University of Chicago
Graduate Student Conference
on Central/East European
Literature and Culture


For 1999 conference information, click here.

For a short report on the conference, click here.

Sponsored by the
Graduate Slavic Society
and the
Chicago Humanities Institute

Preliminary program (subject to change)


Thursday, April 16, 1998
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Pick Hall, Room 016

Professor Michael Shapiro, Brown University
"Literary-Historical Consequences of the Russian Non-Renaissance"


Friday, April 17, 1998
Classics Hall, Room 10

8:00 - 8:15 am
Breakfast Reception

8:15 am
Opening remarks

8:30 - 10:00 am
Panel One: "Disruptions, or 'I Got Rhythm'"

Discussant: Norman Ingham, University of Chicago

  • Daniel Stearns, Slavic Literature, University of Chicago
    "Enjambment in Russian Poetry"

  • Josepha Ridding, Kingston University, UK
    "Language and Music in Czech Performance Practice"

  • Joanna Trzeciak, Slavic Literature, University of Chicago
    "Silentology in Nabokov"

    10:15 - 11:45 am
    Panel Two: "Transitions: Pre- and Post-revolutionary Culture"

    Discussant: Milton Ehre, University of Chicago

  • Alison Rowley, History, Duke University
    "Sex, Money and Murder: The Strong Woman in Russian Pre-Revolutionary Melodramatic Film"

  • Lilya Kaganovsky, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
    "'Za prekrasnoe schast'e chelovechestva': Broken Bodies and Socialist Realism"

  • Benjamin Sutcliffe, Slavic Literature, University of Pittsburgh
    "Hailing the Soviet Subject: Byt and Althusserian Ideology in Stalinist Society"

    11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch

    1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Panel Three: "Post-Modernism and Its Discontents"
    Discussant: David Powelstock, University of Chicago

  • Eugenia Gresta, Slavic Literature, University of Michigan
    "Building an Aesthetics of Conceptualism"

  • Suk-Young Kim, Slavic Literature, University of Illinois
    "Time on the Rack of Translation in A. Bitov's novel Pushkinskii Dom"

  • Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva, Comparative Literature, Emory U.
    "Post-totalitarian Traumas, Post-Modernist Testimonies: Reference, History and Memory in Russian Conceptualism"

  • Julie Nachtigal, Slavic Literature, University of Chicago
    "Unreality as Condition of Life: A Post-Modern View on Andrei Bitov's Pushkin House"

    3:00 - 4:45 pm
    Panel Four: "Milan Kundera and His Discontents"
    Discussant: Malynne Sternstein, University of Chicago

  • Kamila Kinyon, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
    "The Panopticon Gaze in Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being"

  • Cary Henson, Comparative Literature, Indiana University
    "Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and the Politics of Narrative"

  • Martha Kuhlman, Comparative Literature, New York University
    "Images of the Crowd in Milan Kundera's Novels"


    5:00 pm
    Keynote Address

    Introduction by Laura Shear
    Graduate Student, Slavic Department, University of Chicago

    Professor Anna Lisa Crone, University of Chicago

    "Fraternity or Parricide?

    The Use and Abuse of Harold Bloom in the Study of Russian Poetry"

    Reception to follow



    Saturday, April 18th, 1998
    Biological Sciences Learning Center 205


    8:15 am
    Introductory Remarks

    8:30 - 10:00 am
    Panel One: "Constructing Balkan Identity"
    Discussant: Valentina Izmirlieva, University of Chicago

  • Nicole Lindstrom, Political Science, Syracuse University
  • Maple Razsa, Fulbright Fellow, University of Zagreb
    "'Balkan Is Beautiful': Examining the Role of 'Balkanism' in the Construction of Croatian National Identity"

  • Emil Kerenji, History, Central European University, Hungary
    "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Balkans (But Were Afraid to Ask Emir Kusturica)"

  • Angelina Ilieva, Slavic Literature, Northwestern University
    "National Identity in Andric's The Bridge on the Drina and Donchev's Time of Parting"

    10:15 - 12:15 pm
    Panel Two: "Revising Central Europe"
    Discussant: Tamara Trojanowska, University of Chicago

  • Bill Martin, Comparative Literature, University of Texas, Austin
    "'Blasphemy is Not Apostasy': Hybridity and Deterritorialization in the Work of Natasza Goerke and Marcin Swietlicki"

  • Michael Kilburn, Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University
    "AbNormalization: The Fall and Rise of the Plastic People of the Universe"

  • Jessie Labov, Comparative Literature, New York University
    "The Re-Invention of Central Europe: An Intellectual History of Cross-Currents via Postcolonial Theory"

  • Lauren McConnell, Theatre, Northwestern University
    "After the Velvet Divorce: The Struggle of Theater Artists in the New Country of Slovakia"

    12:15 - 1:15 pm Break for Lunch


    1:30 - 3:00 pm
    Parasession: "At the Intersection of Literature and Life"
    Professor Paul Friedrich, University of Chicago
    Moderator and Discussant

  • Sarah Krive, Slavic Literature, University of Chicago
    "Living through Poetry: Popular Letter-Writing to Akhmatova, 1950-1966"

  • Jennifer Rayport-Rabodzeenko, Anthropology, University of Chicago
    "Conjuring Elsewheres through language, literature and self-image at St. Petersburg Youth tusovki (hanging-out sessions), 1994-95"

  • Dale Pesmen, Anthropology, University of Chicago
    "Those who poke into my soul: Bakhtin, Dostoevsky, and the ethnography of russkaia dusha"

  • 3:15 - 5:15 pm
    Panel Three: "Beyond Literature: Slavic Modernisms"
    Discussant: Andrew Wachtel, Northwestern University

  • Clairon Cundick, Slavic Literature, Northwestern University
    "Balanchine's Apollo: A Plastic Realization of Literary Beginnings"

  • Shauna Toh, Slavic Literature, Columbia University
    "Infection and Interface: Mayakovsky's Relation to the Everyday"

  • Kelly Miller, Slavic Literature, University of Michigan
    "Three Painterly Allusions in Akhmatova's Poema bez geroia [Poem Without a Hero]"

  • Peter DeMartino, Slavic Literature, University of Chicago
    "Blackwash: 'Pobeda nad solncem' and the Birth of Suprematism"

    6:30 pm
    Dinner reception for all conference participants


    Graduate Slavic Society
    Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
    University of Chicago

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