Jillian Porter holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Her research explores intersections between Russian economic history and cultural production from the late 18th century to the present. At CU, she teaches courses on Russian literature, cinema, sexual politics, and revolutionary thought.
Porter’s first book, Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature under Nicholas I (Northwestern UP, 2017), offers new explanations for the fantastical plots of mad or blocked ambition that helped set the 19th-century Russian prose tradition in motion. It compares the conceptual history of social ambition in post-Napoleonic France and post-Decembrist Russia and argues that the dissonance between foreign and domestic understandings of this economic passion shaped the literature of Nicholas I’s reign (1825–1855). Economies of Feeling has been published in Russian translation as Ekonomika chuvstv: Russkaia literatura epokhi
Nikolaia I (Academic Studies Press, 2021).
Porter is currently at work on a second book, entitled The Art of the Queue: From the Revolution to Putin. This book explores standing in line as a paradigmatic experience of Soviet everyday life and an enduring cultural trope in contemporary Russia. Porter has been awarded a Fall 2021 membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies’ School of Historical Studies and a Spring 2022 faculty fellowship from CU Boulder’s Center for Humanities and the Arts in support of this project. She previously received a 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies for this project and was interviewed about it on the Davis Center's podcast, “The Eurasian Enigma.”
Together with Maya Vinokour at NYU, Porter is also co-editing a collection of essays entitled Russian Energy Culture: Work, Power, and Waste since 1850. The manuscript explores energy as a shaping force in Russian culture from the late 19th century to the present.
Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature under Nicholas I. Northwestern UP, 2017.
Reviewed by Claire Whitehead for the Slavic Review 77, no. 4 (2018): 1117-8; Michael Wachtel for the Russian Review 77, no. 1 (2018): 132; Roger Cockrell for the Slavonic and East European Review 96, no. 2 (2018): 329-31; Olga Zolotareva for the Slavic and East European Journal 62, no. 3 (2018): 619-20; A. J. Deblasio for Choice 55, no. 5 (2018): 607-8; and Vadim Shneyder for Modern Language Quarterly 80, no. 1 (2019): 106-8.
Reprinted in Russian translation as Ekonomika chuvstv: Russkaia literatura epokhi Nikolaia I. Trans. O. M. Pobortseva. Academic Studies Press, 2021.
Featured in Gorky Media’s “Books of the Week” [“Knigi nedeli”] on October 1, 2021.
Articles and book chapters:
“Dostoevsky’s Narrative Economy: Rainbow Bills in The Brothers Karamazov.” Dostoevsky Studies, New Series 22 (2019): 73-88.
Reprinted in Russian translation as “Povestvovatel’naia ekonomika Dostoevsogo: Raduzhnye kreditnye bilety v romane Brat’ia Karamazovy,” trans. Margarita Vaysman, in Russkii realizm XIX-ogo veka: Obshchestvo, znanie, povestvovanie [19th-Century Russian Realism: Society, Knowledge, Narrative]. Edited by Margarita Vaysman, Aleksei Vdovin, Ilya Kliger, Kirill Ospovat. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie [New Literary Survey], 2020. 296-317.
“Commemorative Queues: Bread, Lenin, ‘Requiem’.” The Slavic and East European Journal 61.3 (Fall 2017): 495-518.
“100 Years of the Queue.” Introduction to a thematic cluster on Soviet queue culture. The Slavic and East European Journal 61.3 (Fall 2017): 490-94.
“Alien Commodities: Aelita, Solaris, and Kin-dza-dza!” In Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema. Jennifer L. Feeley and Sarah Ann Wells, eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. 243-56.
“The Double, the Ruble, the Real: Counterfeit Money in Dostoevsky’s Dvoinik.” SEEJ 58, no. 3 (2014): 378-93.