Caryl Emerson, A Provost’s Distinguished Women's Lecturer (Wed, Feb. 10 - Fri, Feb. 12)

Location: Times and Campus locations vary

Shakespeare, Bakhtin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky

Wednesday, February 10
1:55-2:45 pm – Brothers Karamazov the Opera: Turning a “polyphonic” novel into redemptive religious art
McKenna Hall (Room 210-214)
4:00 pm – Russian Classics on the Stalinist Stage: The Case of Boris Godunov, 1936
(Pushkin, Meyerhold, Prokofiev)
McKenna Hall (Room 210-214)

Thursday, February 11
12:30 pm – The State of the Humanities: A Discussion
O’Shaughnessy Hall (Room 339)
5:00 pm – Tolstoy and Shakespeare
(Centennial comments on a very famous feud, with a sideways glance at Bernard Shaw)
McKenna Hall Auditorium, reception to follow

Friday, February 12
12:50-2:45 pm – Tools for Teaching the Post-Boom Bakhtin: A Workshop and Practicum
O’Shaughnessy Hall (Room 118)


Caryl Emerson

A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Princeton University

Caryl Emerson chairs the Slavic Department at Princeton University with a co-appointment in Comparative Literature. A translator and critic of Mikhail Bakhtin, she has also published widely on nineteenth-century Russian literature (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), on the history and relevance of literary criticism (here and in the Slavic world), and on Russian opera and vocal music. Recent publications include The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature (2008) and, coauthored with Chester Dunning, The Uncensored Boris Godunov (2006). Current research interests center around archival reconstructions of lost theater repertory of the Stalinist era—dramatic productions destined for (but disappeared from) the Moscow stage in the 1930s: Boris Godunov, Evgenii Onegin, and Egyptian Nights, all with Prokofiev’s incidental music. Professor Emerson is the recipient of a 2009-10 Guggenheim fellowship for work on the Russian modernist Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, and is the current president of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL).

Sponsored by The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Art and Letters: Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecturer Program with additional generous support from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Ph.D. in Literature Program, and the Departments of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Film, Television, and Theatre, English, and Romance Languages and Literatures.