Recent Issues of Ulbandus

ULBANDUS 17 | 2016
A Culture of Institutions / Institutions of Culture

Editor’s Introduction
Bradley Gorski i

Part OneCritics and Censors

Literary Criticism and the Censor in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Russia: Problems of Interaction
KIRILL ZUBKOV 3

Fidelity and Testimony: Publishing, Censorship and Commentary in József Lengyel's Confrontation 
GABOR DANYI 17

(Re)Defining a Literary Genre: How Italo Calvino's Postmodern (Hyper)Novels became "Philosophical Allegories" in the USSR
ILARIA SICARI 42

Part Two: Markets and Cultural Consumption

When Theory Entered the Market: The Russian Formalists' Encounter with Mass Culture
BASIL LVOFF 65

Mythologizing the Past to Survive the Present: Trauma and Cultural Memory in Timur Bekmambetov's Imperial Bank Commercials (1992–1997)
ELIZAVETA MANKOVSKAYA 86

Whose Ghosts Are These Anyway?
MARINA KAGANOVA 108

Part Three: Process and Cultural Production

Zdesizdat and Discursive Revolution: The Metropol Affair
SOPHIE PINKHAM 127

The Paradox of Thick Journals: The Place of "Thick" Literary Journals in Contemporary Russia
translated by Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler

EVGENIYA VOROBYEVA 146

"A Corporation Called Aleksei Ivanov": Aleksei Ivanov on Local Identity, Writing, and Success
interview by BRADLEY GORSKI 158

Book Reviews

Maria di Salvo, Daniel H. Kaiser, and Valerie A. Kivelson (eds.), Word and Image in Russian History: Essays in Honor of Gary Marker
reviewed by BRITTANY PHEIFFER NOBLE 180 

Sibelan E.S. Forrester and Martha M.F. Kelly (eds.), Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts
reviewed by ALANA HEIN 182

Alexander Cigale, (ed.), Atlanta Review, Russia Feature
reviewed by GENEVIEVE ARLIE 184

Viktor Pelevin, Smotritel'
reviewed by SERHII TERESHCHENKO 185

Douglas Rogers, The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism
reviewed by BRADLEY GORSKI 187

Irina Sandomirskaia, Blokada v slove: Ocherki kriticheskoi teorii i biopolitiki iazyka
reviewed by IRINA DENISCHENKO 190



Ulbandus 15 - 2013

SEEING TEXTS

Contents

Editor’s Introduction … iii
GRETA MATZNER-GORE

PART ONE: VISIONS OF POETRY

Words Turned to Spindles: Gavriil Derzhavin’s Poetics of the Machine … 9
TATIANA SMOLIAROVA

“Broadway” by Vladimir Mayakovsky … 33
Translated by CARLOTTA CHENOWETH

Fixing a Deep Gaze: Baratynskii’s Trilogy of Miniatures as a Cycle of Seeing … 41
ELENA PEDIGO CLARK

PART TWO: WRITING WITH PICTURES

Dunia’s Progress, Samson’s Decline, and Pushkin’s Modernity: Decrypting the German Pictures in “The Stationmaster” … 59
KATYA JORDAN 

History in Czech Comics: Lucie Lomová’s Divoši … 81
JOSÉ ALANIZ

PART THREE: LITERARY FILMS AND CINEMATIC NOVELS

War and Peace Visualized: From Page to Stage and Screen … 109
SARAH B. MOHLER

Sun-bathed Steppes in French Prisons: Bresson Reading Dostoevsky … 133
MELISSA FRAZIER

A Copy of a Copy (of a Copy): The Search for Authenticity in Mess-Mend and The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks … 153
GRETA MATZNER-GORE

PART FOUR: PHOTOGRAPHIC WORDS

Ekphrasis in Red Cavalry: Letters about “A Letter” … 173
REBECCA STANTON and GRETA MATZNER-GORE

“John Glassie’s Broken Photographs” by Andrei Sen-Sen’kov … 185
Translated with commentary by MOLLY THOMASY BLASING

 

Ulbandus 14 - 2012
Andrei Plantonov
STYLE, CONTEXT, MEANING
 

Contents

Acknowledgments ... iii

Note on Transliteration ... iv

Editor’s Introduction ... v
KATHARINE HOLT

PART ONE: INTERPRETATIONS

Platonov’s Chevengur Between Defamiliarization and Compassion ... 3
AAGE HANSEN-LÖVE

The “Common Proletarian House,” or “Essessar, Our Mother” ... 37NATALIA DUZHINA

Kotlovan: Translation Failures As Interpretation Clues ... 48
OLGA MEERSON

A Groundless Foundation Pit ... 61
TORA LANE

Ekphrastic Metaphysics of Dzhan ... 76
NARIMAN SKAKOV

Platonov’s Last Word: The Magic Ring Reconsidered ... 93
ROBERT CHANDLER

Scenes from “Bezruchka” 105
Original illustrations by BELA SHAYEVICH

PART TWO: CONTEXTS

Platonov and Reshetnikov ... 111
BORIS GASPAROV

The Development of Platonov’s Narrative Perspective
in the Context of the 1920s ... 130
ROBERT HODEL

Platonov and His Contemporaries: Dem’ian Bednyi ... 156
NATALIA KORNIENKO

Platonov and Stalin: Dialogues in Double Dutch ... 202
EVGENY DOBRENKO

Platonov, Incommensurability, and the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee ... 216
JONATHAN BROOKS PLATT

*PART THREE: SYNTHESES

“A Mixture of Living Creatures”: Man and Animal in the
Works of Andrei Platonov ... 251
HANS GÜNTHER

Power and the Other in the Dramatic Works of Andrei Platonov ... 273
NATALIA POLTAVTSEVA

Platonov’s Blindness ... 289
THOMAS SEIFRID

Platonov and the Open Text ... 302
PHILIP ROSS BULLOCK


Ulbandus 13 - 2010
VIOLENCE


Contents

Editor's Introduction ... i
ANI KOKOBOBO

Voyeurism and Violence, With Constant Reference to Dostoevsky
An Essay in Misanthropology ... 1
ALICIA CHUDO*

Playground-Graveyard:
Violence, the Body and Borderline Urban Space in Lilja 4-Ever ... 29
BRINTON TENCH COXE

Horrors All Our Own:
Recreating and Reenacting Myths of St. Petersburg's Past ... 41
SASHA de VOGEL

Violence in Bai Ganyo:
From Balkan to Universal ... 52
VICTOR FRIEDMAN

Aleksandr Pushkin's The Captain's Daughter:
A Poetics of Violence ... 64
ALEXANDER GROCE

The "Curse" of Eastern Blood in Ismail Kadare's Elegy for Kosovo ... 79
ANI KOKOBOBO

Georgian Popular Music and the Cliché of the Nation at War ... 94
LAUREN NINOSHVILI

Dishonor by Flogging and Restoration by Dancing:
Leskov's Response to Dostoevsky ... 109
IRINA REYFMAN

Madeness (Сделаность) ... 126
POLINA BARSKOVA

The Fourtieth Day ... 138
ANNA FRAJLICH

feminine nouns that end in a consonant:
conversations with Croatian men ... 139
JUDITH PINTAR
__________________
*Alicia Chudo is a pseudonym of Gary Saul Morson.


Ulbandus 12 - 2009/10
PUSHKIN

Maksim Hanukai - Editor

Contents

Editor's Introduction
Maksim Hanukai • i

Part One: Life and Art

The Gavriliada as Gossip
Katharine Holt • 1

Linguistic Comedy in Eugene Onegin
J. Douglas Clayton • 21

Pushkin’s Year of Frustration, or How The Golden Cockerel is Made
Boris Gasparov • 41

The Disenchantment of Poetry: Pushkin’s Egyptian Nights
Maksim Hanukai • 63

Life-Writing in the 1830s: Viazemsky’s Fon-Vizin and Pushkin’s “Table Talk”
Andrew Kahn • 83

Part Two: Legacy

Sexuality in The Tale of the Golden Cockerel
and the Tradition of Russian Anti-Utopianism   

Alexei Lalo • 105

Learning Generational Wisdom from Pushkin:
Sophia Parnok’s “Trudno, trudno, brat…”

Vladimir Golstein • 119

Rereading Nabokov’s Commentaries to Eugene Onegin
Francisco Picon • 140

Erecting Monuments, Real and Imagined: Brodsky’s Monuments
to Pushkin Within the Context of Soviet Culture

Rebecca Pyatkevich • 161

Untitled Rant #2
Q • 183
 

Ulbandus 11 - 2008
High/low

Contents

Editor's Introduction
Thomas Anessi • i

From Aga Khan to Dim Sum:
New Russia's Asian Appetite

Thomas J. Garza • 1

Literacy and Literary Mastery in Early Soviet Russia:
The Case of Yuri Olesha's Envy

Maria Kisel • 23

From Freedom Fortress to Jihadist Camp:
The Interplay of High and Low Culture in Representing the Caucasus

John Hope • 46

Rethinking the High Style:
The Uses of Church Slavonicisms in the Works of Contemporary Russian Poets

Maria Khotimsky • 74

Three-Day Weekend
Vitaly Komar • 99

Jane Austen and Russian Chat
Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy • 115

Fourth Partition
Thomas Starky • 126

"I Want": Women in Post-Soviet Comics
José Alaniz • 142

From Foul Utopia to Critical Mess:
The End of Modernity in Russian and American Art

Jonathan Brooks Platt • 180

The Songs of Edward Stachura: An Introduction
An essay by Graham Crawford with translations by
Graham Crawford and J. Podlaszewski
• 222

Born in the USSR:
Searching High and Low for Post-Soviet Identity

Irina Six • 232

The Robert A. Maguire Prize • 252



Ulbandus 10 - 2006-2007
My Nabokov

Contents

Editor's Introduction
Marijeta Bozovic • i

Who is 'My Nabokov'?
Brian Boyd • 1

Vladimir Nabokov: Two Poems
translated by John C. Wright • 4

Nabokov vs. Casanova: An Affair of Honor 
Valentina Izmirlieva • 8

Reading Chernyshevskii in Tehran: Nabokov and Nafisi
Eric Naiman • 25

Little Girl Lost: A Hebrew Translation of Lolita and Nabokov's Angry Ghost
Ari Lieberman • 41

Self-Parasitism, Shared Roots, and Disembodied Meters within Nabokov's Eugene Onegin Project 
John C. Wright • 63

Nabokov and Benjamin: A Late Modernist Response to History
Will Norman • 79

Plaster, Marble, Canon: The Vindication of Nabokov in Post-Soviet Russia
Yuri Leving • 101

How Did They Ever Make a Dance Work of Lolita? Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Motion
Laura Regensdorf • 123

Insert: Photos
Svetlana Boym • 146

Struggle for the Narrative: Nabokov and Kubrick's Collaboration on the Lolita Screenplay
Julia Trubikhina • 149

The Cybernetics of Nabokov's "Beneficence": An Anachronism
Ben Peters • 173

Literary Bilingualism and Code-Switching in Nabokov's Ada
Rita Safariants • 191

Talking Back to Nabokov: A Commentary on a Commentary
Rebecca Stanton212

Untitled
Q • 222

 

Staff

 

Editor-in-Chief:

Marijeta Bozovic

Associate Editors:

John (Cal) Wright, Maksim Hanukai

Technical Editor:

Maksim Hanukai

Assistant Editors:

Brinton Tench Coxe, Anna Dvigubski, Andrew Glikin-Gusinsky, Bella Grigoryan, Francisco (Paco) Picon, Rebecca Pyatkevich, Steven Shaklan, Erica Siegel

Subscriptions:

Natalia Ermolaev, Erica Siegel

Advisory Board:

Jared Ingersoll, Mara Kashper, Ron Meyer, and Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy

Administrative Assistance:

Evelyn Garcia, Elsie Martinez, Alla Rachkov

Cover Art:

Svetlana Boym (front), Francisco (Paco) Picon (back)

Web site:

Rebecca Stanton




Ulbandus 9 - 2005 - 2006
The '60s

Contents

Announcement: The Maguire Prize i

Editor's Introduction
Rebecca Pyatkevich • 1

Aleksey Rzhevsky, Russian Mannerist 
Irina Reyfman3

The Russian Literary Scene: 1860s and 1980s
Robert Belknap • 19

An Imprint of the Times: Marlen Khutsiev's July Rain and the End of the Thaw 
B. Tench Coxe • 30

Anna Akhmatova in Poems by Brodsky and Naiman
Margo Shohl Rosen • 48

Mikhail Krasilnikov: A Memoir
Lev Loseff (trans. Rebecca Pyatkevich) • 69

Bad Singing: Avtorskaia Pesnia and the Aesthetics of Metacommunication 
Rachel Platonov87

 

Staff

Editor-in-Chief:

Rebecca Pyatkevich

Associate Editor:

John (Cal) Wright

Assistant Editors:

Thomas Anessi, Jeff Barreith, Marijeta Bozovic, Anna Dvigubski, Rory Finnin, Bella Grigoryan, Thomas Kitson, Ani Kokobobo, Jonathan Platt, Margo Rosen, Steven Shaklan, Emma Lieber

Subscriptions:

Natalia Ermolaev, Erica Siegel

Advisory Board:

Jared Ingersoll, Mara Kashper, Ron Meyer, and Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy

Administrative Assistance:

Evelyn Garcia, Elsie Martinez, Alla Rachkov

Additional Assistance from:

Stephane Charitos, Piero di Porzio

Web site:

Rebecca Stanton


Ulbandus 8 - 2004
The Fruits of Evil:
Baudelaire, Decedence, and Russian

Contents

From the Editor
Margo Shohl Rosen • 2

The First Russian Flowers of Evil
Adrian Wanner • 4

The Salon Files
The Informalists • 18

Valery Briusov and the Construction of Urban Forms
B. Tench Coxe • 27

A New Russian Rafflesia from Baudelaire’s Garden:
Yuri Mamleev’s Literary Origins and the Poetics of the Ugly

Inna Tigountsova • 47

From the Hothouse to the Harem: Rozanov and Decadence
Douglas Greenfield • 67

The Decadent Anna Akhmatova?: a virtual tea
Margo Rosen, Boris Gasparov, Kirsten Lodge, Colleen McQuillen, Jon Platt, Anatoly Naiman, Marijeta Bozovic, Doug Greenfield, and Tench Coxe • 91

The Dionysian Roots of Symbolist Masquerade Balls
in Petersburg and Poem without a Hero
Colleen McQuillen • 106

“He said that for a woman to be a poet is nonsense”:
Anna Akhmatova in Quest of a Lyrical Voice

Boris Gasparov • 119

The Other Russian Literature:
Viktor Erofeev’s Russian Flowers of Evil

Marijeta Bozovic • 138

Victim and Scourge: Baudelairean Echoes in Gumilev
Timothy Williams • 144

Staff

Editor-in-Chief:

Margo Shohl Rosen
Associate Editors:Marijeta Bozovic, Natalia Ermolaev
Assistant Editors:Jeffrey Barreith, Tench Coxe, Douglas Greenfield, Bella Grigoryan, Thomas Kitson, Jon Kyst, Kirsten Lodge, Colleen McQuillen, Emily Newman, Jonathan Brooks Platt, Rebecca Plimpton, Rebecca Pyatkevich, Erica Siegel, Sanna Turoma, Timothy Williams
Art & Design Editor:Jonathan Platt
Subscriptions:Natalia Ermolaev, Erica Siegel
Advisory Board:Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, Rebecca Stanton
Administrative Assistance:Evelyn Garcia, Elsie Martinez
Web site:Rebecca Stanton

 

Photography

Photography for “The Salon Files” by Sonje Berg, Tench Coxe, Tony de Leon, and Emily Newman.

 

Ulbandus 7 - 2003

Empire, Union, Center, Satellite:
The place of post-colonialtheory in Slavic/Central and Eastern European/ (Post-) Soviet Studies

 

Contents

Editor's Introduction .......................................................
Jonathan Brooks Platt
2

Empire, Union, Center, Satellite: A Questionnaire.....................................................................
Stephen Collier, Alex Cooley, Bruce Grant, Harriet Murav, Marc Nichanian, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Alexander Etkind
 

5
Russia and the Problem of Internal Colonization .............
Jon Kyst
 
26
Postcolonialism, Russia and Ukraine ..................................
Vitaly Chernetsky
 
32
Imperial Realism: Belinsky and the Wretched of the
Earth
.....................................................................................
Vadim Shkolnikov
 

63
Songs of Africa: The Native Voice in Four Poems by Nikolai Gumilev ....................................................................
Gwen Walker
 

73
Sonic Hierarchies and the Clash of Discourses in Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's First Teacher ............................
B. Tench Coxe
 

107
Exile and the Death of Languages in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters .........................................................................
Jefferson J. A. Gatrall
 

122
Joseph Brodsky and Orientalism: A Russian Moor in Venice? .................................................................................
Sanna Turoma
 

143

The Polish Poet: Traveler, Exile, Expatriate, World Citizen....................................................................................
David A. Goldfarb
 


155

Polish Iraq ............................................................................
Tom Anessi
 
173

Who's Coming to the Party? ...............................................
Kara Lynch
 

178
A Letter to the Editor .........................................................
Q
189

 

Staff

 

Editor-in-Chief:

Jonathan Brooks Platt

Assistant Editors:

Karin Beck, Sonje Berg, Rhupa Bhattacharya, DavidCooper, Jefferson Gatrall, Tom Kitson, Jon Kyst, Kirsten Lodge, Rebecca Pyatkevich, Margo Rosen, Rebecca Stanton, Sanna Turoma, Timothy Williams

Subscriptions & Accounts:

Natasha Ermolaev, Erica Siegel

Cover Design:

Aneta Wlodyka

Web Site Design:

Rebecca Stanton

Advisory Board

Robert A. Maguire, Ron Meyer, Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, and Jared Ingersoll


 

Ulbandus 6 - 2002
160 Years of Dead Souls

Contents

Editor's Introduction .......................................................
Tench Coxe
 
2
Two Dead Souls: A Dialogue .........................................
Abakum Fyrov and Maksim Teliatnikov
 
4
Remembering Ulbandus Review .....................................
Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy
 
6
Translating Dead Souls ...................................................
Robert A. Maguire
 
13
Frame and Focus: Dead Souls in Perspective ...............
Jonathan Brooks Platt
 
38
Gogol's Bird Troika and the Horses of San Marco ......
Douglas Greenfield
 
60
The Semiotics of Gogol's Dead Souls ..........................
Kirsten Lodge
 
69
Exegi Testamentum: Gogol's Last Testament ...............
Ilya Vinitsky
 
85
Where's Gogol's Nose? ...................................................
Jefkhonte G-v
 
116

New Historicism, Russian Style ......................................
Jon Kyst

123

Staff

Editor-in-Chief:

Tench Coxe
Art & Design Editor:Jonathan Brooks Platt
Assistant Editors:Karin Beck, Sonje Berg, Rhupa Bhattacharya, DavidCooper, Jefferson Gatrall, Tom Kitson, Jon Kyst, Kirsten Lodge, Rebecca Pyatkevich, Margo Rosen, Rebecca Stanton, Sanna Turoma, Timothy Williams
Subscriptions & Accounts:Natasha Ermolaev, Erica Siegel
Cover Design:Aneta Wlodyka
Web Site Design:Rebecca Stanton
Advisory Board:Robert A. Maguire, Ron Meyer,
Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy,
and Jared Ingersoll

Illustrations

Cover image:The Nose, by Alberto Giacometti
Back inside cover image:Herd of Sheep with Black Ram,
by Jacques Hnizdovsky