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Dalkey Archive Press has published Yuri Lotman’s Non–Memoirs, translated and annotated by Caroline Lemak Brickman, edited by Evgenii Bershtein, with an afterward by Caroline Lemak Brickman and Evgenii Bershtein. This book has resulted from Caroline Brickman’s senior thesis advised by Professor Bershtein. Caroline is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC, Berkeley.


Lecture: Professor Luba Golburt (UC, Berkeley), "The Rhetoric of Patronage in the Age of Catherine the Great"
Wednesday, November 19, 4:30 PM 
Eliot 314

This event is open to the public.

Largely as a result of its biased reading by the Romantics for whom independence was a prerequisite of creative genius, the Russian ode of the eighteenth century has been seen as presenting little aesthetic value because it openly addressed and flattered patrons and was often inspired by pragmatic concerns. In this talk, Golburt, associate professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that patronage need not be studied solely as the historical or social context of the ode, a context, moreover, presumed to detract from the genre's artistic merit. Even as patronage places constraints upon the ode's subject matter, it also inspires subtle and complex negotiations of the relationship between poetic speaker and addressee, the reach of the lyric voice, and the scope of the poet's historical vision. Rather than looking for aesthetic value elsewhere, in places that are not directly engaged in glorifying the patron, Golburt uses the example of Catherine the Great's court poet Vasilii Petrov (1736–1799) to examine patronage as in fact leading to significant formal experimentation. Sponsored by the Russian department.

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