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Lost Classic: A Discussion on Alexander Veselovsky

Date and Time: 
Monday, October 2, 2017. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop in Poetics
Meeting Description: 

Please join us on Monday, October 2, 6-8 pm in the Humanities Center Boardroom for our annual Lost Classic event, in which we visit a neglected but important contribution to poetic theory and criticism. We’ll be discussing two short texts by the Russian literary theorist Alexander Veselovsky (1838-1906). 

Professor Nariman Skakov (Slavic/DLCL) will be offering a short introduction. 

Translations of two central texts by Veselovsky were recently published in "Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics," edited by Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov. Here are short descriptions of both texts by the editors:

 (1) “From the Introduction to Historical Poetics” (1894): “Veselovsky offers a far-reaching reflection on the non-synchronous quality of cultural memory in which older elements are preserved in a passive state, ready to be reawakened in response to ‘an urgent call of the times.’”

 (2) “The Age of Sensibility” (1904): “Veselovsky offers a profound commentary on how culture and tradition are perpetuated in and through the lives of individual historical agents."

 Please contact the organizer for the texts at