Thursday February 21, 2019

Reading Group: Russian Literature from the Margins

The Bell Pettigrew Natural History Museum, 5-7 pm (for dates see below)

This reading group is aimed at postgraduate students (but open to everyone!) interested in Russian literature.

We hope to address the concept of the ‘margins’ both physically and metaphorically by examining texts on the fringes of canonicity. Potential topics include texts written by non-Russian authors, war memoirs from the GDR and the works of neglected female writers but we encourage input and ideas from all attendees.
The texts will be read in translation and discussed together during the meetings.

Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.
We hope to see you there!

February the 27th: 

In the first meeting, we will read from Julia Voznesenskaya’s collection of short stories ”The Women’s Decameron” ( We will start the discussion with The Fourth Day. You are welcome to pick an additional chapter that you would like to discuss with the group.
Please, contact if you have trouble finding the text.


March the 13th: 

In the second meeting, we will be reading from “Russia Through Women’s Eyes: Autobiographies from Tsarist Russia” (1999, Clyman&Vowels (eds.) We will focus on Chapter Six about the physician Ekaterina Slanskaia.
Please, contact Hannah ( for a copy of the chapter.


April the 3rd: 

In the third meeting, we will be reading from “Hope Against Hope” by Nadezhda Mandelstam ( We will focus on eight (short) chapters: A May Night (1), Leaving for Exile (10), On the Other Side (11), The Irrational (12), Ordeal by Fear (63), Cow or Poetry Reading? (64), The Old Friend (65), The First of May (78).
You can find the book in the library or contact Alessandra ( for a copy of the chapters.