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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Russian Seminar Series: Dr Galin Tihanov 'World Literature in the Soviet Union'

27th February 2013, 17:00, ER153, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

The lecture will begin with a brief survey of the major discourses on world literature from the Enlightenment to the present. Professor Tihanov will then talk about the different phases in the Soviet interest in world literature, with a focus on Maxim Gorky's publishing enterprise Vsemirnaia literatura (1919-1924), the 1930s Soviet notion of anti-fascist 'world literature', and the 1960s project of a History of World Literature. Tihanov will examine the infrastructure and the shifting ideological horizons of these projects. In the final part, he will trace the significance of Soviet debates on world literature for Russian literary theory, with examples from the 1930s and the 1970s.

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