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French Influence on Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature with Damiano Rebecchini and Hilde Hoogenboom.


Slavonic Studies presents 'French Influence on Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature' with Damiano Rebecchini and Hilde Hoogenboom. This event will explore how Russian literature in the nineteenth century was shaped by European novels. The two presentations will focus on the bestselling French writers Paul de Kock and George Sand and the aesthetic and ideological influence they had on Russian readers and writers. An examination of how and what Russia was reading allows us new ways to look at Russian literature of the time.

Join us on Tuesday 02 March 2021 at 17:30 (GMT). Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the speakers:

Damiano Rebecchini is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Milan. His research interests include Russian literature of the 19th century, the history of reading, and the Court Culture in Russia. He has published papers on ‘How Russian peasants first read Gogol’’ (NLO) and ‘Reading novels at the Winter Palace under Nicholas I: from the tsar to the stokers’ (Slavic Review). He is the author of Il business della Storia. Il 1812 e il romanzo russo della prima metà dell’Ottocento fra ideologia e mercato (Salerno, 2016) and co-editor with Raffaella Vassena of the volumes Reading in Russia. Practices of reading and literary communication, 1760-1930 (Milano, 2014) and Reading Russia. A History of Reading in Modern Russia (3 vols, Milano, 2020-2021). In recent years, his research has focused on the education of Tsar Alexander II. He is also the translator of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (Milano, Feltrinelli, 2013) and Gogol’s Petersburg Tales (Milano, Feltrinelli, 2020).

Hilde Hoogenboom, associate professor of Russian in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University, is a nineteenth-century literary historian with interests in European literary markets, noble culture, women writers, intellectual history, sentimentalism, and digital humanities. Her work on Catherine the Great's memoirs, Russian women writers, George Sand, and her forthcoming book Noble Sentiment and the Rise of Russian Novels (Toronto UP), has been supported by the National Humanities Center, the Social Sciences Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others.

Come along to our 'French Influence on Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature' presentations with Damiano Rebecchini and Hilde Hoogenboom on Tuesday 02 March 2021 and any of the other events throughout the year (please see our Twitter account and Webpages). These talks are given by leading experts from the University of Cambridge and beyond, events are free to attend and open to all, please review registration links for details. You don't have to be a Cambridge University staff member or student to attend. We hope that you can join one of these fantastic events.