Mikhail Eps(h)tein's Virtual Library

Philosophy. Religion. Literature. Cultural Theory. Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Postmodernity and Postmodernism

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1. Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on  Post-Soviet Culture (with Alexander Genis and Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, in the series Studies in Slavic Literature, Culture, and Society, vol. 3). New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 1999, 528 pp. (of 24 chapters in this book 16 are written by this author). Hardcover and paperback editions.

2. After the Future: The Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture (a volume in the series Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture, with an introduction by Anesa Miller-Pogacar), Amherst: The University of  Massachusetts Press,  1995, 392 pp. Hardcover and paperback editions.

3. Relativistic Patterns in Totalitarian Thinking: An Inquiry into the Language of Soviet Ideology. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Occasional Paper, #243. Washington: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1991, 94 pp.

"Judaic Spiritual Traditions in the Poetry of Pasternak and Mandel'shtam," trans. from Russian by Ruth Rischin, Symposium. A Quartely Journal in Modern Literatures. Issue on Judaic Literature. Identity, Displacement,  and Destruction. Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 1999, pp. 205-231.

"Communism, Postmodernism, Sots-Art," an introduction to the collection Sots-art, Chicago: Nortwestern University Press, 1999 (40 pp.)

"On hyperauthorship: Hypotheses on Potential Identities of Araki Yasusada,"  Sycamore Review (Purdue University), Vol. 10, No. 1 Winter/Spring 1998, pp.  71-81.

"Daniil Andreev and  the Mysticism of Femininity," The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture, ed. by Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997, 325-355.

"Fugitive Russian Sects: A Handbook for Beginners," transl. by Eve Adler, New
England Review (Middlebury Series, VT), vol.18, No.2, Spring 1997, 70-100.

"Symposion and Russian Filosofia," in SUMPOSION / Symposion. A Journal of Russian Thought, Los Angeles:  Charles Schlacks, Jr., Publisher, University of Southern California, vol. 1, 1996, 3-7.

"The Phoenix of Philosophy: On the Meaning and Significance of Contemporary Russian Thought," ibid., 35-74.

"Hyper in 20th Century Culture: The Dialectics of Transition from Modernism to Postmodernism" (transl. from Russian by Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, revised and extended by the author), Postmodern Culture. An Electronic Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism.  Published by North Carolina State University, Oxford University Press, and the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.  V.6 N.2. January 1996, 61 paragraphs. Reprinted in Left Curve (Oakland, CA), No.21, 1997, 5-16.

"Response: 'Post-' and Beyond," "Russian Critical Theory and Postmodernism: The Theoretical Writings of Mikhail Epstein" Forum,  in Slavic and East European Journal, Fall 1995, Vol.39, No.3, 357-366.

"The Origins and Meaning of Russian Postmodernism",  in Re-entering the Sign: Articulating New Russian Culture, ed. by Ellen Berry and Anesa Miller-Pogacar, University of Michigan Press,  1995, 25-47.

"A Catalog of the New Poetries," ibid.,  208-211.

"Ivan Soloviev's Reflections on Eros,"  in Genders, 22,  a special issue Postcommunism and the Body Politic, ed. by Ellen Berry, New York and London: New York University Press, 1995, 252-266.

The Russian Philosophy of National Spirit: Conservatism and Traditionalism [book format] Washington, D.C.: National Council for Soviet and East European Research, 1994, 23 pp.

The Significance of Russian Philosophy [book format], Washington, D.C.: National Council for Soviet and East European Research, 1994, 10 pp.

"Good-bye to Objects, or, the Nabokovian in Nabokov," in A Small Alpine Form: Studies in NabokovŐs Short Fiction, ed. by Gene Barabtarlo and Charles Nicol, New York: Garland Publishers (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 1580), 1993, 217-224.

"Tom Wolfe and Social(ist) Realism," Common Knowledge, 1992, Vol.1, No. 2, 1992, 147-160.


Commentary and Hypotheses, in Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada. Ed. and Trans. by Tosa Motokiyu, Oji Norinaga, and Okura Kyojin. New York: Roof Books, 1997, pp. 134-147.

"Letter to Tosa Motokiyu" [the problem of hyperauthorship],  Denver Quartely, University of Denver, vol. 31, No. 4, Spring 1997, pp. 100-105.

"Some Speculations on the Mystery of Araki Yasusada," Witz (Studio City, California), Vol. 5, No. 2, Summer 1997, 4-13.

"Postmodernism and Communism" [parallel texts in Russian and English]. Slovo/Word, No. 19, New York, 1996,   32-63.

Ellen E.Berry, Kent Johnson, Anesa Miller-Pogacar, "Postcommunist Postmodernism --- An Interview with Mikhail Epstein," Common Knowledge, Oxford University Press, 1993, Vol. 2, No.3, 103-118.