About the book
This book is a collection of essays by specialists in Russian, Ukrainian, German, Austrian and Croatian culture, literature, language and film. The book offers new research insights on a wide range of scholarly topics, including the cultural mythology of St. Petersburg, movie audiences in Stalin’s time, musical and literary intertexts in Schubert and Goethe, Jewish themes in Russian poetry and prose, vampire imagery in German and Swiss literature and film, new perspectives on foreign language acquisition, and theatrical elements in Tolstoy’s short fiction.
Jazz is an eclectic medium and We’re from Jazz, likewise, offers samples from a broad selection of fascinating cultural material. The collection is in honor of Nicholas V. Galichenko, a much-respected and beloved teacher of Russian language, literature and film at the University of Victoria. These essays are offered by colleagues and former students of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies in recognition of his many contributions to teaching, scholarship and community.
"A lively and informative collection that reflects Galichenko's wide-ranging interests. Everyone who loves central and east European culture should find something of value here."
- Denise J. Youngblood, Professor of History, University of Vermont
"The title of this nicely assembled collection, through its allusion to the well-known Soviet musical comedy, wonderfully captures Professor Galichenko’s true passions: jazz and cinema."
- Bohdan Y. Nebesio, Film Studies, Brock University