Taylor Lecture 2020: Pathways of the Political Novel in Eastern Europe | University of Oxford

Taylor Lecture 2020: Pathways of the Political Novel in Eastern Europe

Speaker
Professor Jonathan Bolton - Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
Event date
Event time
17:15 - 18:15
Venue
Taylor Institution (Main Hall)
St Giles'
Oxford
OX1 3NA
Venue details

Main Hall

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Abstract:
How have novels from Russia and Eastern Europe contributed to our sense of what a “political novel” should look like? Professor Bolton’s lecture will investigate the feedback mechanisms between East and West that shaped our sensibilities about the possibilities for the political novel during the Cold War. He will consider some of the classic political novels from the Communist bloc (including works by Milan Kundera and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn), while also looking at “missed encounters” with novels by Ludvík Vaculík, Zdena Salivarová, and Lenka Procházková that did not acquire the same emblematic status. How did novels enter into discussions of human rights and repression, and what role did the novel play in shaping our understanding of the forms of political freedom during the Cold War?