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Book Talk. Avant-Garde Post– Radical Poetics after the Soviet Union
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Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk and discussion of the recent book Avant-Garde Post– Radical Poetics after the Soviet Union by Marijeta Bozovic, moderated by Mark Lipovetsky and Valentina Izmirlieva.

What does leftist art look like in the wake of state socialism? In recent years, Russian-language avant-garde poetry has been seeking the answers to this question. Marijeta Bozovic follows a constellation of poets at the center of a contemporary literary movement that is bringing radical art out of the Soviet shadow: Kirill Medvedev, Pavel Arseniev, Aleksandr Skidan, Dmitry Golynko, Roman Osminkin, Keti Chukhrov, and Galina Rymbu. While their formal experiments range widely, all share a commitment to explicitly political poetry. Each one, in turn, has become a hub in a growing new-left network across the former Second World.

Marijeta Bozovic is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, where she is also affiliated with Film and Media Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of Nabokov’s Canon: From Onegin to Ada and coeditor of Nabokov Upside Down and Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River.