Critical Literature

Below is a list of essays, articles, book chapters, and conference presentations that we have found particularly useful for the study of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian periodicals. We will continue to update this list, and welcome any suggestions for new and important critical literature, both within and outside our field.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian

Aronson, Mark, and Solomon Abramovich Reiser. Literaturnye kruzhki i salony. Leningrad: Priboi, 1929.

Brooker, Peter et al. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume III: Europe 1880 – 1940. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Butakova, Elizaveta. “Picturing the Soviet Neo-Avant-Garde: A-Ya Magazine (1979-1986).” Kritische Berichte 40.4 (2012): 89–96.

Dementʹev, Aleksandr. Ocherki istorii russkoi sovetskoi zhurnalistiki. Moskva: Nauka, 1966.

Kozlov, Denis. The Readers of Novyi Mir. Coming to Terms with the Stalinist Past. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Lenoe, Matthew E. Closer to the Masses: Stalinist Culture, Social Revolution, and Soviet Newspapers. Cambridge, Mass; London: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Maguire, Robert A. Red Virgin Soil. Soviet Literature in the 1920’s. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Marten-Finnis, S., and I. Duchan. “Transnational Public in Russian Berlin – The Avant-Garde Revue Veshch – Gegenstand – Object in 1922.” OSTEUROPA 58.3 (2008): 37.

Martinsen, Deborah A. Literary Journals in Imperial Russia. Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Romanenko, Katerina. “Photomontage for the Masses: The Soviet Periodical Press of the 1930s.” Design Issues 26.1 (2010): 29–39.

Sawicky, Nicholas. “The View From Prague.” In The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume III: Europe 1880 – 1940. ed. Peter Brooker, et al. (Oxford University Press, 2013), 1074-1098. Lead article for chapter sections on “East-Central Europe.”

Wolf, Erika. “When Photographs Speak, To Whom Do They Talk? The Origins and Audience of SSSR Na Stroike.” Left History 6.2 53–82. Print.


Binkes, Faith. Modernism, Magazines, and the British avant-garde: Reading Rhythm, 1910-1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Brake, Laurel. Print in Transition, 1850-1910: Studies in Media and Book History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Drucker, Johanna. The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1997. Print.

Latham, Sean, and Robert Scholes. “The Rise of Periodical Studies.” PMLA 121.2 (2006): 517-31.

Marek, Jayne. Women Editing Modernism: “Little” Magazines and Literary History. Lexington, 1995.

Morrisson, Mark. The Public Face of Modernism: Little Magazines, Audiences, and Reception, 1905-1920. Madison, 2000.

Scholes, Robert, and Clifford Wulfman. Modernism in the Magazines: An Introduction. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

White, Eric. Transatlantic Avant-Gardes: Little Magazines and Localist Modernism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Conference Presentations

‘What is a Journal? Towards a Theory of Periodical Studies,’ MLA 2013 Special Session
•    Ann Ardis, ‘Towards a Theory of Periodical Studies’
•    Sean Latham, ‘Affordance and Emergence: Magazine as New Media’
•    Dallas Liddle, ‘Methods in Periodical Studies: Follow the Genre’
•    James Mussell, ‘The Matter with Media’
•    Matthew Philpotts, ‘Defining the Thick Journal: Periodical Codes and Common Habitus’

Blue Mountain Project conference: “Remediating the Avant-Garde: Magazines and Digital Archives (October 25–26, 2013, Princeton University).
An interdisciplinary conference exploring the conceptual and practical ground where traditional area studies, art history, periodical studies, digital humanities, computer science, and library and information science converge.
Keynote: Radical Remediation by Johanna Drucker (Information Studies, UCLA)
1. Kurt Beals (German, Washington University in St. Louis)
The Universal and the Particular in the Avant-Garde Archive
2. Jonathan Baillehache (French, University of Georgia)
What User Interface for the Digitization of the Avant-Garde? The Dematerialization of     El Lissitzky
3. Sophie Seita (English, Univ. of London/Columbia University)
“What is ‘291’?” The Little Magazine as Fetish, and the Archival Pilgrimage of the Critic
4. Max Koss (Art History, University of Chicago)
Losing Touch: The Digital PAN
5. Hanno Biber (Institute for Corpus Linguistics and Text Technology, Austrian     Academy of Sciences)
The AAC-FACKEL, a Digital Edition of the Satirical Journal Die Fackel
6. Gayle Rogers (English, University of Pittsburgh)
The Spanish Morgue and the Emergence of International Modernism.
7. Thomas Crombez (Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp/University of Antwerp)
Digitizing Artist Periodicals: New Methodologies from the Digital Humanities for     Analyzing Artist Networks
8. Semyon Khokhlov (English, University of Notre Dame)
Modernism from a Distance: Data-Mining the Little Review
9. Jeffrey Drouin (English, University of Tulsa)
Digital Pedagogy: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Teaching Modernist     Periodicals
10. Suzanne Churchill (English, Davidson College)
The Digital Database: A Sustainable Model of Student, Staff, and Faculty Collaboration

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