Word and Image in Russian History: Essays in Honor of Gary Marker

Word and Image in Russian History: Essays in Honor of Gary Marker

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Edited by Maria di Salvo, Daniel H. Kaiser, and Valerie A. Kivelson

ISBN:  9781618114587 (hardback), 9781618118325 (paperback)
Pages: 416 pp.; 33 illus.
Publication Date: July 2015

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Word and Image invokes and honors the scholarly contributions of Gary Marker. Twenty scholars from Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine and the United States examine some of the main themes of Marker’s scholarship on Russia—literacy, education, and printing; gender and politics; the importance of visual sources for historical study; and the intersections of religious and political discourse in Imperial Russia. A biography of Marker, a survey of his scholarship, and a list of his publications complete the volume.

Contributors: Valerie Kivelson, Giovanna Brogi (University of Milan), Christine Ruane (University of Tulsa), Elena Smilianskaia (Moscow), Daniela Steila (University of Turin), Nancy Kollmann (Stanford University), Daniel H. Kaiser (Grinnell College), Maria di Salvo (University of Milan), Cynthia Whittaker (City Univ. of New York), Simon Dixon (University of London), Evgenii Anisimov (St. Petersburg), Alexander Kamenskii (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Janet Hartley (London School of Economics), Olga Kosheleva (Moscow State University), Maksim Yaremenko (Kyiv), Patrick O'Meara (University of Durham), Roger Bartlett (London), Joseph Bradley (University of Tulsa), Robert Weinberg (Swarthmore College)

Maria Di Salvo is Professor of Slavic Philology at Milan State University. She studied Slavic languages at the University of Florence, specializing in Russian and Polish, then at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She published essays and translations of Russian Formalist criticism (Ju. N. Tynjanov, Formalismo e storia letteraria, Torino, Einaudi 1973, B. Tomaševskij, Teoria della letteratura, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1978, P.G.Bogatyrev, Il teatro delle marionette, Brescia, Grafo edizioni, l980)  the history of Russian and Polish linguistics (J. Baudouin de Courtenay, N. Trutskoi), then mainly on the eighteenth century in Russia (parts of Storia della civiltà letteraria russa, ed. by  M. Colucci and R. Picchio, vol. I, Torino, UTET, 1997). She has been professor of  Russian Literature at the universities of Genoa and Pisa, then of Slavic Philology at the universities of Pavia and Milan.

Daniel H. Kaiser is Professor of History Emeritus at Grinnell College.  Kaiser studied Russian history at the University of Chicago, specializing in pre-Petrine Russia, especially its legal and social institutions. He is the author of The Growth of the Law in Medieval Russia (Princeton, 1980), and translator and editor of The Laws of Rus’: Tenth to Fifteenth Centuries; editor of The Workers’ Revolution in Russia, 1917: The View From Below (Cambridge, 1987); and with Gary J. Marker editor of Reinterpreting Russian History 860-1860s (Oxford, 1994). He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Kaiser was a visitor at Darwin College, Cambridge, and has held visiting appointments at UCLA and Nanjing University, China.

Valerie Kivelson is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. in Russian History from Stanford University in 1988. She is the author of Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia (Cornell, 2013), and Cartographies of Tsardom: The Land and Its Meanings in Seventeenth-Century Russia, (Cornell, 2006), and editor of Witchcraft Casebook: Magic in Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, 15th-21st Centuries, Russian History/Histoire russe vol. 40, nos. 3-4 (2013) (guest editor) and Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture, with Joan Neuberger, (Yale, 2008), and with Robert H. Greene, Orthodox Russia: Studies in Belief and Practice (Penn State, 2003).


This rich collection, featuring a distinguished cast of international scholars, celebrates the legacy of Gary Marker, outstanding historian of Russia and Russian culture. It includes twenty-one articles on a broad spectrum of topics inspired by Prof. Marker’s wideranging interests. Word and Image in Russian History illustrates and defines some of the most noteworthy issues occupying contemporary students of Russia. Its varied and engaging studies span the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries and encompass Russian legal and political discourse; the publication of travel and horticultural books; portraiture and art collecting; women in politics and business; literacy and education, religious and secular; conflicts among the Orthodox, Uniates, and Jews; civil society and politics. Nicely illustrated and including essays on Prof. Marker’s professional life and accomplishments, as well as a bibliography of his works, Word and Image reflects both Prof. Marker’s manifold accomplishments and demonstrates their continuing capacity to provoke and inspire.
— Marcus C. Levitt, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California
This invigorating collection is both a tribute to historian Gary Marker and a snapshot of the professional cohort that is his community. Ably and thoughtfully edited, Word and Image in Russian History builds upon acclaimed aspects of Marker’s research: the impact of print culture on society, representations of St. Catherine in relation to female rule, and the role of religion in the development of Petrine political discourse. Penned by an international assembly of scholars, and graced with biographical and historiographical essays devoted to Marker’s life and works, the Festschrift will delight contemporaries and remind later generations of a gifted predecessor.
— Elise Wirtschafter, Professor of Russian History, Cal Poly Pomona