Conference/Call for Papers – Crossing the Borders: Anglo-Russian Contact Zones 1880s-1940s

The Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies, University of Rome Sapienza, is hosting a one-day conference on 7 October 2016.

To quote the organisers:

Recent years have seen a proliferation of innovative studies in international literary and cultural transactions. In the thriving area of cosmopolitan studies, the Anglo-Russian literary and cultural connections naturally loom large. Nevertheless they invite further scrutiny, particularly in relation to the issues of reception, adaptation, assimilation, and contamination. In 1919, Virginia Woolf famously declared that “the most inconclusive remarks upon modern English fiction can hardly avoid some mention of the Russian influence,” thus grafting, as it were, Russian aesthetics on modernist practices. Needless to add the diverse and combined impact of the Russian Ballets, Tolstoyan ideology, Constance Garnett’s translations, Russian drama and Soviet cinema on the English literary and cultural traditions. British modernists played a pivotal role in the dissemination of Russian literature and culture, showing a rare insight into the unprecedented opportunities Anglo-Russian cross-cultural dialogue offered to rejuvenate the British literary forms and aesthetic idioms. In the steps of the “Russia in Britain” conference, organised by Rebecca Beasley and Philip R. Bullock in 2009, this one-day international conference engages with some of the key questions, concerns and issues stemming out of the complex landscape of Anglo-Russian cross-cultural encounters from the 1880s to the 1940s. It aims at casting light on the most recent developments in Anglo-Russian studies in their multiple perspectives – historical, cultural, linguistic and literary.

The keynote speaker will be Rebecca Beasley, and a full .pdf of the call for papers can be found here.