A new book series is a major development for the Legenda imprint, so the arrival of Visual Culture is a big day for us. (The announcement is here.) The public debut follows two years of planning, after decisions both small — what colour? Pale emerald green — and large — who shall the editors be?

The general editor for the series is Carolin Duttlinger, who is Professor of German Literature and Culture at Wadham College, University of Oxford. She is co-director of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre, which hosts conferences, workshops and visiting speakers and works closely with the Bodleian Library, where the majority of Kafka’s manuscripts are kept. She has also been part of an on-going collaboration between the Oxford Sub-Faculty of German and the German Department at Princeton University, which has focused, among other things, on the philosopher Walter Benjamin.
Edward Welch is Carnegie Professor of French at the University of Aberdeen. His research focuses on the cultural history of post-war France as it navigates decolonization and modernization, exploring how literary and visual culture capture the radical nature of those transformations. In recent years, his work has turned increasingly to investigate the nature of the photographic image and its role as part of a visual economy of meaning. Projects include the visual representation of the Franco-Algerian relationship from the time of French Algeria to the present day, and the role of visual and discursive forms in Gaullist spatial planning and modernization.
Frederic J. Schwartz is Professor of the History of Art at University College, London, where his interests include all areas of the visual culture and built environment in the German-speaking world from the late nineteenth century to the present. He has lectured and published widely on modern architecture and design, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, the German avant-garde of the early twentieth century and the History of Art as an academic discipline.
Ita Mac Carthy is a Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham, where she specialises in the connections between early modern Italian literature and the visual arts, seen in the context of cultural and social history and in a comparative European perspective. Her work is informed by various literary, cultural and art theoretical approaches, engaging in particular with gender studies, reception theory, cultural materialism, philological modes of enquiry and cognitively-inflected criticism. She is a former Legenda author herself (see here and here), but her latest book is The Grace of the Italian Renaissance (Princeton, 2020).
Katherine M. H. Reischl is Assistant Professor and Christian Gauss University Preceptor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton. She works on twentieth-century Russian literature, art, and culture, with particular attention paid to the relationship between text and image. Her first book, Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors, explores the intersection of photography and writing in the texts of author-photographers including Lev Tolstoy, Leonid Andreev, Maksimilian Voloshin, Mikhail Prishvin, Sergei Tret’iakov, Il’ia Ehrenburg, Il’ia Il’f, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Vladimir Nabokov. In 2016 she created a digital humanities project featuring Soviet children's books housed at Princeton’s Cotsen Collection. Her current project is an intermedial look at color and color technologies in the 20th century, focused largely on the late Soviet period.
Lindsay Smith is a Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and is a founder and co-director of the Research Centre for Visual Fields (now the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture). Her research interests include Victorian literature, especially poetry; nineteenth-century non-fictional prose; painting and photography; visual perception in the nineteenth-century; and photography theory. Her latest book is Color and Victorian Photography (Routledge, 2020).
Katherine Groo is an assistant professor in Film and Media Studies at Lafayette College and currently an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Humboldt University's Institute of Musicology and Media in Berlin. Her essays have appeared in The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Framework, Discourse, and Frames, as well as numerous edited collections. She is the author of Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) and co-editor of New Silent Cinema (Routledge/AFI, 2015). Her current book project, Images at the End of the World: Historicity and Mourning in the Twenty-First Century, examines how contemporary images encourage us to mourn, experience nostalgia, or encounter the specters of past time. 
Noa Roei is Assistant Professor at the Department of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and a research affiliate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). She holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Art History and Psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Noa has published material on various aspects of Israeli visual culture in several edited volumes and journals. Her monograph, Civic Aesthetics: Militarism, Israeli Art, and Visual Culture (Bloomsbury Academic) came out in 2017. Current research interests include image and infrastructure; image and spatiality; multisensory forms of spectatorship; and aspects of visual culture that concern the (de)construction of identity.  
Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor in the Comparative Literature Program at the Graduate Center in City University of New York.
A Fellow of the British Academy and the former Professor of Spanish in the University of Cambridge, he is the author of 23 books, amongst them the first book in English on Pedro Almodóvar and a BFI classic on Amores Perros, and over one hundred academic articles.
His most recent books are Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain (Berghahn, 2017), Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 (Wayne State UP, 2017), Spanish and Latin American Television Drama: Genre and Format Translation (Institute of Modern Languages Research, 2018), Multiplatform Media in Mexico: Growth and Change Since 2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and Mexican Genders, Mexican Genres: Cinema, Television, and Streaming Since 2010 (Boydell and Brewer, 2021).

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