Indeed, thanks a lot to all those researchers, editors, translators, and other volunteers and enthusiasts who made this -- and will make several forthcoming -- journal issues possible!!
As to Vygotsky's archives, well, it is a little bit different. For instance, as one paper argues, on the contrary, archival materials of one of arguably Vygotsky's works were NOT preserved, and the Russian text of the work was blatantly retranslated (or just translated) into Russian from English (this was a much later copy that actually WAS preserved, or, for that matter, was NOT preserved either, but was "reconstructed" some time in the 1950s or 1960s).
Yet again, as we know, the manuscript of yet another work, commonly believed to be a central work of Vygotsky, was NOT preserved either. The same holds for yet another allegedly most important Vygotsky's book.
So, in sum, I would not be that thankful to those who have been in charge of keeping Vygotsky's archival stuff alive and, for that matter, accessible.
From: mike cole <email@example.com>
To: Anton Yasnitsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <email@example.com>
Cc: Alexey Kuznetsov <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Ющенкова Дарья Викторовна <email@example.com>; Anton Yasnitsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Мещеряков Борис Гурьевич <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:04:02 AM
Subject: Re: [xmca] Special issue on Vygotsky's legacy: groudbreaking discoveries in PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological Journal!
Thanks to all who carried out this work. Thanks also to those who kept the archival materials alive.
2012/3/21 Anton Yasnitsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A special issue of PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological issue has been released lately. This thematic multilingual issue combined a few studies on textology, chronology and historical development of Vygotsky's works. Several highlights include:
- first ever rigorous historical reconstruction of the list of Vygotsky's major works and the chronology of their composition
- the sensational finding: Vygotsky never wrote the "History of development of higher mental (psychological) functions" and "Tool and symbol (sign)" the way we know these texts in Russian now
- a discussion of Vygotsky's " Tool and Sign" (alias "Tool and Sign"), i.e. the first half of what we all know as "Mind and Society" (1978, chapters 1-4): was Russian text translated from the English one, or the English text translated from Russian one, or both?
- numerous fakes and falsifications in Vygotsky's various published works & the problem of reliability: is it the Vygotsky that we know or rather -- the Vygotsky that we DO NOT know?
- full list of editorial interventions in the three editions of Vygotsky's "Thinking and speech" of 1934, 1956, & 1982
- a historical, first ever republication of early Vygotsky's articles on art, theatre and literature of 1922: the unknown Vygotsky of his Gomel' period (1917-1924)
All these and some other materials, in Russian, English, Portuguese, and French are available FREE, 24/7 online @ http://www.psyanima.ru/journal/2011/4/index.php
The editorial team are presently considering publishing a follow-up issue of the journal that would build on these studies, so any
queries, comments, suggestions, and even paper proposals (in virtually any language and of virtually any length) will be greatly appreciated!
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