TLS review Oliver Ready’s talk at Pushkin House

Oliver Ready, author of Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013, spoke at Pushkin House on 20 June about his research on folly in recent Russian writing. His talk was reviewed in the TLS by Bryan Karetnyk; read the article here. Read about his monograph on the subject here.   Advertisements

Oliver Ready speaking at Pushkin House in London

Oliver Ready, author of Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013, will be speaking about his book at the Pushkin House in London on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The title of his talk will be ‘Schools for Fools? The Cult of Folly in Recent Russian Writing’. Click here to register for the … Continue reading

Book launch: Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013

Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013, by Oliver Ready, will be launched at 5.30pm on 16 May 2017 in the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Library Reading Room at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Professor Andrew Kahn, editor of the Russian Transformations series in which the book appears, will be joining the … Continue reading

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital published

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital presents a fascinating account of the wave of Russophilia that pervaded British literary culture in the early twentieth century. The authors bring a new approach to the study of this period, exploring the literary phenomenon through two theoretical models from the social sciences: Orientalism and the notion of «cultural capital» … Continue reading

Among Russian Sects and Revolutionists published

In his lifetime Prince Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Khilkov (1857–1914) became known in a number of seemingly contradictory roles and contexts: courageous officer, Tolstoyan, defender of the oppressed, leader of the Dukhobor exodus, revolutionary terrorist and returning Orthodox prodigal. Born into one of Russia’s ancient aristocratic families, with close links to the court, he chose an unexpected … Continue reading

Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World

In this volume, researchers in the fields of language in society, sociolinguistics, language politics, diaspora and identity studies explore the contacts between languages and cultures in the post-Soviet world. The book presents a range of perspectives on the effects of migration and of re-drawing of borders among groups and individuals for whom the Russian language … Continue reading

Review of Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities

New book Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities, edited by Emily Van Buskirk and Andrei Zorin, is reviewed in 3:am magazine. Click here for the review. Known in her lifetime primarily as a literary scholar, Lydia Ginzburg (1902-1990) has become celebrated for a body of writing at the intersections of literature, history, psychology, and sociology. In highly … Continue reading

Review of Stalin’s Ghosts

New book Stalin’s Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature by Muireann Maguire is reviewed on languagehat.com. Click here for the review. Stalin’s Ghosts examines the impact of the Gothic-fantastic on Russian literature in the period 1920-1940. It shows how early Soviet-era authors, from well-known names including Fedor Gladkov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrei Platonov and Evgenii … Continue reading

Stalin’s Ghosts

Stalin’s Ghosts examines the impact of the Gothic-fantastic on Russian literature in the period 1920-1940. It shows how early Soviet-era authors, from well-known names including Fedor Gladkov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrei Platonov and Evgenii Zamiatin, to niche figures such as Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskii and Aleksandr Beliaev, exploited traditional archetypes of this genre: the haunted castle, the deformed body, … Continue reading

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