This Week

Monday, November 19, 2018
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ella Weed Room, 223 Milbank Hall, Barnard College

In this talk and reading of translations of classical and contemporary Russian poets (including Elena Shvarts, Vladimir Aristov, Alik Rivin, and Alexander Griboyedov), Julia Trubikhina and Betsy Hulick, partners in crime and co-translators, will talk about their joint and individual projects and discuss what happens in the process of translation.

Sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Barnard Slavic Department. Please contact us at to RSVP or with any questions. This event is part of the Creative and Scholarly Women of Slavic Literature series.

Julia Trubikhina received her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University. She teaches in the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. Her book The Translator’s Doubts: Vladimir Nabokov and the Ambiguity of Translation (Academic Studies Press, 2015) received the Samuel Schuman Prize in Nabokov Studies in 2016. The second edition of the book has just come out in paperback. With support by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, it has been selected among 42 titles for the project “Reissuing and Promoting Slavic Studies Titles as Free EBooks.” In addition to scholarly articles and reviews in academic journals, Julia Trubikhina (as Julia Trubikhina-Kunina) has also published translations and contributed original poetry to Russian, European, and American anthologies and literary journals. The first English-language volume of the contemporary META poet Vladimir Aristov, which Julia edited and co-translated with Betsy Hulick (also, with Julia’s Introduction and an interview with the poet) came out in 2017 (Ugly Duckling Presse), was reviewed in the US, UK, and Russia, and is now out in its second edition. Julia is currently researching a new book on Nabokov and translation and working on two literary translation projects: poetry and prose by a seminal contemporary woman poet and writer Elena Shvarts (together with Betsy Hulick) and the poetry parts of Efim Etkind’s memoir.

Betsy Hulick’s background is in literature (BA, Vassar College) and theater (Equity, SAG, AFTRA); she was awarded the Pushkin Translation Prize (Columbia University). She has received fellowships from VCCA, Yaddo, Ragdale, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and abroad (Malta, Germany). Her translations include: Nikolai Gogol’s “The Government Inspector” (performed on Broadway) and “Marriage” (regional), Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya and Other Plays” (Bantam World Classic), Alexander Pushkin’s narrative poems including “Golden Cockerel” (Fence) and “Count Nulin” (Cardinal Points). With Julia Trubikhina, Betsy co-translated Vladimir Aristov’s “What I Saw from the Mountain” (Ugly Duckling Press) and poems by Elena Shvarts (Atlantic Magazine). Among individual projects, most recently, Betsy has translated Alexander Blok’s “The Twelve” (Cardinal Points) and, forthcoming from Columbia University’s “Read Russia” program, Alexander Griboedov’s “Woe from Wit,” (excerpts appeared online in Circumference). In addition to translations, Betsy has published original poetry in various literary magazines, including Southhampton Review and Think!, as well as two small, illustrated books: “30 Poems by Christian Morgenstern” and “A Fable for Beginners or, Only the Buttons Are Real.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Klára Móricz, Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Professor at Amherst College.

On March 16, 1937, Serge Lifar opened his exhibition “Pushkin and His Epoch” in Paris at the Salle Pleyel to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Pushkin’s death. Lifar organized his Pushkin exhibition to assert publicly his Russian heritage and his central role in emigrant Russian culture. In this lecture Klára Móricz explores the cultural significance of the Pushkin anniversary for the Russian emigrant community in Paris, contrasting it with the extravagant, state-sponsored Pushkin jubilee in Soviet Russia, which served as a rehearsal for the politically more significant twentieth-anniversary of the October Revolution, both celebrations taking place at the height of political show trials. Paris, with the Popular Front in power, listened eagerly to the ritualistic sounds emanating from Moscow, which threatened to block out the voice of the Russian emigrant community that desperately tried to voice its own, separate cultural identity. The story of Lifar’s exhibition, although told by the over-garrulous and notoriously unreliable dancer, demonstrates the confusion over what Apollon Grigoriev’s well-worn slogan – “Pushkin is our everything” – could have meant in a divided Russian culture. Ultimately, the cult of Pushkin was not strong enough to dissolve the conflict: instead of Pushkin unifying the divided Russian culture, the two cultures divided Pushkin into two irreconcilable parts: an Apollonian figure of clarity whose commemoration evoked an aristocratic past of tsars and Russia’s European ambitions, and a supposedly utopian dreamer whose art foretold the revolutionary wave that destroyed tsarist Russia.

Klára Móricz is Joseph E. and Grace. W. Valentine Professor at Amherst College. Her book Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music was published by University of California Press in 2008, and the volume Funeral Games in Honor of Arthur Lourié, co-edited with Simon Morrison, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Her edition of volume 42 (Concerto for Orchestra) of the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition (G. Henle Verlag, Edition Musica Budapest) appeared in 2017. She is co-editor of two anthologies for The Oxford History of Western Music. Her articles appeared in Journal of American Musicological Society, Cambridge Opera Journal, American Music, Journal of Jewish Identities, Pushkin Review, Vienna Slavic Yearbook, and Twentieth-Century Music. She has contributed essays, among others, to Western Music and Race (2007), Stravinsky and His World (2013), and Modernism and Opera (2016). She was co-editor of Journal of Musicology (2009–2015) and has served on the board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Oxford Handbooks on Music, Jewish Music Forum, AMS Jewish Studies, and the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition. She has recently completed a book, In Stravinsky’s Orbit: Composing the Exilic Experience in Russian Paris.