20-21 October 2009

A REVERSE PERSPECTIVE: Russian Classical Literature in the Mirror of Modernity. Dedicated to the anniversaries of the births of Pushkin (210 years), Gogol (200 years), and Futurism (100 years).

Organized by Vassar College, the Apollon Art and Music Society, and the Pushkin Memorial Apartment Museum in St. Petersburg, this international conference will take place on the Museum’s premises at Moika 12 on October 20-21.

The conference will explore two main themes:
a) Trends in classical Russian literature that foreshadow seminal developments in modernist literature, music, performing and visual arts.
b) Reverberations of the Russian classics in the period of modernism and post-modernism. While we strive to cover a wide spectrum of classical Russian literature, we are especially eager to welcome proposals dealing with the work of Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol.

The language of the conference is Russian and we expect to publish a volume based on the conference proceedings.

Please submit your proposals abd questions to Nikolai Firtich ( or Dan Ungurianu (

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