Katherine Hill Reischl

Assistant Professor, Christian Gauss University Preceptor, Departmental Representative
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Phone: 
258-4509
Email Address: 
kreischl@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
227 East Pyne
Degrees: 
  • Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Chicago, 2013)
  • M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Chicago, 2007)
  • B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Chicago, 2005)

Profile: 

My research focuses on twentieth-century Russian literature, art, and culture, with particular attention paid to the relationship between text and image. My first book, Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors, explores the intersection of photography and writing in the texts of author-photographers including Lev Tolstoy, Leonid Andreev, Maksimilian Voloshin, Mikhail Prishvin, Sergei Tret’iakov, Il’ia Ehrenburg, Il’ia Il’f, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vladimir Nabokov.

Additional areas of research interest include the history of photography; periodical studies (pre-revolutionary to Soviet); illustrated Russian children’s literature; the Soviet Gulag; Russian and Soviet cityscapes (particularly Moscow); digital humanities and (new) media theory.

Current Project: 

Since 2016, I have been developing a digital humanities project featuring Soviet children's books housed at Princeton’s Cotsen Collection, "Playing Soviet: The Visual Language of Early Soviet Children's Books." My second book project is an intermedial look at color and color technologies in the 20th century, focused largely on the late Soviet period. It is tentatively titled, Beyond Red: Late Soviet Color.

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate:

  • Getting the Picture: Photojournalism in Russia and the US
  • Urban Studies Research Seminar: Moscow on the Hudson
  • Photography and Literature (Freshman Seminar)
  • Moscow/Petersburg: Russia in Two Capitals
  • Soviet Culture, Above and Below Ground

Graduate:

  • Mimesis: Text and Image
  • Photographic Modernisms: Russia and the West

 

Authored Books:

Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors (Cornell University Press, 2018).


book cover

Selected Articles:

"In the Soviet School of Photography: Lessons in Photographic Literacy," Modernism/modernity  (Print+ Volume 3, Cycle 3). https://modernismmodernity.org/articles/soviet-school-photography

"Veshch’/Objet/Gegenstand on the International Stage," The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (8.2, 2017).

"Photography and the Crisis of Authorship: Tolstoy and the Popular Photographic Press,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 60 (2012).

Digital Humanities:
Playing Soviet: The Visual Language of Early Soviet Children's Books
http://commons.princeton.edu/soviet/