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Anglo-Russian Research Network Reading Group

The Anglo Russian Research Network

The Anglo-Russian Research Network was founded in 2011 to explore the influence of Russian and Soviet culture and politics in Britain in the period 1880-1950. Through a series of reading groups held on a termly basis at Pushkin Housethe 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. All are welcome.

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. We hope that the network will provide a context for developing future events and publications around this set of issues. Please contact us if you would be interested in participating in the reading group or being involved in some other way.

Further information, and podcasts of our last two reading groups, is available on our blog at: CLICK HERE

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