This article explores the image of the khalat, or dressing gown, in and around Petr Viazemskii’s 1817 poem “Proshchanie s khalatom” (Farewell to My Dressing Gown). As the poem circulated during the period between its creation and printing, its central image—the khalat—became enshrined as a symbol for early nineteenth-century literary culture…[Read more]
This book chapter examines the Gothic trope of the “fall of the house” across the Russian long nineteenth-century canon, focusing on Aksakov’s A Family Chronicle, Saltykov-Shchedrin’s The Family Golovlyov, and Bunin’s Dry Valley.
This chapter examines nineteenth-century Russian writers who drew on the Gothic in order to explore the experience of death, existential terror, and the possibility of an afterlife within the bounds of literary realism. In Turgenev’s story ‘Bezhin Meadow’ and Chekhov’s sketch ‘A Dead Body’, Gothic language and imagery create a narrative f…[Read more]
This article reads Chekhov’s play Three Sisters as a response to Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler through an examination of the plays’ possible intertextual relationship. The author discusses the historical context of both plays as well as their textology and staging directions.
This is the program of “Information Technologies and Transfer in Russia, 1450-1850,” an international conference held at Darwin College, Cambridge in Sept 2014. The conference was co-organized by Katherine Bowers and Simon Franklin and made possible through financial support from the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies, the Dame…[Read more]