Decadence or Renaissance: Russian Literature since 1991
24 - 26 September 2012
St. Antony's College, Oxford University
Decadence or Renaissance? is an international conference bringing together scholars from across the world to assess and explore the last twenty years of Russian literature. They will be joined by two celebrated writers of this period, Mikhail Shishkin and Vladimir Sharov, both shortly to be published in English for the first time. The keynote lectures will be given by Mark Lipovetsky, the acknowledged authority on Russian postmodernism, and Irina Prokhorova, the scholar and editor whose publishing ventures have definitively shaped the post-Soviet cultural landscape.
Among the participants at the conference are renowned specialists from Europe and America, young scholars and translators, editors at Russian literary and cultural journals, and critics who are also major poets and authors in their own right. Decadence or Renaissance? will appeal to all who are interested in how one of the great literary traditions in the world has assimilated the dramatic developments of the recent past.
The topics for discussion include new aesthetic strategies in prose and poetry; ideological tendencies in contemporary literature; the relationship between national identity and natural resources; and the recent blossoming of émigré authors writing in both Russian and English.
The conference is generously supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the John Fell Fund and St Antony’s College, Oxford.
All are welcome to register and attend.
For the full programme, registration forms and other details visit www.decadenceorrenaissance.com