Alex Moshkin (PhD Student, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania)
“Israeli-Russian Periodicals 1995-2015 – Networks, Aesthetics and Ideologies”
In this digital project, I zoom in on the literary field of russophone periodicals in Israel in the last 20 years. By appropriating the sociological method of literary investigation outlined by Pierre Bourdieu in his magnum opus, The Rules of Art, I set to analyze the respective position of four Israeli-Russian “thick-journals”—Dvoetochie, Zerkalo, 22 and Ierusalimskii Zhurnal —in the Israeli-Russian literary field.
In addition, I utilize So and Long’s methodology in “Network Analysis and the Sociology of Modernism” in order to consider the place of transnational networks of communication in the larger structure of Russian-language periodicals and journals in Israel in the last 20 years. Specifically, I’m interested to flesh out the interplay between the geographic and linguistic affiliation of the authors and the aesthetic and ideological position of the literary magazines.