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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Russkiy Mir Centre Lecture: Professor Zdenek Pechal [Czech Republic] 'The Phenomenon of Elements in Russian Literature'

17th February 2016, 18:00, Russkiy Mir Centre, A29, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

When an artist wants to relate not only to the arrangement and stability of the world, to its segmented reality (moments placed next to each other), but also to duration, in which the arranged and the disarranged is constantly happening and mingling; when an artist wants to come closer to a state of continuous movement and change, then he or she has to choose such an art form, which allows the areas of disorganised and unintentional to talk next to the organised and intentionally artistic. We think of the realm of spontaneity, unrestrainedness, as if currently born, which creates a notion of action, duration, movement,continuum and a dynamic tension emerging between them and the more or less stable meanings of words and signs.Element is then considered part of an infinite movement, which does not suppose any of the elements has a privileged position and thus differs from the organised reality, which expects an organising, guiding impulse from the outside.

Prof. Pechal is Head of Russian Department at Palacký University, Olomouc, reading lectures on Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, literary theory, and hermeneutics of literary texts. He authored a number of books on these subjects, including The Play in Vladimir Nabokov’s Novels, The Phenomenon of Elements in Russian Literature,Modern Russian, Polish & Ukrainian Literature, Nikolai Gogol as an Artistic & Cultural-Historical Phenomenon.

The event will take place at 6pm on 17 February, 2016 in the Russkiy Mir Centre (A29, Elvet Riverside). The lecture will be in Russian.

Contact p.s.klychnikova@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.