Saturday, 25 May 2019
10 am to 4 pm
RUSSOMANIA: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND BRITISH LITERATURE
Modernist culture in Britain took shape during a period of Russomania: British audiences were introduced to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky, they flocked to see Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, and they encountered a whole new literature through translations of Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov, among others. But what impact did the revolutions have on British literature? This workshop explores Russia’s revolutionary tradition and its 1917 revolutions through the work of Virginia Woolf, H. G. Wells, Somerset Maugham, George Orwell and other icons of British literature.
Workshop format: Two lectures will provide the context for workshop-style discussion. Discussion will focus on extracts from writers including Virginia Woolf, W. Somerset Maugham, Dorothy Richardson, H.G. Wells, John Cournos and George Orwell. Participants are encouraged to explore the reading listed below in advance, but knowledge of it will not be assumed.
Who is this workshop suitable for: This workshop is open to everyone with an interest and desire to learn more. No previous skills, knowledge or experience is required.
Virginia Woolf, ‘Modern Fiction’ (1925), ‘The Russian Point of View’ (1925), ‘An Unwritten Novel’ (1920)
H.G. Wells, Russia in the Shadows (1920)
Somerset Maugham, ‘Love and Russian Literature’ and ‘Mr. Harrington’s Washing’, from Ashenden (1928)
George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)
Excerpts from texts by Dorothy Richardson and John Cournos may also be provided
Refreshments: Tea and biscuits will be provided at the start of the workshop. Participants should make their own arrangements for lunch.