Anita Frison holds a PhD in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences from the University of Padua (2018). As an adjunct professor, she currently teaches Russian literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She also works as a research fellow at the University of Padua. Among her research interests: 19th and early 20th century Russian literature, Russian Symbolism, early Russian cinema, semiotics, post-colonial studies. Since 2020 she is the co-editor of the scientific peer-reviewed journal eSamizdat.
Emilio Mari received his PhD in Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies from the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. In 2012, he earned a Master’s degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at Sapienza University of Rome, and in 2013, a second Master’s degree in Slavonic Studies at the same university. Since 2017 he has been teaching Russian Literature and Culture at the University of International Studies of Rome. His areas of research include Russian popular culture, folklore and mass culture; the semiotics of space; relationships between literature, architecture and landscape. He is a co-editor of “eSamizdat. Journal of Slavic Cultures” and the author of the book Between the Rural and the Urban: Landscape and Popular Culture in Petersburg, 1830–1917, winner of the 2019 International Pushkin Award.