The Year that Shook the Arts: Literature and Cinema in the Russian Revolution
Three Part Lecture:
- Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books
- Michele Leigh, Assistant Professor of Film & Media History, at Southern Illinois University
- Poetry reading from the 1917 collection
Join us for a three-part event that explores how the year 1917 “shook the arts” by inspiring unprecedented innovation and reflecting the upheaval and promise of the Russian revolution. Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and translator of the new collection of poetry 1917 by Pushkin House will discuss the material, political, and spiritual conditions for artistic creativity, while students from the Russian department will read some of the most electrifying poems from the 1917 collection. Michele Leigh, Assistant Professor of Film & Media History at Southern Illinois University and 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar to Russia, will discuss new historical discoveries regarding the fundamental role that cinematic form played in the transition to revolutionary aesthetics.
These lectures are sponsored by The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, The Leslie Center for the Humanities, The Political Economy Project, The Department of Government, The Department of Russian, The Department of History, and The Department of Film and Media Studies.
Free and open to all. Loew Theater, Black Visual Arts Center, reception to follow.
Note: Film Screening: The End of St. Petersburg, will be held at 6:00pm in Screening Room 001, Black Visual Arts Center.
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution is a collection of literary responses to one of the most cataclysmic events in modern world history, which exposes the immense conflictedness and doubt, conviction and hope, pessimism and optimism which political events provoked among contemporary writers - sometimes at the same time, even in the same person.