Russian Literature, Political Change, and Liberty


This colloquium used a selection of nineteenth century Russian literature and explored themes associated with political and social change. One of the goals of the conference was to investigate whether the treatment of such themes in these literary works was of value, mainly in understanding social and political developments only in postcommunist Russia and the former USSR, or if they have more universal applications.


Conference Readings

Chekhov, Anton. The Cherry Orchard. Translated by Sharon Marie Carnicke. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2010.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. New York: Everyman's Library, 1992.

Gogol, Nikolai. The Collected Tales and Plays of Nikolai Gogol. Edited by Leonard J. Kent. Translated by Constance Garnett. New York: Pantheon, 1964.

Gogol, Nikolai Vasilyevich. Dead Souls. Translated by Christopher English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.