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Katherine Reischl

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Katherine Reischl

Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, AY 21-22

My research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Russian literature, art, and culture, with particular attention paid to the relationship between text and image. My first book, Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors (Cornell UP, 2019), explores the intersection of photography and writing in the texts of author-photographers including Lev Tolstoy, Leonid Andreev, Maksimilian Voloshin, Mikhail Prishvin, Sergei Tret’iakov, Il’ia Ehrenburg, Il’ia Il’f, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vladimir Nabokov. I am currently working on two projects on color. The first explores the “color” of Russian literary culture as a redefinition of the Russian literary canon through scholars’ and authors’ delineating use of color. The second project, tentatively titled Beyond Red: Soviet and Post-Soviet Color, concerns theories and technologies of color, with a focus on the late Soviet period. This monograph is also based on original on archival research, especially in the area of youth periodical culture, but more broadly considers a wide array of media (architecture, film, literature, art and design) through the lens of color theory. Beyond Red examines the role that technologies play in the display and perception of color, while also arguing for the ways in which color (or lack thereof) shapes our understanding of the Soviet period and its visual legacies, largely in the work of nonconformist conceptual art. I also work extensively in digital humanities with ongoing projects related to Soviet performance periodicals, Soviet children’s books, and inter-institutional and international collaboration. My teaching interests include photography and literature, photojournalism, children’s literature, digital humanities, media theory, modernist prose, Soviet/Russian art and culture.