«AvtobiografiЯ» is a journal devoted to the works that deal with the representation of the self in Russian culture.
The journal analyzes the Russian theoretical and artistic autobiographical production following Western research and approaches. It combines different but, at the same time, rich and complex traditions. The first, that of the Western and above all the French and Anglo-Saxon context, where themes related to autobiography and memoirs writing have been constantly and consistently studied in the last fifty years. The second, the Russian tradition, whose wide corpus has been studied to date in a sometimes successful but overall fragmented way. «AvtobiografiЯ», an international and peer-reviewed online journal, follows the model of similar journals issued in Europe and in the United States that are devoted to national or supranational cultures, such as the journal of the European section of the International Autobiography and Biography Association «European Journal of Life Writing» (http://ejlw.eu/).
The name of our journal combines both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet, thus underlining the intention of promoting the exchange and reciprocal integration between Western and Eastern cultures. The idea of an open access journal is aimed at reducing the main gaps in the studies on autobiographical and memoirs genres in the Russian context, i.e. their excessive fragmentariness and, consequently, their scarce availability, usually found published in local journals.
The aim of the journal is to grasp the mysteries of the ‘Russian soul’ and to implement the international dialogue through the multifaceted affirmation of the self: all the staff of «AvtobiografiЯ» are dedicated to the above goal and would like to encourage other scholars to contribute to our exploration of auto/biography and the representation of the self in Russian contexts.


Daniele Tagliavia


Claudia Criveller (University of Padua)
Andrea Gullotta (University of Glasgow)

Advisory Board

Marina Balina (Illinois Wesleyan University)
Rodolphe Baudin (University of Strasbourg)
Catherine Depretto (Paris-Sorbonne University)
Evgeny Dobrenko (University of Sheffield)
Lazar Fleishman (Stanford University)
Stefano Garzonio (University of Pisa)
Olga Hasty (Princeton University)
Oleg Kling (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Oleg Korostelev (A. Solzhenitsyn Foundation “Dom Russkogo Zarubezh’ia”, Moscow)
Ilya Kukulin (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
Yuri Mann (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)
Daniela Rizzi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Stephanie Sandler (Harvard University)
Leona Toker (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Yury Zaretskiy (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Editorial Board

Stefano Aloe (University of Verona)
Roberta De Giorgi (University of Udine)
Cinzia De Lotto (University of Verona)
Anton Demin (Institute of Russian Literature “Pushkin House”, Saint Petersburg)
Patrizia Deotto (University of Trieste)
Simone Guagnelli (University of Bari)
Aleksey Kholikov (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Tatiana Kuzovkina (University of Tallinn)
Francesca Lazzarin (University of Padua)
Emilia Magnanini (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Bartosz Osiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
Ekaterina Paderina (Maxim Gorky Literature Institute, Moscow)
Natalia Rodigina (Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, UrO RAN)
Tatiana Saburova (Omsk State Pedagogical University)
Alexandra Smith (University of Edinburgh)
Raffaella Vassena (State University of Milan)