Review: The Image of Jews in Contemporary China

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China, edited by James Ross and Song Lihong, has been reviewed in The Times of Israel. To read the full review, visit their website.

The Image of Jews in Contemporary China, an illuminating volume edited by James Ross and Song Lihong ... covers a great deal of ground in comprehensive fashion ... This surge of interest in all things Jewish among Chinese people is no minor development, and fortunately, it’s neatly encapsulated in The Image of Jews in Contemporary China.
— Sheldon Kirshner, the Times of Israel
Review: Before They Were Titans: Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy

Before They Were Titans: Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy edited with an introduction by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen was reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)

The collective format works well for Before They Were Titans, allowing for the inclusion of disparate critical voices and approaches. The essays’ diversity in this regard is a strength of the volume and the resulting collection is a pleasure to read ... Thoughtfully selected, arranged and composed, these fresh readings of texrs showcase the vibrant experimentation and impressive literary scope of the young Dostoevsky and Tolstoy on their own terms. This early period of each writer’s oeuvre is often critically neglected, and Before They Were Titans comes as a welcome entry in both Dostoevsky and Tolstoy scholarship.
— Katherine Bowers, University of British Columbia, Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)
Review: Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts

Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts edited and introduced by Sibelan E.S. Forrester & Martha M.F. Kelly has been reviewed in Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)

Martha Kelly and Sibelan Forrester, have created a weighty anthology that surpasses any other collection of Silver Age poetry in English translation ... Symbolists, Futurists, Acmeists, and non-affiliated poets are all generously represented ... With its impressive breadth of coverage and stellar presentation, Russian Silver Age Poetry deserves to become a standard textbook for Russian poetry courses ... with its lively introduction, accessible selection of poems, and unfussy, clear translations.
— Connor Doak, University of Bristol, Slavic and East European Journal vol 60.2 (Summer 2016)
Academic Studies Press at ASEES 2016
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Academic Studies Press at ASEEES 2016

Academic Studies Press is proud to announce that we will be in attendance this week at the 48th Annual Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Convention in Washington DC.

Please visit us at booth #103 for access to exclusive conference discounts, to learn how to submit a manuscript for proposal, and to meet ASP staff. Exhibit hall hours are:

Thursday, November 17th: 4:00PM-8:00PM
Friday, November 18th: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday, November 19th: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Sunday, November 20th: 9:00AM-1:00PM


Please join us also for the announcement of the winner of the fifth annual Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History and our roundtable discussion:

Russian Intellectual History in the Context of Contemporary Scholarship: Five years of Historia Nova Book Prize
Friday, November 18, 2016; 10:00AM to 11:45AM
Wardman DC Marriott, Mezzanine, Coolidge


For questions about ASP at ASEEES, please visit or contact:

Igor Nemirovsky, PhD
Director & Publisher
igor.nemirovsky@academicstudiespress.com

Faith Wilson Stein, PhD
Acquisitions Editor, Slavic Studiesfwstein@academicstudiespress.com

Matthew Charlton
Sales & Marketing Manager
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"Historia Nova" Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History Announces Short List for 2016

Historia Nova Prize 2016 Shortlist

David-Fox, Michael. Crossing Borders: Modernity, Ideology, and Culture in Russia and the Soviet Union. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.  

David-Fox, Michael. Crossing Borders: Modernity, Ideology, and Culture in Russia and the Soviet Union. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.
 

Gerovich, Slava. Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. 

Gerovich, Slava. Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. 

Vinitsky, Ilya. Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia. Northwestern University Press, 2015.

Vinitsky, Ilya. Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia. Northwestern University Press, 2015.


The Historia Nova Prize, established in 2012 by the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation and Academic Studies Press, is designed to stimulate scholarship in the fields of Russian Intellectual and Cultural History and support the professional status of Russian Studies. For more information on Historia Nova and this year's prize, visit the Historia Nova Website.

New Open Access Book: "Exemplary Bodies: Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture, 1880s to 2008"

Now Available on ASP Open

Exemplary Bodies
Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture, 1880s to 2008

HENRIETTA MONDRY

Exemplary Bodies: Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture, 1880s to 2008 explores the construction of the Jew’s physical and ontological body in Russian culture as represented in literature, film, and non-literary texts from the 1880s to the present. With the rise of the dominance of biological and racialist discourse in the 1880s, the depiction of Jewish characters in Russian literary and cultural productions underwent a significant change, as these cultural practices recast the Jew not only as an archetypal “exotic” and religious or class Other (as in Romanticism and realist writing), but as a biological Other whose acts, deeds, and thoughts were determined by racial differences. This Jew allegedly had physical and psychological characteristics that were genetically determined and that could not be changed by education, acculturation, conversion to Christianity, or change of social status. This stereotype has become a stable archetype that continues to operate in contemporary Russian society and culture.

Review: A Coat of Many Colors: Dress Culture in the Young State of Israel

A Coat of Many Colors: Dress Culture in the Young State of Israel by Anat Helman was reviewed in Studies in Contemporary Jewry, vol. 29, A Club of Their Own: Jewish Humorists and the Contemporary World, ed. Eli Lederhendler and Gabriel Finder (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

...fascinating developments loom large in Anat Helman’s deeply researched and thoughtful account, which draws on a wealth of sources, from popular periodicals such as Haishah and Lagever to the minutes of kibbutz meetings and the anguished letters sent to the Ministry of Rationing and Supply ... Supported by this lively material, Helman’s work highlights one of the most important, yet barely studied, ways in which clothing ... furnished the new state with a bonanza of sartorial possibilities.
— Jenna Weissman Joselit (George Washington University)
Review: Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917

Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917 by Victoria Khiterer was reviewed in CHOICE (January 2017 Vol. 54 No. 5).

In this model of professional and careful research and analysis, Khiterer weaves the threads of a fascinating historical tapestry of one of czarist Russia’s largest communities in the traditional seat of Russian Orthodox Christianity.
— R. M. Shapiro (Brooklyn College)
Review: Shadows of Survival: A Child's Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto

Shadows of Survival: A Child's Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto by Kristine Keese was reviewed in The Camden Review. Read the full review here.

Thousands of miles – and gallons of water – separate a mansion in a little town on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, and a house in Hampstead. Yet they were amazingly linked last week with the publication of a slim paperback called Shadows of Survival ... [Keese] decided that she needed to write her story for the sake of her children’s inheritance, for future generations so they would honour the endurance of others.
— Gerald Isamann, The Camden Review October 2016