The Future of Soviet Russian Literaturelecture Wed 20 Feb 2019, 17:45
Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1)
Queen's Building, University of Exeter, Queen's Drive
Exeter EX4 4QH
- Free - Advance booking essential
In her inaugural lecture, Professor Katharine Hodgson of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter will discuss the future of Soviet Russian literature.
Since the late 1980s, a mass of previously unknown material has emerged to challenge Western views of Soviet writers either as conformist hacks obediently following the Communist Party line, or as heroic figures resisting state censorship.
This evidence, considered alongside texts previously available to scholars, reveals a picture of literary life which lacks such clear distinctions.
As the USSR recedes into memory, one could ask whether the literature of the Soviet period was in fact so radically different from what had gone before.
1917 may look like a moment when links with the past were severed, yet plenty of already established writers remained on the scene for decades. The Soviet Writers’ Union was created to replace independent writers’ networks and associations, but the longstanding tradition of informal writers’ circles nevertheless persisted. In the early 1990s some critics felt able to dismiss Soviet Russian literature as ‘of anthropological interest only’. Now scholars are creating a new, more nuanced understanding of a complex cultural phenomenon.
All are welcome to attend this free lecture. Advance booking is essential.
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01392 725494.
This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 6.45 – 8.45pm in Queen’s Café.