The Rise of a New Century as a Cultural Phenomenon in Russia
Middlebury, VT, July 2001
MIDDLEBURY RUSSIAN SCHOOL LITERARY SYMPOSIUM In conjunction with the recent closing of Norwich University Russian School, this year's literary symposium has moved to the Russian School of Middlebury College. The symposium attracts scholars of Russian literature and culture for a weekend of papers and discussions about current topics. In the past, symposia have focused on authors, such as Pasternak, Derzhavin, Lermontov, and Pushkin, as well as on cultural topics, such as "Hoaxes and Forgeries in Russian Literature." In the summer of 2001, the Middlebury Russian School Symposium will be entitled "Nachalo Veka kak kult'urnyi fenomen." The symposium will be hosted by the Russian School on the campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont during the weekend of July 20-22, 2001. The symposium will be opened with a lecture by Lev Loseff and a concert by Tat'iana Iampol'skaia at Middlebury's Center for the Fine Arts the evening of July 20th and will resume the following morning with papers by symposium participants. Symposium participants will bear all costs of room and board. Interested participants may contact Ilya Vinitsky (ILV1email@example.com), symposium organizer, for further information. Description: THE RISE OF A NEW CENTURY AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON IN RUSSIA At the end of the 18th c. Nikolai Karamzin prophesied: "Oh, Rossy, vek griadet v Rossii velichaishii!" Similar prophesies one may easily find in the works of numerous Russian poets, artists, composers, and politicians of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The apocalyptic idea of a new age with its great expectations, fears, and premonitions is deeply inherent in Russian cultural consciousness. Hypothetically, the notion of the beautiful or terrifying "beginning of a century" is opposed to the traditional notion of the melancholy "fin de siècle." The present conference is conceived as the discussion of various representations of this idea in Russian literature, painting, music, architecture, or politics from the late 17th to the late 20th centuries.