University of Wisconsin–Madison

“Enhanced Interrogation: The Violent Subjects of Russian (Post-)Modernist Culture”

When: March 2, 2017 4:00 pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

Speaker:Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University

Sponsors:CREECA, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

About the lecture: To what extent is violence an integral part of Russian modernism and postmodernism, and why might the Russian versions of these artistic movements display a particular preoccupation with physical aggression? What kinds of subjectivity are constituted by the relations of violence? This talk examines the role of violence in the past century of Russian cultural production, suggesting an equation of violence with intimacy on the level of plot, character, and language.