The first seminar of our series, 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature', is tomorrow, Tuesday October 15th at 5pm in the Thirkill Room, Clare College. The speaker is Valeria Sobol, Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She will be speaking on "The Gothic and Colonial Mimicry in Antony Pogorelsky's Monastyrka".

Here's the abstract:
This talk offers an analysis of Antony Pogorelsky’s novel Monastyrka (1830-33) in the theoretical framework of the “imperial Gothic/uncanny”— the entwinement of Gothic poetics with Russian imperial and colonial anxieties as manifested in nineteenth-century literary works. My reading of Monastyrka--a novel set in “Little Russia,” two generations after the absorption of the Hetmanate into the Russian empire—discusses several competing models of Ukrainians’ adoption of or resistance to the Russian imperial identity. I argue that, while conventional Gothic tropes are typically used in the text with a parodic or satiric purpose, the true Gothic threat emanates from the uncanny relay of colonial mimicry portrayed in the novel.

Valeria's work fuses studies of empire, ethnography, and the gothic, and her talk will be a great start to the seminar series.

The talk is free and open to the public, no registration required. It is supported by CEELBAS and CamCREES.




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