Indiana Slavic Studies

Indiana Slavic Studies is the occasional publication of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures of Indiana University. Copyright is vested in Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana Slavic Studies 1 appeared in 1956, under the editorship of Michale Ginsburg and Joseph Thomas Shaw; it was subtitles "Slavic and East European Series, Volume 2." Subsequent volumes appeared in 1958 (vol. 2 of ISS; Slavic and East European Series, vol. 13), 1963 (vol. 3; Russian and East European Series, vol. 28), and 1967 (vol. 4; Russian and East European Series, vol. 36) All of these volumes were distributed by the Indiana University Press.

Indiana Slavic Studies was revived in 1990 with the publication of volume 5 (Indiana University Russian and East European Series, vol. 43). The editor of this issue was Henry R. Cooper, Jr.; associate editors were Samuel Fiszman and Felix J. Oinas. From 1990 through today ISS has been planned to appear on a biennial basis, now through Slavica. Previous volumes not listed here are available upon request and a limited number of copies remain for sale.


Colleagues and former studens of Nina Perlina, Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, have assembled a volume of essays reflecting her research and teaching foci: the Petersburg theme in Russian literature., from Pushikin, Gogol, and especially Dostoevsky, through Nabokov, and into the Siege of World War II; and studies in the thought of Mikail Bakhitn and his contemporaries and more generally, philosophical aesthetics. From Petersburg to Bloominton offers pieces by well-known scholars in hte U.S., Russia, and Europe, on Dostoevksy, Zamiatin, and others, and will appeal to specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture.

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This volume exploits the analytical category of "space" to unify the various disciplinary approaches and thematic concentrations applied here to the dynamics of historical memory within and between the Germans and Poles. This category has proven tremendously useful in memory studies, yet it has thus far been considered almost exclusively in its intuitive, geographical and physical dimensions. The editors reject the notion that only a physical landscape can impact the topography of the mind, and instead posit three different "œspaces" of Polish-German memory "physical, political, and literary“ envisioning the potential for identifying many more. In the first section, the contributors explore the traditional "œphysicalâ" space of memory through non-traditional means. Rather than make a case for the agency of nature in how Poles and Germans remember their shared past, they focus on human designs for the transformation of space as a means of facilitating either remembering or forgetting (or both). The second section moves to political space in German politics and post-war Polish-German relations. The third section highlights the cultural-intellectual imaginary by illuminating the "œliterary spaceâ" of Polish-German memory. Finally, the volume closes with an afterword from legendary Polish dissident Adam Michnik, for whom the present task of re-mapping Polish-German memory serves as a springboard into broader reflections on the ethical, juridical, and political future of the transnational space framed by the Polish-German past. This book is recommended for library collections at community colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities.


Books, Bibliographies, and Pugs offers a selection of new research in Library and Information Science, with special emphasis on the Russian and East European area, but also extending as far as Turkey and the Pacific Rim. The volume is presented with warm affection by its contributors to honor Murlin Croucher upon the occasion of his retirement. Murlin Croucher began his career in 1971 at the University of North Carolina, where he served first as Slavic Cataloger and later as Slavic Bibliographer. In 1980 he came to Indiana University as Slavic Bibliographer, where he oversaw continued growth in the strong Slavic collection until his retirement in 2005, as well as strengthening the Central Asian and Tibetan holdings. He was a leading figure in East-West book exchanges, not a simple affair during the Cold War. Above all, Murlin Croucher left an enduring stamp on numerous practitioners in the field through his teaching in the School of Library and Information Sciences and through his publications, most notably the seminal Slavic Studies: A Guide to Bibliographies, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks, now in its second edition. The fruits of his impact on his field may be gauged tellingly from the articles included in this volume.



From the Series Editor     i

Frontispiece     ii

Tabula Gratulatoria     1

Preface     7

Murlin Lee Croucher     9

1. Michael Biggins

Post-1989 Publishing on Previously Suppressed Topics: Trends in Czech Contemporary History, With Reference to Poland     13

2. Jacqueline Byrd

Cataloging Production Standards for Non-Western Languages: From a Project to Permanent Standards     31

3. John K. Cox

What's Behind the Veil? The Ottoman Fiction of Ismail Kadare     47

4. Gregory C. Ference

The Slavic Diaspora Library: The Slovak-American Example     73

5. Jon Giullen

Where Library Meets Vendor: A Comparison of Six Vendors of Russian Books     87

6. Jared Ingersoll

"Romanov University": Libraries, Books, and Learning in Imperial Russian Prisons     1137. Tim Larson

Józef Grucz (1890-1954); An Appreciation     131

8. Daniel M. Pennel

The Power and Peril of Ideas Continuity and Change in Romaniann Publishing     145

9. Patricia Polansky

Pacific Rim Librarianship: Collectors of Russian Materials on the Far East     159

10. Bradley L. Schaffner

V.F. Odoevskii and I.V. Got'e: Scholar-Librarians in Service to the State     181

Notes on the Contributors     193


The seven related articles in this volume of Indiana Slavic Studies doubly counter the dominant focus in Polish Studies scholarship on "Literature penned by Great Men." This anthology turns the spotlight elsewhere—on the careers, works, and reception of Polish women in the visual and performing arts. The subject of our collection, in both senses, in the Polish woman who has stolen the show—on stage, screen, canvas, and in the media. The essays span the 19th and 20th centuries, from Beth Holmgren's historical analysis of the public/professional lives of Polish stage actresses (Helena Modjeska, Maria Wisnowska, Gabriela Zapolska) in the late nineteenth-century to Andrea Lanoux's critical review of the diverse Polish-language women's magazines that proliferated in Poland during the 1990s. Between these endpoints, Bożena Shallcross limns the innovative psychologized portraiture of painter Olga Boznańska (1865–1940); Elżbieta Ostrowska examines the provocative cinematic career of Poland's premier screen star, Krystyna Janda (b. 1952); Maria Makowiecka delineates the transgressive multimedia art of the award-winning postmodernist Ewa Kuryluk (b. 1946); and Helena Goscilo fathoms the anti-diva self-fashioning and currency of the operatic contralto Ewa Podleś (b. 1952). Halina Filipowicz's essay-afterword to the collection advocates and theoretically elaborates what the preceding entries effectively deploy—a "particularist" methodology that evaluates Polish women's works within the context of their historical experience, cultural traditions, and sociopolitical pressures. All of the essays necessarily problematize gender and address female creativity from its perspective while examining the nexus of complex issues confronted by highly visible female professionals in an unavoidably politicized context: namely, the devaluation or diffusion of gender politics in a "minor" country obsessed with national oppression; and the consequent professional allure and commercial peril of international models and opportunities for training, exhibition, performance, and promotion.

Contents From the Series Editor     1 Introduction     3 1. Beth Holmgren

Public Women, Parochial Stage: The Actress in Late Nineteenth-Century Poland     11

2. Elżbieta Osrowska

Krystyna Janda: The Contradicitons of Polish Stardom     37

3. Helena Goscilo

Crossing Boarders and Octaves: The Polish Diva with a (Di)staff Difference     65

4. Bożena Shallcross

Negotiating the Gaze: Olga Boznańska as a Portraitist     93

5. Maria Hanna Makowiecka

The Fabric of Memory: Ewa Kuryluk's Textile and Textual (Self-) Representations     125

6. Andrea Lanoux

Girlfriend, Your Style Has a Splinter: Polish Women's Magazines and the Feminist Press since 1989     125

7. Halina Filipowicz

The Wound of History: Gender Studies and Polish Particularism     147

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From the Series Editor     i

Frontispiece    ii

Bill Johnston

Preface     1

Kathleen Cioffi

Introduction     3

Timothy Wiles

Mrożek's Plays and the Everyday Absurd in Cold War Poland: The Satirical Short Plays and Tango     15

Halina Stephen

Discovering America in Contemporary Polish Drama     41

Beth Holmgren

The Polish Actress Unbound: Tales of Modrzejewska/Modjeska     57

Elwira Grossman

From (Re)creating Mythology to (Re)claiming Female Voices: Amelia Hertz and Anna Świrszczyńska as Playwrights     79

Halina Filipowicz

Gender in Polish Drama, or, What's a Good Polish Woman like Queen Wanda Doing in Plays like These?     93

Regina Grol

Sławomir Mroźek's The Reverends, or, Is It Better to Be a Jew or a Woman?     127

Jeffrey Veidlinger

From Boston to Mississippi on the Warsaw Yiddish Stage     141

Kathleen Cioffi

Provisorium, Kompania, and their Rots in the "Other" Polish Theatre     165

Allen Kuharski

The Virtual Theatre of Witold Gombrowicz     183