Government control of expression has always been strong in the Russian empire and the Soviet Union, reaching new highs (or lows) during the Soviet period. In the last years of the Soviet Union and the first years of post-Soviet Russia, censorship seemed to disappear, but now there is no doubt that it is on the rise again. Professor Choldin has spent nearly 40 years studying censorship in the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. She will describe the themes and techniques of imperial and Soviet censorship, illustrating their similarities and differences, and will share with us some of her adventures while conducting her research.
Prior to our program, Julia Gardner, Head of Reader Services, Special Collections Research Center, will give a tour of Recipes for Domesticity: Cookery, Household Management, and the Notion of Expertise.
Image: Raw (New York, NY: Raw Books, 1983), no. 5, p. , with Maus insert overlaid. Mouly, Françoise; Spiegelman, Art.
In "Forms and Formats of Autobiography," Hillary Chute will offer a brief history of different contemporary forms of autobiographical practice, from zine-making to autobiographical comics to photography and filmmaking. Right now, particularly, we see an explosion of all sorts of mixed-media autobiographies in print—even in an age when print is said to be waning. Professor Chute will assess the rise of formats like comics and zines to address the self, offering a history of their emergence, and suggesting how they conceptualize the self (as well as how they are taking their place in the academy).
Prior to our program, Sarah G. Wenzel, Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe & the Americas,will give a tour of the exhibit, My Life Is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography.
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