Vladimir Nabokov and the Ideological Aesthetic published

This book argues that ideology is a prism through which the work of Vladimir Nabokov needs to be considered. It is thus the first attempt to foreground questions of ideology and politics within a field that has historically been resistant to such readings. The perception of Nabokov as an apolitical writer is one which the … Continue reading


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.  


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


Persisting in Folly published

The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual, and intellectual identity. In literature, the figure of the fool – and the voice of the fool – has carried additional appeal as an enduring source of comic and stylistic innovation. Never has this … Continue reading


The Absolute Solution: Nabokov’s Response to Tyranny, 1938

In 1938 tyranny attained unprecedented power: the Nazis annexed Austria and the Sudetenland, the Soviet purge reached its peak and the persecution of the Jews escalated into the horror of Kristallnacht. Nabokov frequently engaged with the subject of totalitarianism, but in 1938, on the eve of the Second World War, he responded to the political … Continue reading


The Art of Accommodation

This collection of essays is a seminal contribution to the establishment of translation theory within the field of Russian literature and culture. It brings together the work of established academics and younger scholars from the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, Sweden and France in an area of academic study that has been largely neglected … Continue reading


Mastering Chaos

«This is an interesting and important book, the first attempt to encapsulate the highly idiosyncratic œuvre and career of Evgeny Popov, a major and controversial figure in the late Soviet and post-Soviet literary landscape.» (Michael Pushkin, University of Birmingham) «Morris is excellent in his treatment of the writer’s attitude towards the past and history; and … 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

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