Eurasian Enigma: Standing in Line with Jillian Porter

Milk line in Russian city. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Friday, July 1, 2016

How has the iconic image of standing in line shaped Russian identity? Literary scholar Jillian Porter examines how the queue has wound its way through narratives of revolution and continues to find expression in Russian political, social, and cultural life today.

Davis Center associate Jillian Porter is an assistant professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma, where she is also affiliate faculty in Film and Media Studies. Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and Russian and Soviet cinema. Her first book, Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature, 1825–1855, studies the economic and emotional paradigms that structured Russian narratives during the reign of Nicholas I. Her latest research project is a book about the queue in Soviet and post-Soviet literature and film. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of California, Berkeley.

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