This book is the first publication on manga research in the field of Russian Japanese Studies. It contains articles by Russian and foreign scholars who discuss various aspects of manga and especially the development of manga in Russia. It consists of three parts.
The first part focuses on Manga Studies itself and addresses such themes as the history and culture of manga, otaku subculture, Japanese manga discourse, the Gothic tradition and folkloristic images in manga.
The second part illuminates the process of manga’s spread in Russia, which at first was related closely to watching Japanese animation. It includes articles about the history of anime and manga in Russia, the activity of publishing houses, an analysis of works by Russian manga artists, an investigation of special otaku slang, and a chronology of the main manga-related events in the Soviet Union and Russia from the end of the 1980s till the year 2014.
The third part examines formal elements of manga such as panels, angles, speech bubbles, backgrounds, sound effects, and graphic symbols.
Current state of the Russian poetry and its history in the «age of extremes» (Eric Hobsbawm) are among the main scholarly interests of Ilya Kukulin, a cultural historian and a sociologist of culture. This book is a collection of his articles and essays on poetry written in 2001—2018: historical studies; papers tracing the new aesthetic and social trends in poetry; and texts focused on particular today’s authors. These works are arranged into four cycles (corresponding with the four parts of the book) and allow to follow several “main tracks” in development of the Russian poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries: poetic creativity as a way of emancipation from everyday social pressure and of creation of the new view(s) at the world; influence of censorship and self-censorship on development of literature; involvement of Russian poetry into international cultural movements. The scope of the book embraces the authors from Anna Akhmatova and Ossip Mandelshtam to the young poets who made their debuts already in the 21st century.