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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: Answering a Question with a Question (Vol II)

Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought (Vol. II) A Tradition of Inquiry edited by Lewis Aron & Libby Henik was reviewed in AJL Reviews, Volume VI. No. 1 (February/March 2016). Reviewer Daniel D. Stuhlman writes:

Answering a Question with a Question is for those who want to understand the covered topics from a psychoanalytic perspective. It is recommended for academic collections and other collections with readers interested in the confluence of Jewish sources and psychology.”

Review: Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap edited by Deborah Martinsen, Cathy Popkin & Irina Reyfman was reviewed by Elizabeth Blake (Saint Louis University) in the Slavic and East European Journal, 59.3 (Fall 2015). Blake writes:

“This impressive volume on nineteenth-century literature with its twenty-two essays (on such classical Russian writers as Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Lev Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov) authored by experienced scholars who regularly teach the great books attests to the notable influence of the late Robert L. Belknap (Columbia University) on the field of Russian Studies in the United States.”

Review: Mysticism in Twentieth Century Hebrew Literature

Mysticism in Twentieth-Century Hebrew Literature by Hamutal Bar-Yosef was reviewed by Galili Shahar (Tel Aviv University) in Studies in Contemporary Jewry, vol. 29. Shahar writes:

“Grounded in excellent scholarship, Mysticism in Twentieth Century Hebrew Literature is a wide-ranging and comprehensive work. Bar-Yosef is very familiar with the Hebrew literary field and draws rich portraits of 20th-century poetic circles. . . . [T]his work is a gift to the field of Jewish and Hebrew literary studies, offering as well a fruitful perspective for the study of Israeli culture through and beyond secularism.”

Review: The Russian Cinema Reader, Volumes I & II

The Russian Cinema Reader, Volumes I & II edited by Rimgaila Salys were reviewed in the Slavonic and East European Review, 93, 4, October 2015. Reviewer Rachel Morley (UCL SSEES) writes:

“[U]ndergraduate students of Russian cinema will no doubt find the Readers useful, and the books also have much to offer the general reader, not least the fact that they situate the films they discuss firmly within the specific socio-ideological and cultural contexts from which they emerged.”

Review: Belomor

Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag by Julie Draskoczy (Myths and Taboos in Russian Culture) was reviewed in Modern Language Review, Volume 110, Part 4, October 2015. Reviewer Andrea Gullotta (University of Glasgow) writes:

“The most outstanding feature of this book is probably the unpublished material it includes and its analysis as presented by the author. This, together with the wide range of cultural objects analysed (art, theatre, poetry, autobiographies, songs, chastushki, tattoos, etc.), testifies to the extremely precious work done by the author, who managed to recover from Russian state archives and from secondary sources a very interesting set of material for her work. . . . [T]here is no doubt about the quality of this research, which the author has carried out with devotion, enthusiasm, and—interestingly enough—creativity. . . . Draskoczy’s book is one of the few monographs devoted to the analysis of creativity within the camp. It shows how insightful, inspirational, surprising, and productive research on the Gulag from within, using the documents written or created by prisoners during the time they spent there, can be.”

Review: Soviet Jews in World War II

Soviet Jews in World War II: Fighting, Witnessing, Remembering edited by Harriet Murav and Gennady Estraikh was reviewed in the Slavic Review, vol. 74, no. 3 (Fall 2015). Reviewer Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto) writes:

 “One of this volume’s most significant achievements is that it contains material that will help educators teach about the Soviet Jewish experience as part of undergraduate courses on the Holocaust. Beautiful translations of Erenburg letters, Selvinskii’s and Slutskii’s poems, and Mikhail Romm’s accounts . . . are among the most valuable key texts, which will change the way the Holocaust is taught in North America. The combination of thorough analysis of new sources with the publication of primary materials make this volume a must-have for anyone interested in Soviet Jewish history and the Holocaust.”


Review: Shapes of Apocalypse

Shapes of Apocalypse: Arts and Philosophy in Slavic Thought edited by Andrea Oppo was reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal, 59.1 (Spring 2015). Reviewer Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal (Fordham University) writes:

“This collection enhances our knowledge and understanding of the apocalyptic vision in Russia and Eastern Europe. It introduces experts on Russia to important figures in Bohemia, Croatia, and Poland, and it offers fresh interpretations of well-known Russian authors.”