Myths and Taboos in Russian Culture (Series)

Series Editor: Alyssa Dinega Gillespie (Independent Scholar)

Editorial Board:

  • David Bethea (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Eliot Borenstein (New York University, New York)
  • Julia Bekman Chadaga (Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Nancy Condee (University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg)
  • Caryl Emerson (Princeton University, Princeton)
  • Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal (Fordham University, New York)
  • Marcus Levitt (USC, Los Angeles)
  • Alex Martin (University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana)
  • Irene Masing-Delic (Ohio State University, Columbus)
  • Joe Peschio (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee)
  • Irina Reyfman (Columbia University, New York)
  • Stephanie Sandler (Harvard University, Cambridge)

“Myths and Taboos in Russian Culture” will be concerned with the generative myths that serve as the foundation of Russian cultural identity, and/or with taboos and other restraints on free artistic expression that result from the Russian historical experience of tight ideological control over thought and cultural endeavor. In other words, books in this series will explore, on the one hand, the master cultural narratives that are crafted by artists, writers, and intellectuals—including those that are mandated, whether explicitly or implicitly, by the political elite, and those that are positioned outside or in opposition to circles of power—and, on the other hand, narratives that are forbidden or unthinkable, all in an attempt to probe the fundamental “operating principles” of the Russian cultural heritage. The series is conceived as having a broad scope and may include studies of any historical period and any cultural manifestation.