds a unique place in the Soviet publishing environment between the NEP Era and the First Five-Year Plan.

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Writing in Public

An interview with Boris Dralyuk (Executive Editor, Los Angeles Review of Books) and Maya Vinokour (Assistant Professor at NYU and Editor, All the Russias’ Blog).

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