On January 1, 1919, one hundred years ago, American writer J.D. Salinger (Jan 1, 1919 – Jan 27, 2010) was born in New York.

Commemorating the centenary of his birth we publish the article by Andrey Astvatsaturov Salinger's Mirrors (in Russian).

(published on the webpage Gorky, January 1, 2019)

It’s time for New Year and Christmas greetings! This magical holiday season we would like to thank our editors, publishers, authors, and readers — thanks to all of you our journal was born exactly two years ago. During this time, your talents, your high professionalism, your work and your friendly support made The Literature of the Americas an exciting intellectual adventure and meeting point for all those who are involved and interested in the literary history of the New World. Thank you - and may the New Year bring you joy, warmth, peace and prosperity! We will meet in the New Year on the pages of LoA


Congratulations to our editor Victoria Popova for successfully defending her PhD thesis on Sociocultural Experiment and the Image of a Future Civilization in Waldo Frank's Work and to our dear author Evgenia Butenina for defending her Habilitation thesis on Russian Classics Intertext in American Modernist Prose: Concerning the Problem of the Cultural Transfer!

University of East Anglia professor and Literature of the Americas International Editorial Council member Christopher Bigsby delivered the inaugural lecture Trying to Understand America at Salzburg Global Seminar on American Studies Understanding America in the 21st Century – Culture and Politics (September 21-25, 2018). Video of the lecture

Full transcript of the lecture

Boris Gilenson (21.01.1932 - 20.12.2018), who died yesterday, December 20, 2018, was a Soviet and Russian literature historian, specialist in American literature, Ancient literature, XIX-XX century foreign literature, Doctor habilitat in philology, Professor Emeritus of the Moscow City University.

We are deeply saddened by the news, our most sincere sympathies go out to the family and friends of our dear colleague.

A funeral will be held on Saturday Dec 22 at 12.00 at Botkin hospital, 23b Polikarpova str., Moscow.

On November 27-28 the International scholarly conference "Soviet Encounters with West and East" took place in National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). Organizers: The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences (HSE) and The Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

At the conference sessions, presentations on American studies and Soviet-American contacts were broadly represented. On November 27, editors and authors of the Literature of the Americas took part in the panel "American Leftist Intellectuals in the USSR in the 1930s".

Here is the Program of the Conference

On September 27, 2018 researchers of the A.M. Gorky Institute of the World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS) and members of the editorial board of the Literature of the Americas gave a talk on T.S. Eliot on the Kultura TV channel in the program Observer. The discussion was dedicated to the 130th anniversary of T.S. Eliot.

Observer, Kultura TV Channel, September 27, 2018

Guests: Olga Panova, Doctor Hab. in Philology, Professor of the Department of the History of Foreign Literatures, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Olga Polovinkina, Doctor Hab. in Philology, Professor of the Department of Comparative History and Literature, Russian State University for the Humanities; Andrey Astvatsaturov, philologist, writer, Associate professor of the Department of the History of Foreign Literatures, St. Petersburg State University.

Moderator: Fekla Tolstaya.

Andrey Kofman's book about the Spanish conquest of America and the fate of the famous conquistadors Under the Patronage of Santiago was shortlisted for the Humanitas nomination of the "Book of the Year-2018" award.