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9/29/2014 6:59:01 PM
Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts edited by Jon A Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick received a positive review in Teaching Theology & Religion. (more)

8/26/2014 10:09:44 PM
Shulamit Valler’s Sorrow and Distress in the Talmud was reviewed in Revue des etudes juives. (more)

8/26/2014 8:59:00 PM
I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah by Maxim D. Shrayer was reviewed in the latest Slavic Review. (more)

8/20/2014 11:26:02 PM
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past and Present edited by Eunice G. Pollack was reviewed on (more)

8/11/2014 10:52:19 PM
Yoel Finkelman’s Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy received an excellent review Israeli Sociology. (more)

8/8/2014 8:31:54 PM
An excellent review of Moshe Sokol's Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics was featured in H-Judaic! (more)

8/5/2014 7:15:35 PM
A glowing review of Chapaev and his Comrades: War and the Russian Literary Hero Across the Twentieth Century by Angela Brintlinger appeared in the latest Slavic and East European Journal! (more)

8/4/2014 7:23:00 PM
Another excellent review of ‘I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary’: The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms edited and translated by Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto has appeared in the International Journal of Russian Studies! (more)

7/24/2014 12:12:21 AM
An excellent review of ‘I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary’: The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms edited and translated by Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto has appeared in The Slavonic and East European Review! (more)

7/23/2014 11:04:21 PM
Daughters Of Israel, Daughters Of The South: Southern Jewish Women And Identity in the Antebellum and Civil War South by Jennifer A. Stollman was reviewed in the latest issue of American Studies. (more)

7/21/2014 7:25:04 PM
The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth by Steven Usitalo received an excellent review in the Canadian Slavonic Papers! (more)

7/15/2014 12:56:23 AM
Shirli Brautbar’s From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World War II Era was reviewed in Western States Jewish History. (more)

7/1/2014 1:07:55 AM
Two ASP titles were reviewed in The Russian Review, July 2014 (Vol. 73, No. 3)! (more)

6/30/2014 9:22:06 PM
At the Intersection of Education, Marketing, and Transformation by Dr. Sabra Brock was reviewed at (more)

6/17/2014 11:22:38 PM
The Russian Cinema Reader (Vols. I & II) edited by Rimgaila Salys was recommended in CHOICE – Current Reviews for Academic Libraries! (more)

6/17/2014 11:17:39 PM
Crafting the 613 Commandments: Maimonides on the Enumeration, Classification, and Formulation of the Scriptural Commandments by Albert D. Friedberg was just reviewed in The Midwest Book Review (June 2014). (more)

6/4/2014 8:07:12 PM
Katka Reszke's Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland received a positive review in the Slavic Review! (more)

5/12/2014 7:33:15 PM
Three Academic Studies Press titles reviewed in the Slavonic & East European Review! (more)

5/3/2014 12:51:33 AM
From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World War II Era was reviewed in The American Jewish Archives Journal. (more)

4/22/2014 8:40:37 PM
Academic Studies Press is proud to announce its newest series: Lithuanian Studies. (more)

4/22/2014 8:18:18 PM
The series "Antisemitism in America" was mentioned in The Jewish Voice. (more)

4/21/2014 7:25:33 PM
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present received an excellent review in Forward! (more)

4/18/2014 9:29:19 PM
I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah received a fantastic review in The Times Literary Supplement! (more)

3/20/2014 6:17:55 PM
Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics has just been featured in "The Kosher Bookworm" section of The Jewish Star! (more)

3/6/2014 11:35:26 PM
Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto discussed "I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms on the most recent Lapham's Quarterly podcast. (more)

2/14/2014 11:15:06 PM
Jewish Customs of Kabbalistic Origin: Their Origin and Practice received a glowing review in Wisconsin Bookwatch (The Midwest Book Review)! (more)

1/16/2014 11:21:36 PM
Prosaics and Other Provocations mentioned in "Favorite Books of 2013" in The New Yorker! (more)

12/3/2013 7:52:54 PM
Another Way, Another Time by Meir Persoff reviewed in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, November 2013. (more)

11/21/2013 12:53:20 AM
Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation featured in the "Community" section of Jewish News of Phoenix, AZ! (more)

11/11/2013 9:52:03 PM
A favorable review of Marat Grinberg's "I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left": The Poetics of Boris Slutsky appears in the most recent Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (more)

11/4/2013 11:45:29 PM
Three Academic Studies Press titles reviewed in CHOICE this month! (more)

10/29/2013 10:18:53 PM
Steven Usitalo  was interviewed about his new book, The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov, by Filipp Velgach of New Books in History. (more)

10/24/2013 7:15:17 PM
Author Event at the Library of Congress: Dr. Sara Reguer will be discussing her new book, The Most Tenacious of Minorities: The Jews of Italy on October 28th, from noon to 1:00 PM, in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. (more)

10/24/2013 12:00:37 AM
A new review of Chapaev and His Comrades in The Russian Review!         (more)

10/23/2013 12:19:27 AM
A glowing review of My Four Years in Soviet Russia by Yitzhak Erlichson just published in the October online book review magazine "MBR Bookwatch" (part of the Midwest Book Review). (more)

10/17/2013 8:27:23 PM
"If you want to understand contemporary Jewish life in Poland, this is the book to read."--From the great review of Katka Reszke's Return of the Jew by Connie Webber in this month's Jewish Renaissance (more)

9/16/2013 8:35:26 PM
Meir Persoff's Hats in the Ring featured in a full-page review in The Jerusalem Post Magazine on September 12! (more)

9/3/2013 6:06:25 PM
Meir Persoff shared his thoughts on Jonathan Sacks's tenure as Chief Rabbi--and the prospects for new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis--in The Guardian on Saturday. (more)

8/28/2013 12:34:42 AM
Reviews of two ASP books published in the fall issue of Slavic Review! (more)

8/13/2013 9:15:32 PM
Interview with Katka Reszke about her book, Return of the Jew, on the YIVO institute blog. (more)

8/5/2013 10:06:31 PM
"I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms reviewed on BOMBlog!         (more)

8/1/2013 10:51:21 PM
A new review of Reyfman`s Rank and Style in SEER! (more)

7/26/2013 7:38:12 PM
My Four Years in Soviet Russia featured on the YIVO Institute blog! (more)

7/25/2013 6:17:27 PM
A new review of "Tsar and God" and Other Essays in Russian Cultural Semiotics! (more)

7/24/2013 9:19:37 PM
Another positive review for Yuri Leving`s Keys to The Gift, published in SEER, April 2013! (more)

7/22/2013 11:10:59 PM
More positive feedback for Gone to Pitchipoi--a very favorable review written by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins for JewishMediaReview. (more)

7/8/2013 6:21:56 PM
Another very favorable review! God`s Kindness Has Overwhelmed Us reviewed by Berel Dov Lerner in the July issue of Reviews in Religion & Theology! (more)

7/5/2013 11:31:28 PM
A highly favorable review of Yuri Leving`s Keys to The Gift in the Spring 2013 issue of SEEJ! (more)

7/2/2013 7:35:52 PM
A new, favorable review of Gone to Pitchipoi by Rubin Katz in the most recent newsletter of The Hidden Child Foundation! (more)

6/25/2013 6:02:18 PM
Watch the video trailer for I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah by Maxim D. Shrayer! (more)

6/24/2013 6:22:18 PM
A new review of Strictly Kosher Reading by Yoel Finkelman! (more)

6/20/2013 5:48:53 PM
Maxim Shrayer mentioned in the Boston Globe!  (more)

6/15/2013 12:25:52 AM
A review of Alternative and Biomedicine in Israel just published in the latest issue of Symbolic Interaction! (more)

6/3/2013 7:26:51 PM
Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College) is the new editor of our series "Borderlines: Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe and Their Legacy." (more)

5/16/2013 8:01:07 PM
A new, favorable review of Three Jewish Journeys Through an Anthropologist`s Lens published in the current issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies! (more)

5/7/2013 10:20:07 PM
Three of our titles are in this month`s Slavic and East European Review! (more)

5/2/2013 10:04:59 PM
Hats in the Ring is the Jewish Chronicle's book of the week! Read the review at (more)

4/26/2013 1:37:20 AM
Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto's translations of Daniil Kharms featured on the Paris Review's blog! (more)

4/24/2013 5:39:41 PM
Katka Reszke quoted in The Guardian's article on the resurgence of Jewish culture in Poland (more)

1/29/2013 8:58:26 PM
Interview with Katka Reszke featured in Inside Full of Color for her forthcoming title Return of the Jew (more)

1/21/2013 6:31:02 PM
New Review of The Pillar of Volozhin by Gil S. Perl, featured in Jewish Ideas Daily (more)

1/17/2013 5:53:07 PM
Congratulations to Jeffrey S. Kress for winning the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Education! (more)

1/7/2013 8:08:13 PM
New Review of “I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left" by Marat Grinberg, featured in H-Judaic (more)

1/7/2013 7:46:55 PM
New Review of Stefanie Pervos Bregman's Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation, featured in The Reporter Group (more)

5/10/2012 12:54:28 AM
The Muselmann at the Water Cooler is the 2012 winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Canadian Book Award in the field of Holocaust Studies! (more)

2/3/2012 6:41:35 PM
New Review for The Pale God published in Jewish Ideas Daily. (more)

2/1/2012 11:18:17 PM
New review in SEER for Yuri Leving's The Goalkeeper. (more)

2/1/2012 8:06:37 PM
New Review for Jewish Thought in Dialogue by David Shatz in The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (more)

1/12/2012 6:12:46 PM
New Review for “I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left”: The Poetics of Boris Slutsky by Marat Grinberg (more)

12/16/2011 6:29:20 PM
"I am to be read not from left to right but in Jewish: from right to left": The Poetics of Boris Slutsky reviewed in the Slavic Review (more)

11/16/2011 11:21:52 PM
Academic Studies Press titles now available electronically! (more)

11/7/2011 6:30:57 PM
Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce a new series: Classics in Judaica (more)

10/27/2011 11:38:05 PM
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The following titles are new from Academic Studies Press: Jewish Studies and Slavic Studies

Jewish Studies

The Codification of Jewish Law and an Introduction to the Jurisprudence of the Mishna Berura.
by Ira Bedzow, Michael Broyde
350 pp. cloth

Publication Date: November, 2014

The Codification of Jewish Law and an Introduction to the Jurisprudence of the Mishna Berura analyzes the jurisprudential methodology of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan of Radin, the author of the Mishna Berura. It also provides an introduction to the codification of Jewish law and the methodology of codification more generally. The authors demonstrate that Rabbi Kagan had a unique approach in that he tried to balance opposing forces of tradition and modernity. He also attempted to provide definitive halakhic guidance to every question of Jewish law, based on four central questions and ten halakhic principles. After a comprehensive introduction, the authors provide 250 examples from the Mishna Berura to demonstrate their findings and to clarify their thesis in practical and clear terms.

Series: No Series

Stepmother Russia, Foster Mother America: Identity Transitions in the New Odessa Jewish Commune, 1881-1891 & Recollections of a Communist.
by Theodore H. Friedgut, Israel Mandelkern
215 pp. cloth

Publication Date: September, 2014

In the late nineteenth century, a group of radical Jewish youths from Odessa attempted to create an agricultural commune on the Oregon frontier, and in so doing developed from assimilated revolutionaries to American Jews. Theodore Friedgut relates the story of these youths and their creation, with special notice paid to the human encounters within the commune, the members’ encounters with America in acquiring land and equipment—and, importantly, their encounters with their neighbors, themselves immigrant farmers on the American frontier. Among the volume’s central sources is the memoir of Israel Mandelkern, which is here published for the first time. This study addresses hitherto neglected aspects of Jewish life in Russia and of the life of one of the more than a hundred Jewish agricultural colonies, and helps us understand the factors that influenced the young colony members in their transition toward becoming Americans. This is a microcosm of the experience of multitudes of immigrants.

“A colorful portrait of the ups and downs of a small community of young Russian Jewish immigrants who set off in the 1880s from Odessa for what would become New Odessa (in Oregon) in pursuit of a secular, collective existence on the land. The book is enhanced by the inclusion of a previously unpublished vivid memoir by a member of the community decades after the New Odessa experiment had run its course.”

— Susan Gross Solomon, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

“Friedgut has given us a quite interesting historical account of how some Russian-Jewish youth, inspired by the Enlightenment, by Tolstoy and by early socialists like Fourier, Owen and others, responded to the pogroms of 1881-82, by pioneering a distinctive path to utopia: the formation of a Jewish agricultural commune in America a whole generation earlier than East-European Jewish youth who were engaged in similar projects in Palestine.”

— Irving Zeitlin, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

“The Jewish farming communes in Louisiana, Oregon, and New Jersey are a testament to unique idealism; men and women in rugged jeans caked in dirt, exhausted after a day of labor under the sun, expressed their credo: rejection of private property, the embracing of vegetarianism, and debating sexual abstinence as against free love, though they adopted neither of these extremes. The iconic picture of Jews with plows is the kibbutz in Israel; but Jews also toiled in the fields of Southern Russia and then in America. Farming was supposed to reform the Jew, make him and her a ‘Mensch’—a healthy, strong, and moral spirit. For many Jewish intellectuals at the end of the nineteenth century the farming idea went with Socialism and the creation of a new society based on equality, justice, and brotherhood. Professor Friedgut of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem tells us about the Jewish immigrants on US soil a century ago, but the echo rings to today. If one listens, one can feel the idealism and self-sacrifice of American Jews in inner city schools, rural towns, and in a passion for justice in Israel and worldwide.”

— Brian Horowitz, Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies, Tulane University

“As a native-born American who has been living many years on a kibbutz, I found the story of the New Odessa Commune captivating. There is so much in common between the idealistic young people who attempted to set up a commune in Oregon (as far off the beaten path as was my kibbutz when I first arrived) and those early pioneers in the Land of Israel who established the first kibbutz, Degania, more than 25 years later. The story makes fascinating reading. So too, the memoirs of Israel Mandelkern, one of the members of the commune, who draws a well-written portrait of life of young Jewish intellectuals in late-nineteenth century Russia, and of the atmosphere of the society of the commune.”

— Ariel Hurwitz, Open University, Israel

Series: Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe and Their Legacy

The Religious Genius in Rabbi Kook's Thought: National "Saint"?.
by Dov Schwartz, translated by Edward Levin
228 pp. cloth

Publication Date: September, 2014

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The postmodernist experience is associated with a strong interest in the concepts of saints and religious genius. In this volume, Dov Schwartz considers the questions related to these ideas through his close analysis of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook. This figure is revered by Zionists as a founding father of the Zionist movement. Religious Zionists see him, additionally, as an unquestioned spiritual and altruistic authority with extraordinary halakhic, philosophical, and Kabbalistic intuitions. While Rabbi Kook has often been studied through historical and philosophical disciplines, this book addresses the degree to which his writings can prove to be beneficial to the postmodern discourse. It examines Rabbi Kook’s ideas in the religious Zionist context, analyzing the concept of the perfect man in Rabbi Kook's philosophy in light of the postmodern discourse on saints.

Series: Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History

The Struggle for Jerusalem and the Holy Land: A New Inquiry into the Qur’an and Classic Islamic Sources on the People of Israel, their Torah, and their links to the Holy Land.
by Nissim Dana
262 pp. cloth

Publication Date: June, 2014

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In recent generations, the Muslim and Arab world has been suffused with publications on the subject of the People of Israel, its Torah, and this people’s affinity to the Land of Israel. Most of these publications are tendentious, written with a hostile attitude toward Jews and Judaism; indeed, some of them are tainted with antisemitism.

The Qur’an, the Holy Scripture of the Muslims, also deals with the question of the status of Eretz Israel, the Land of Israel. Many of its exegetes, following in the tracks of Islam’s holy book, have done so as well. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, these Islamic sources express an approach asserting that this land is promised exclusively to the People of Israel. This book explores these sources and discusses them in light of the recent developments.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book.... It is a Copernican study: pioneering, fascinating, and carefully reasoned.” —Zeev Maghen, Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Bar-Ilan University

“In an era in which “hearts and minds” are turned through disinformation and propaganda, through the use of shallow, unreliable channels of communication, great importance attaches to this deep, profound book”. —Moshe (Bogi) Yaalon, Minister of Defense, Israel

Series: No Series

The Israeli Nation-State: Political, Constitutional, and Cultural Challenges.
edited by Fania Oz-Salzberger, Yedidia Z. Stern
374 pp. cloth

Publication Date: June, 2014

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This volume of original essays, by some of Israel’s most remarkable public and academic voices, offers a series of state-of-the art, accessible analyses of Israel’s ever-evolving theater of statecraft, public debates, and legal and cultural dramas, its deep divisions and—more surprisingly, perhaps—its internal affinities and common denominators.

Contributors: Fania Oz-Salzberger, Yedidia Z. Stern, Ayman K. Agbaria, Aviad Bakshi, Ariel L. Bendor, Ruth Gavison, Michael M. Karayanni, David Passig, Avi Sagi, Gideon Sapir, Anita Shapira, Daniel Statman, Gadi Taub, Shira Wolosky, Alexander Yakobson, Yaffa Zilbershats.

“There can be no more urgent issues facing the contemporary State of Israel than the relationship between democracy and its Jewish identity. In these trenchant and timely essays, the authors—all of them distinguished Israeli scholars—approach the question with tools of political theory, history, law and the philosophy of religion.” —David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis

“An outstanding collection of essays by the leading scholars writing on modern Israel. Anyone who wants to think deeper about the Jewish and democratic character of Israel and the complicated relationship between state and religion should read this book.” —Michael Brenner, Distinguished Historian in Residence and Director of the Center for Israel Studies, American University

“The essays in this volume are always illuminating, often passionate, and at times provocative. They enrich our understanding of Israel’s political and legal system, and they are particularly useful for providing differing perspectives on the ongoing debate over whether Israel can be both a Jewish and democratic state. Clearly and accessibly written, this volume will be a valuable resource for undergraduates and general readers as well as specialists.” —Derek Penslar, Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, University of Oxford

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History

Authority and Participation in a New Democracy: Political Struggles in Mapai, Israel's Ruling Party, 1948-1953.
by Avi Bareli
324 pp. cloth

Publication Date: June, 2014

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Authority and Participation in a New Democracy focuses on the changes undergone by Mapai, Israel’s first ruling party, during Israel’s first years of independence, then analyzes the effects of these changes in relation to Israeli political culture. Bareli’s main claim is that it was only during this period that a hierarchically-organized group of leaders succeeded in imposing its dominance, fostering obedience within the party and creating oligarchic characteristics in Israel’s democracy. The influence of the kibbutz movement, the moshavim movement and of urban intelligentsia— who represented the opposite political view of participatory democracy—was reduced to a minimum. This process would have a profound impact on issues of equality, on the relations between veteran Israelis and immigrants from both European and Islamic countries, and on social and civic norms.

“A seminal study for the understanding of Israel’s formative years. Combining empathy with a sober critical approach, Bareli weaves together historical narrative and social analysis in presenting how the hegemonic Labor Party under David Ben-Gurion laid the foundations for Israel’s democratic system under conditions of war, siege, and mass immigration. Both the achievements and the challenges facing Israel today can be understood only in the context of what was achieved and what was neglected in the early years of the Jewish state.” —Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Based on thorough and original research, this book illuminates the process by which Zionist Labour undertook nation- and state -building in the young Israel in of the 1950s. Bareli unfolds a drama of political and ideological struggles that were immanent to such a situation but which inevitably lead to Labour’s eclipse. This is an essential contribution to understanding Israeli current politics.” —Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University

“The Israeli Labour Party is generally thought to have already been over-centralized and hegemonic in the years preceding the Independence. Avi Bareli offers quite a different picture. In the midst of war, massive immigration, economic hurdles, and acute privations, Mapai adapted and evolved into a modern political ruling party. Its course toward centralization was not due to departure from democratic principles but to the need of meeting the tremendous challenges facing a newly born pluralistic democracy. This thoughtful, meticulous, and illuminating book is one among the best political studies on the Founding era and on the workings of Israeli democracy in the transitional years to full statehood.” —Ran Halevi, Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron (Paris)

“The Hebrew version of Bareli’s authoritative study has long been required reading on Israeli political history. Bareli convincingly challenges the conventional images, disseminated by supporters and rivals alike, of an all-powerful Ben-Gurion in the 1950s. Bareli also offers a thorough revision of the historiography of the Israeli labor movement. He questions the ‘Whiggish interpretation’ of the struggle between socialism and etatism that has allegedly shaped its history, and demonstrates that both were essential elements in building the Israeli welfare state. Penetrating the ideological rhetoric, Bareli points to the tension between authority and participation as the major force that has shaped the history of Mapai in the first two decades of statehood: participation was the source of its strength, and authority the cause of its demise.” —Danny Gutwein, University of Haifa

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History

Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Intellectual History.
by Alessandro Guetta
300 pp. cloth

Publication Date: April, 2014

Between the years 1550 and 1650, Italy's Jewish intellectuals created a unique and enduring synthesis of the great literary and philosophical heritage of the Andalusian Jews and the Renaissance`s renewal of perspective. While remaining faithful to the beliefs, behaviors, and language of their tradition, Italian Jews proved themselves open to a rapidly evolving world of great richness. The crisis of Aristotelianism (which progressively touched upon all fields of knowledge), religious fractures and unrest, the scientific revolution, and the new perception of reality expressed through a transformation of the visual arts: these are some of the changes experienced by Italian Jews which they were affected by in their own particular way. This book explores the complex relations between Jews and the world that surrounded them during a critical period of European civilization. The relations were rich, problematic, and in some cases strained, alternating between opposition and dialogue, osmosis and distinction.

“Nine momentous essays in intellectual history of Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Period, by one of the most skilled specialists of the field. Topics deal with a wide range of issues, such as philosophy, Kabbalah, humanism, politics, allegorical representations of space, and others. Although deeply scholarly, the well-designed approach of the author will undoubtedly fascinate many broadminded ordinary readers.” — Robert Bonfil, Emeritus Professor of Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Alessandro Guetta is one of the leading scholars of the cultural history of Italian Jewry in early modern times today. Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era brings together a fine collection of papers published over the last ten years, some of which were originally published in Italian and French, and now reproduced in an English translation. These nine studies, covering the period from the late fifteenth century to the early nineteenth century, focus on the diverse aspects of the process of modernization of Italian Jewish culture from the Renaissance until the Jewish Enlightenment.” — Abraham Melamed, Professor of Jewish History and Thought, University of Haifa

Series: Perspectives in Jewish Intellectual Life

Soviet Jews in World War II: Fighting, Witnessing, Remembering.
by Gennady Estraikh, Harriet Murav
270 pp. cloth

Publication Date: April, 2014

This volume discusses the participation of Jews as soldiers, journalists, and propagandists in combating the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, as the period between June 22, 1941, and May 9, 1945 was known in the Soviet Union. The essays included here examine both newly-discovered and previously-neglected oral testimony, poetry, cinema, diaries, memoirs, newspapers, and archives. This is one of the first books to combine the study of Russian and Yiddish materials, reflecting the nature of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, which, for the first time during the Soviet period, included both Yiddish-language and Russian-language writers. This volume will be of use to scholars, teachers, students, and researchers working in Russian and Jewish history.

“This collection tells stories of Jews in World War II which are practically unknown in the West. These stories are not about the Warsaw Ghetto or Auschwitz, but about Soviet Jewish soldiers, partisans, intellectuals and artists, men and women who fought in the bloodiest battles that the world has known. Drawing on a wide variety of little-known sources, such as private letters, archival documents, memoirs, newspaper reports, novels, poems, photographs and film, this book paints a vivid and dramatic picture of human suffering and heroism." –Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan

“An impressive introduction to new sources and groundbreaking methods in the study of Soviet-Jewish experience during the Second World War. The studies combine an impressive range of critical and historical approaches with solid learning.” –Olga Litvak, Clark University

Series: Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe and Their Legacy

Slavic Studies

Literature, Exile, Alterity: The New York Group of Ukrainian Poets.
by Maria G. Rewakowicz
250 pp. cloth

Publication Date: August, 2014

This pioneering book is the first to present the postwar phenomenon of the New York Group of Ukrainian emigre poets as a case study for exploring cultural and aesthetic ramifications of exile. It focuses on the poets’ diasporic and transnational connections both with their country of origin and their adopted homelands, underscoring the group’s role in the shaping of the cultural and literary image of Ukraine abroad. Displacements, forced or voluntary, engender states of alterity, states of living in-between, living in the interstices of different cultures and different linguistic realities. The poetry of the founding members of the New York Group reflects these states admirably. The poets accepted their exilic condition with no grudges and nurtured the link with their homeland via texts written in the mother tongue. This account of the group’s output and legacy will appeal to all those eager to explore the poetry of East European nations and to those interested in larger cultural contexts for the development of European modernisms.

“Long overdue, this book-length study of the New York Group, whose poetry appeared at an important juncture in Ukrainian diasporic literature, benefits from careful archival research as well as from the author’s personal knowledge of many of the poets. Encompassing aspects of literary politics, social history, and textual analysis, the book offers sensitive, sensible, and accessible readings of major themes and concerns in their oeuvre.”

— Irene R. Makaryk, Professor, Department of English, University of Ottawa

"Maria Rewakowicz’s collected essays—and de-facto a monograph—are a highly significant contribution to the contemporary understanding of this literary phenomenon and of the place of Ukrainian literary discourse within the world. This is the first monograph to thoroughly analyze the New York Group of writers from the perspective of such theoretical concepts such as the exile, alterity, and alienation at the interface of different aesthetic and cultural planes, be they geographical, generational, or otherwise. Given the very preliminary stage the English-speaking world’s familiarity with Ukrainian topics, this work is very timely.
        "The conceptual framework, the selection of topics and materials, and especially the strength of research methodology places Rewakowicz’s book in dialogue with the most recent discussions in the field. In examining the works of the New York Group authors (Bohdan Boychuk, Bohdan Rubchak, Yuri Tarnawsky, Patricia Kylyna, Emma Andiievska, Zhenia Vasylkivska, Vira Vovk, and others), as well as the work of their predecessors (Vadym Lesych, Yuriy Kosach) and successors (Vasyl Makhno), Rewakowicz pays particular attention to stylistic and thematic aspects—their acceptance of the literary devices and philosophy of modernism and postmodernism, avant-garde, surrealism, and existentialism; motifs of eroticism and sexual orientation, gravitation to geographical nexuses as Spain, Latin America, and New York.
        "The entire creative output of the group, from the time of its founding in 1958 to the present, has been engaged with the relationship of emigre literature to that of the homeland, since the language of the works was Ukrainian. The group members made a large contribution to the body of fundamental modernist text translated into Ukrainian. Through their literature they fundamentally modernized postwar Ukrainian literature and thus not only played an important role in its preservation, but also influenced its further development after Ukrainian state independence was achieved in 1991. Rewakowicz’s book provides us with the first exhaustive picture of this process. This study promises to become an important event in Ukrainian scholarly and intellectual life. It is augmented by detailed work with the New York Group’s archives, which in and of itself broadens the horizons of our literary scholarship. It deserves our attention."

— Halyna Hryn, Editor, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures and History

The Witching Hour and Other Plays by Nina Sadur.
edited by Nadya L. Peterson
204 pp. cloth

Publication Date: August, 2014

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Publication Date: August, 2014

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Nina Sadur, the playwright, occupies a prominent place in the Soviet/Russian drama pantheon of the 1980s and 1990s, a group that has with few exceptions been generally ignored by the Western literary establishment. The plays included in this volume offer some of Sadur’s most influential works for the theater to the English-speaking audience for the first time. The collection will appeal to readers interested in Russian literature and culture, Russian theater, as well as women’s literature. Sadur’s plays are inspired by symbolist drama, the theater of the absurd and Russian folklore, yet are also infused with contemporary reality and populated by contemporary characters. Her work is overtly gynocentric: the fictional world construes women’s traditionally downplayed concerns as narratively and existentially central and crucial. Sadur’s drama has exerted a tremendous influence on contemporary Russian literature. Working essentially in isolation, Sadur was able to combine the early twentieth century dramatic discourse with that of the late Soviet era. Having built a bridge between the two eras, Sadur prepared the rise of the new Russian drama of the 2000s.

“Peering into the abyss, Nina Sadur leads us into the darkness of the human spirit as the Russian literature of Gogol and Dostoevsky has so often done, connecting with her reader both universally and viscerally. Now for the first time, Nadya L. Peterson provides the English speaking reader and audience access to a series of this remarkable author’s plays.”

Thomas R. Beyer, C.V. Starr Professor of Russian and East European Studies, Middlebury College

“Finally English-language readers can become familiar with the disquieting, mysterious, yet disturbingly physical world of Nina Sadur, surely one of the major Russian writers to have emerged since the 1970's. Her prose works and plays are almost literally ‘spellbinding.’”

Elizabeth K. Beaujour, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Series: No Series

Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader (Vol. I).
by Mark Lipovetsky, Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya
384 pp. cloth

Publication Date: June, 2014

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The first volume of Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader introduces a diverse spectrum of literary works from Perestroika to the present. It includes poetry, prose, drama and scholarly texts, many of which appear in English translation for the first time. The three sections, "Rethinking Identities," "'Little Terror' and Traumatic Writing," and "Writing Politics," address issues of critical relevance to contemporary Russian culture, history and politics. With its selection of texts and introductory essays Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader brings university curricula into the twenty-first century.

“Though its primary purpose, wonderfully fulfilled, is to serve as a core text for those teaching and studying contemporary Russian history, politics, culture, society and of course literature, this volume should be required reading for anyone wishing to understand and experience vicariously the shock-therapy of Russia’s recent identity crises. Primary texts by a number of the best-known and most important contemporary prose writers and poets (Petrushevskaya, Sorokin, Bykov, Rubinshtein, Fanailova and others) are supplemented by critical studies by a number of leading scholars of the latest instantiations of some of Russia’s “accursed questions”. An exhilarating, sometimes exhausting guide to the passionate intensities and terrible beauties of post-Soviet culture.”

—Andrew Reynolds, University of Wisconsin

“This long-needed volume sets out an ambitious goal for itself—“to capture the multiple voices and meanings that have emerged in the last several decades of cultural change in Russia”—and fulfills it in innovative ways. Its combination of primary and secondary sources, its editors’ skilled selection of authors and texts, and its impressive topical and chronological scope should make this reader an indispensable resource for students, teachers, and scholars of contemporary Russian culture.”

—Seth Graham, University College London

Series: Cultural Syllabus

By Fables Alone: Literature and State Ideology in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature.
by Andrei Zorin, translated by Marcus C. Levitt
408 pp. cloth

Publication Date: June, 2014

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Academic Studies Press is proud to present this translation of Professor Andrei Zorin’s seminal Kormya Dvuglavogo Orla. This collection of essays includes several that have never before appeared in English, including “The People’s War: The Time of Troubles in Russian Literature, 1806-1807” and “Holy Alliances: V. A. Zhukovskii’s Epistle ‘To Emperor Alexander’ and Christian Universalism.”

By Fables Alone is a welcome English version of Andrei Zorin’s 2001 groundbreaking volume containing a number of expert and imaginative examinations of ideological models produced during Catherine II’s, Alexander I’s, and Nicholas I’s reigns. Zorin, a leading scholar of Russian literature and culture of the period, begins, in Chapters One to Four, with the incisive discussion of the so-called Greek Project masterminded by Catherine the Great; moves, in Chapters Five to Nine, to the analyses of several politically significant cultural developments in Alexander’s time; and ends, in Chapter Nine, with a brilliant examination of the central ideological formula of Nicholas I’s reign, “Orthodoxy—Autocracy—Nationality,” conceived and articulated by Sergei Uvarov. Equally at home with literature, culture, and politics of the time, Russian as well as Western, Zorin moves effortlessly between these fields to explain the formation of Russian cultural myths, some of which are relevant even today. Expertly translated by Marcus C. Levitt, the book is a fascinating read for any scholar interested in the process of formation of cultural symbols serving ideological purposes.” —Irina Reyfman, Columbia University

“Informed by archival discoveries, by a daunting range of scholarship, and by the author’s mastery of more than one European literary canon, By Fables Alone is a brilliant interdisciplinary study. Focusing on the hidden ideological agenda of Russian foreign policy, Zorin triumphantly demonstrates the importance of literature in Russian political culture, highlighting both the literary foundations of politics and the political subtext of literature.” —Simon Dixon, University College London

Series: Ars Rossica

Visual Texts, Ceremonial Texts, Texts of Exploration: Collected Articles on the Representation of Russian Monarchy.
by Richard Wortman
444 pp. cloth

Publication Date: March, 2014

Visual Texts, Ceremonial Texts, Texts of Exploration continues the work begun in Russian Monarchy: Representation and Rule, which analyzed the interplay between the symbolic representations of Russian monarchs and the legal and institutional instruments of their rule. The articles in this volume examine the texts that, through various media, revealed the myths and scenarios conveying the goals and ideals the monarchy sought to elevate before the elite of the empire and, later, the public at large.

Russian monarchy inhabited a highly visual culture, comprising court ceremonials, parades, public festivities, and celebrations. It mobilized the arts through painting, prints, popular pictures (lubki), and even opera. This book examines that artistic culture, focusing on several aspects. Parts I and II analyze imagery and ceremony and their relation to the verbal texts that ascribed and defined their meanings. Part III details the way texts of exploration inspired the explorers who widened Russia’s engagement with the world. Parts IV and V address key texts of intellectual history and reflect on the scholarly and methodological influences on Wortman’s approach to history.

Series: Imperial Encounters in Russian History

Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap.
edited by Deborah Martinsen, Cathy Popkin, Irina Reyfman
395 pp. cloth

Publication Date: March, 2014

Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap grew out of a conference in honor of Robert Belknap, an outstanding teacher and scholar. The collected essays present concrete strategies for teaching the works of some of Russia’s best-known writers: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. They address the teaching of these iconic works of Russian literature in different contexts and to different audiences, from undergraduate students reading Russian classics in the context of general education courses to graduate students exploring the larger context of Russian print culture. Most of the essays address teaching in English translation, a few in the original, but all offer useful strategies that can be adopted for teaching to any audience.

Contributors include: Robert L. Belknap, Elizabeth Klosty Beaujour, Ksana Blank, Ellen Chances, Nicholas Dames, Andrew R. Durkin, Jefferson J.A. Gatrall, Svetlana Slavskaya Grenier, Robert Louis Jackson, Liza Knapp, Deborah A. Martinsen, Olga Meerson, Maude Meisel, Robin Feuer Miller, Marcia A. Morris, Gary Saul Morson, Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, Cathy Popkin, Irina Reyfman, Rebecca Stanton, William Mills Todd III, and Nancy Workman.

Series: Ars Rossica

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