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Queer Periodicals in Post-Soviet Russia : From Leningrad Underground to Transnational Publishing Gleissner, Philip


After the decriminalization of homosexuality and the lifting of censorship, a new queer culture began to develop in 1990s Russia. This moment was accompanied by the emergence of new literary voices, publishing enterprises, and periodicals. As we know today, this period of freedom and relative safety was a short-lived one. In this lecture, Dr. Gleissner looks at the unique features of 1990s Russian print media, especially literary and cultural magazines that served a community of queer authors and readers. He analyses layout designs, key content elements, and editorial tactics. The periodicals’ embeddedness in transnational and diasporic cultural practice and in the strategies of late Soviet dissidence, he argues, shaped their unique historical trajectory, their moments of success and their challenges.

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