Russian Literary Culture in the Camera Age: The Word as Image

Russian Literary Culture in the Camera Age: The Word as Image

Russian Literary Culture in the Camera Age: The Word as Image

Russian Literary Culture in the Camera Age: The Word as Image

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In researching this book I have benefited from the help and advice of several institutions and individuals. I must first thank the AHRB, which generously funded the three-year project of which this book is the outcome. Without the indefatigable enthusiasm and hard work of Anat Vernitski, the Research Fellow on the project, the book could not have been written. I am deeply indebted also to Avril ('Dicky') Pyman and Julian Graffy for their invaluable, searching comments on draft chapters. The anonymous reader at RoutledgeCurzon, likewise, provided useful guidance. I should express my gratitude to Anna Maslennikova, Birgit Beumers, Erika Wolf and David Gillespie, all of whom offered advice and/or help with obtaining sources. The support and encouragement of Peter Sowden, the commissioning editor at RoutledgeCurzon, and of Richard Sakwa, were key to seeing the monograph through its early stages. The individuals whose suggestions and constructive criticisms at conference presentations shaped many chapters are too numerous to name. Finally, I should acknowledge the assistance of the BFI in obtaining film stills, and of the University of Surrey in granting me a sabbatical in which to complete the manuscript.

Some of the material from Chapter 3 was published earlier as 'Photographic Eye as Poetic I: Maiakovkii's and Rodchenko's Pro eto project' in The History of Photography (2000), 24, 4, 300-09 (website: www.tandf.co.uk). A different version of Chapter 8 was published as 'Ghosts in the Machine: Literature as Translation Mechanism in Post-Soviet Televisual Representations of Western-ness' in International Journal of Cultural Studies, 5, 3, 291-315 (Sage Publications 2003). Permission to re-use this material is gratefully acknowledged. I am also grateful to Aleksandr Lavrent'ev for allowing me to reproduce the photomontages of his grandfather, Aleksandr Rodchenko. Every effort has been made to acknowledge fully the rights-holders of other copyright material included in this book. Any rights-holder whose work is not fully acknowledged should contact the author and publishers so that a full acknowledgement can be made in any future edition.

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