Three anthologies are planned, in Russian, Spanish, and German. Links will be added here as the books appear.

The images on this page are various strange drafts (all but one of them rejected) for the cover of the Russian anthology. I especially like the one at the lower right, which has Bellini's St. Francis standing on a landscape made from a quantum wave function, looking up at Andrei Linde's diagrams of the inflationary universe. The whimsy and weirdness of these covers was described to me as suited to the potential readers of the anthology. The book appeared with the large cover that's just below the main block of text on this page: it seemed the best compromise between Russian bling and my own notions of coherence. (Even so, it conflates a monstrous version of the Mona Lisa with an emblem of the dissection of a pregnant woman; the images are all from my texts in the anthology.)

Anthologies in Russian, Spanish, and German

2010 -

Three anthologies, with different selections of work and different introductions, are currently planned. Links will be added as they appear.

For all translations of individual texts into Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Yoruba, and other languages, see the the full c.v., on the Vita page.


1. Russian
The Visual World: A Collection of Writing by James Elkins, edited by Almira Ousmanova  and Anastassiya Denishchik (Vilnius, Lithuania: European Humanities University, 2009). Джеймс Элкинс Исследуя визуальный мир (под ред. Альмиры Усмановой и Анастасии Денищик) (Вильнюс: Издательство ЕГУ, 2010), c. 528 pp.

This is available for free download from various Russian-language sites, or from this page.

2. Spanish
The Visual World: A Collection of Writing by James Elkins, edited by Patricia Zalamea Fajardo (Bogotá, Colombia: Universidad de los Andes; Barcelona, Spain: Akal, forthcoming).

3. German
Critique of Visual Culture / Kritik der visuellen Kultur, edited and with an Afterword by Gustav Frank (proposed, in hibernation).