Lecture: "Poetry, Performance, Political Resistance and Mass Spectacle in the 1960s Soviet Union"


Location: Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, 102 Hesburgh Library

Donald Loewen, Associate Professor of Russian and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, SUNY-Binghamton

“Poetry, Performance, Political Resistance, and Mass Spectacle in the 1960s Soviet Union”

Professor Loewen’s lecture will focus on the mass poetry readings of the 1960s Soviet Union in their “unofficial” and “official” versions, as well as the broader issues surrounding poetry and the idea of the “poet” in the USSR. He will also touch upon some elements of the samizdat publishing culture as they related to poetry in particular.

Donald Loewen has research interests in the areas of Russian literary and cultural history, Russian/Soviet memory cultures, the legacy of Soviet-era monuments in post-Soviet spaces, and poetry and performance in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Art: Poetry, Politics and Autobiography after the Russian Revolution (2007).

Part of the Russian & Eastern European Studies spring lecture series. Sponsored by: Hesburgh Libraries, Henkels Lecture Fund of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Office for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Program in Russian and East European Studies, Department of German and Russian.

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