Russian Literature and the Revolution

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Discover the four great Russian Nobel laureates for literature and learn how their works represent the events and consequences of the Russian Revolution

Course dates: Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 April and Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 May 

Times: 18.00 – 20.00

The October Revolution of 1917 had profound consequences not only for Russian society and politics, but for literature and the arts too. Writers who remained in the Soviet Union became, in Stalin’s words, ‘engineers of human souls’, and those unable to conform in the Soviet state were driven into compromise, silence or exile.

Over four evening sessions we’ll explore the complex relationship between literature and politics and see how it developed during the ‘Soviet century’. Focusing on works by four great Nobel laureates – Ivan Bunin, Mikhail Sholokhov, Boris Pasternak and Alexander Solzhenitsyn – you’ll uncover the relationships between history, politics and literary form, and the ways in which Russian and Soviet writers have engaged with both their own society, and the world at large.

Timed for the opening of our new exhibition marking the centenary of the Revolution, this course includes an exclusive tour of Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths with exhibition curator Katya Rogatchevskaia. The course is led by Philip Bullock, Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford.

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Name: Russian Literature and the Revolution
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £220.00
Member: £187.00
Senior 60+: £198.00
Student: £187.00
Registered Unemployed: £187.00
Friend of the BL: £187.00
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