A morbid fact unites the corpses that feature in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s fiction: almost all of them remain unburied. Among these bodies are Netochka Nezvanova’s murdered mother, the narrator’s dead wife in A Gentle Creature, Nastasya Filippovna and Hans Holbein’s Christ in The Idiot, and Father Zosima in The Brothers Karamazov. In this talk, I will approach Dostoevsky’s canon of corpses in two ways. First, Dostoevsky’s aesthetic of exposure—one stronghold of his “fantastic realism”—is always connected to a hermeneutic crisis. Interpreting corpses, Dostoevsky’s characters participate in a drama... Read more about Prof Elizabeth Geballe: "Double Exposures: Translating Dostoevsky’s Corpses"
Alexandra Petrova was born in St. Petersburg when it still was called Leningrad. She studied Russian language and literature at the University of Tartu. In 1993 she emigrated to Jerusalem, and since 1998 she has lived in Rome.
She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Point of Detachment [Liniia otryva] (1994), Residence Permit or A View on Existence [Vid na zhitel’stvo] (1999) and Only the Trees [Tolko derev’ia] (...
How have market regimes and contemporary technology shaped what it means to be a poet in Russia today? This talk explores the literary landscape of post-Soviet Russia, where institutional shifts in the 1990s undermined expert opinion, and allowed popular acclaim to serve as a new basis for cultural legitimacy. In this new environment, which I call “cultural capitalism,” individual success became an important structuring value for both authors and their works. By tracing the career of one prominent poet, Vera Polozkova, I show how she forged an innovative pathway to success through social... Read more about Prof Bradley Gorski (Barnard College): "Literary Success and the Russian Internet: Vera Polozkova and the Poetics of Social Media"
Barker Center (12 Quincy Street), 3rd floor outside the Slavic Department
Interested in taking some courses in our department? Considering a concentration with us? Just want some food? Whatever your motivations, we look forward to getting to know you on Wednesday 11/29 from 12-2! Faculty, staff, and grad students will be around, eager to meet you and answer any questions you might have.