Dr Oliver Ready and Dr Sander Brouwer
Dr Oliver Ready (University of Oxford) - Dmitrii Galkovskii's "Beskonechnyi tupik": A Study in Failure
Beskonechnyi tupik is described by its author as a 'philosophical novel'. It consists of almost 700 densely printed outsize pages and is subdivided into 949 inter-linked fragments which are devoted to autobiographical, literary and philosophical themes, as well as to extensive quotations from a range of thinkers and writers (Rozanov, Lenin, Nabokov and many others). Completed in 1988, the book was first published in full only in 1997, and has been widely acknowledged as one of the most significant Russian literary events of the last decade, both on the page and as a 'hypertext' on the Internet, where Galkovskii has maintained a very high profile. I will be discussing the unusual structure of the work, and the various features of the tupik in which Galkovskii locates Russian language, Russian thought and his autobiographical persona, Odinokov.
Beskonechnyi tupik may be read as a 'hypertext' at http://samisdat.com., as may Galkovskii’s other works.
Galkovskii’s blog on Live Journal can be read at: http://galkovskii.livejournal. com/.
For a selection of critical responses to Beskonechnyi tupik, see I.S. Skoropanova, Russkaia postmodernistskaia literatura: Uchebnoe posobie, 4th rev. edn (Moscow: Flint, 2002), pp. 441-65.
Dr Sander Brouwer (University of Groningen) - What Is It Like To Be a Bat-Author?
See also: Sorokin's site: http://srkn.ru and Day of an Oprichnik: http://lib.aldebaran.ru/author/ sorokin_vladimir/ sorokin_vladimir_den_oprichnika/.
Äèíà Õàïàåâà, Ãîòè÷åñêîå îáùåñòâî: ìîðôîëîãèÿ êîøìàðà. – Ìîñêâà: Íîâîå ëèòåðàòóðíîå îáîçðåíèå, 2007 (Áèáëèîòåêà æóðíàëà «Íåïðèêîñíîâåííûé çàïàñ»).
Goth. Undead Subculture. Ed by Lauren M.E. Goodlad and Michael Bibby. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2007.
This event is part of the Contemporary Russian Culture Studies Group Seminar series.
Meetings are held on alternate Wednesdays during term-time, 5pm to 7.00pm at CRASSH.All welcome. No registration require