Historical Poetics

Historical Poetics is an original line of researches in Russian and World literary studies. It was elaborated by VESELOVSKY A. N. and developed then by Zhirmunsky V. M., Putilov B. N., Meletinsky E. M., Bakhtin M. M., Likhachiov D. S., Averintsev S. S., Mikhailov A. V. and others. The purpose of Historical Poetics is to study genesis and evolution of poetic forms, and  its task is to “define the role and borders of the tales in the course of  individual creative work” (Veselovsky A.N.).


Aims & Scope

In print since 1990 The Problems of Historical Poetics journal aims to promote the development of education in humanities and sciences in Russia and abroad and publish new studies in comparative historical poetics. The journal offers new interpretations of the works of Russian and World literature based on original ideas and concepts. Until 2017, each issue of the journal had a thematic title. Among the best-known issues there is ''The Gospel text in Russian literature of the 18th—20th centuries: quote, reminiscence, motive, plot, genre", where a particular research trend – ethnopoetics – was formed. Ethnopoetics makes it possible to discover national features of Russian philology through the categories of poetics. The authors of the articles offer new interpretations of the Russian classics, a new concept of Russian Literature as Christian one. These issues were the result of the International Conference "The Gospel Text in Russian Literature". This conference, which discusses a new concept of Russian literature, takes place once every three years at Petrozavodsk State University, opening on the Day of the Holy Spirit.


The journal has been acclaimed in international periodicals. In one of his reviews a distinguished American Slavist Victor Terras designated this research trend as «A Christian revolution in Russian literary studies»: Terras, Victor. A Christian Revolution in Russian Literary Criticism // Slavic and East European Journal. 2002. Vol. 46. N 4. P. 769- 776.

In 2017, the journal changed the format and frequency of publication. Since that time, it has been published quarterly. The journal "The Problems of Historical Poetics" offers researchers from Russia and other countries an international platform for publishing for publishing the results of research work on the study of world folklore and literature. The journal strives for the international integration of Russian literary research and the incorporation of contemporary international research in Russian literary studies.


Articles may be submitted in Russian and English languages.

Publication of articles is free of charge.


The Journal is freely available. Its content is free for users. They can read, download, copy, distribute, and print full texts of the articles available via links without the publisher's or the author's preliminary permission.


The web site of the Journal http://poetica.pro contains information about the edition (history, subject matter, requirements for manuscripts, reviewing, ethics), information about the editor-in-chief, members of the editorial board and the editorial board (indicating the academic degree, academic title, position, contact information), the archive of issues of the journal are posted.


The Editorial Board consists of the distinguished scholars from various countries of the world. All the submitted articles are necessarily reviewed. Submissions are reviewed by scientists who specialize in the specific topic of the article and hold a doctorate or a Ph.D. in the field. They can either be member of the editorial board or external experts.


Our authors

Famous Russian scholars have contributed to publishing of the Journal: VЕ. Khalizev, F. Z. Kanunova, ЕК. Romodanovskaya, N. А. Krinichnaya, Т. G. Malchukova, I. А. Esaulov, V. А. Koshelev, I. А. Vinogradov, V. А. Voropaev, V. I. Gabdullina, V. V. Dudkin, ЕМ. Neyolov, А. V. Pigin, D. M. Bulanin and others. Certain eminent foreign scholars have taken part too: Robert Louis Jackson (USA), Ludolf Müller (Germany), Jostein Børtnes (Norway), Dmitry F. Grigorieff (USA), Sophie Ollivier (France), Giuseppe Ghini (Italy), Erik Egeberg (Norway), Diane Oenning Thompson (UK), Ingunn Lunde (Norway), Irene Zohrab (New Zealand), Natalija Vidmarović (Croatia), Neda Andrić (Montenegro), V. V. Lepakhin (Hungary), Inès Muller de Morogues (Switzerland), Marta Lukaszewicz (Poland), Eliza Małek (Poland), D. L. Bashkirov (Republic of Belarus) and others. 



 Founder — Petrozavodsk State University (PetrSU).

The editorial board of the journal acts on the basis of the Charter.


Advertising policy. The journal does not publish advertising materials.



 Periodicity. In 1990-2010, the journal was published once every three years; in 2011-2016 - once a year (in November). The number of articles per issue aried from 30 to 45, with 34 printer's sheets per issue. In 2016, a special issue "The Poetics of the Fantastic" (Issue 4) was published along with the regular issue #14. Since 2017, The Problems of Historical Poetics has been published on a trimestrial basis - once every three months.




Vol. 20, No 1 - February 14
Vol. 20, No 2 - June 9
Vol. 20, No 3 - September 12
Vol. 20, No 4 - November 21



The journal has an International Standard Serial Number ISSN 2411-4642 (Online).


The Problems of Historical Poetics was included in the new List of peer-reviewed scientific journals and other publications recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission of Russia's Ministry of Education and Science for publishing the results of thesis research papers

Indexing and archiving

The editors of the journal "The Problems of Historical Poetics" do their best to have the periodical registered in Russian and international abstract database and citation indexes. 


In 2011, the journal was registered in the Russian Science Citation Index. Information on the published scientific articles is available within a month from the date of the publication of each issue.


Since 2012 (vol. 10), the journal articles have been formatted in accordance with the international standards and requirements of citation indexes.


The journal is included in the international scientific citing databases:



All the scientific articles are recorded in the database of Registration Agency Crossref. A digital object identifier (DOI) is assigned to each article.


In 2017 ANVUR (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca), or the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes, established in 2006 by the Italian Government under the control of Ministry of Science and Education added The Problems of Historical Poetics to the list of category A scientific journals

Since 2019, the journal has been included in the list of publications on literary studies recommended by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland for the publication of the main research results ("Wykaz czasopism naukowych dla dyscypliny LITERATUROZNAWSTWO").


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