History of “Ricerche Slavistiche”


For over 50 years Ricerche slavistiche (RS) has been published (almost) regularly despite many changes in publishers, editors, directors and scientific committees. Interested readers can click here for a chronology of these changes.

Most readers, however, may be primarily interested in two other distinctive features of the journal:

(a) the correspondence between its first series (1952-1999) and the history of Italian academic Slavistics in the latter half of the past century;

(b) the role, taken up by the second series (2003-), of guarding undivided the tradition of Slavic philology in a time of disarticulation.

In the issues of the first series readers can retrace – specifically through the contributions of Polish, Czech, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian and Serbian, Ukrainian, Russian and, later, American, France, Germany and other scholars, – the productive connections made by Italian slavists with their international colleagues.

Most importantly, RS documents the different phases of development of Slavic studies in Italian Academia:

(a) The phase of the "founding Fathers", based in Naples, Padua and Rome, who pioneered the field relying essentially on themselves and their own students (such as, e.g., Evel Gasparini, a graduate of Maver in Padua in 1923), and scholars who came to Slavic studies only via detours (such as Carlo Verdiani); sporadically, they collaborated with linguists, historians and byzantinists interested in questions Slavic, as well as non-academic Slavic scholars active in Italy and in other non-Slavic countries.

(b) The rise to action of G. Maver’s first disciples, especially two Slavic philologists who later served as RS editors (Riccardo Picchio, before he moved to the United States, and Sante Graciotti) and, almost at the same time, two of their peers, Nullo Minissi and Bruno Meriggi (graduates of Maver in Rome).

(c) The work of the first generation of specialists in Slavic philology, Russian studies and other Slavic studies (Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian languages and literatures), who would chair departments in other Italian universities (Florence, Milan, etc.), some trained in Rome (e.g. Anjuta Maver Lo Gatto, Angelo Ripellino), but some with alternative backgrounds like Eridano Bazzarelli (a graduate of V. Pisani who quickly moved to Russian literature) and Ignazio Ambrogio.

(d) The ascent of many young scholars in the 1960’s and 1970’s (the second generation of specialists in Slavic philology, Russian studies and other Slavic studies), many of whom studied in Slavic countries as well as in Italy.

(e) The new generation of specialists in Slavic philology, Russian studies and other Slavic studies who began publishing in the latter half of the 1980’s, with wide-ranging interests, many of them focusing on highly specific issues and only few following the “Maverian” tradition of Slavic philological and comparative studies.



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