In this section, you will find information and materials relating to our previous and forthcoming Reading Groups, held on a termly basis at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury.
The network convenes discussions around key texts (translated from Russian or written in English) that mediate a vital cultural relationship – whether literary, aesthetic, linguistic, economic or political.
Topics of interest include:
- The translation and reception of Russian literature, film and visual art in Britain.
- The role of Russian literature, culture and politics in the development of British modernism.
- Bolshevism and the British left.
- The reporting and discussion of the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia in the British press.
- Internationalism and Soviet Russia.
- Britons in Russia / Russians in Britain.
- The development of cold war attitudes and the ‘Iron Curtain’.
Each reading group focuses on a pre-circulated text or texts selected and introduced by a member of the network or an invited expert.
Forthcoming Reading Group
5th October 2018, 5pm: Henry Stead on the Union of Soviet Writers and 1950s Britain
Previous Reading Groups
4 March 2016: John Connor on Harold Heslop and the Novelists’ International [podcast now available]
27 November 2015: Barbara Emerson on Anglo-Russian Relations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries [podcast now available]
20 March 2015: Louise Hardiman on Madame Pogosky
21 November 2014: Ben Harker – Jack Lindsay reads the Short Course
21 February 2014: Phillipa Burt on Theodore Komisarjevsky
4 October 2013: Kimberley Reynolds on Children’s Literature on the USSR
15 February 2013: Michael Hughes on Stephen Graham and Russia
28 November 2012: Angus Wren and Olga Soboleva on George Bernard Shaw and Russia
24 February 2012: Laura Marcus on Soviet Cinema and British Modernism
4 November 2011: Stuart Eagles on John Kenworthy