Student Digest - (03/08/2013
When Dostoevsky's Nightmares are Coming True: Gothic Aesthetics in Contemporary Russian Society
SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall
Dr. Dina Khapaeva, Chair of the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech University, will give a talk entitled "When Dostoevsky's Nightmares are Coming True: Gothic Aesthetics in Contemporary Russian Society." Starting from an exploration of nightmare in Fyodor Dostoevsky's great novels, Dr. Khapaeva will discuss how he can be seen as the prototype for the so-called "Gothic aesthetics" of contemporary Russian culture, with its fixation on werewolves, vampires and other non-human "heroes." She argues that this devaluation of humanity reflects Russia's current historical amnesia: a profound inability to face up to the crimes of the Soviet era.
Dr. Khapaeva has a doctorate in history from the University of St. Petersburg, and is a co-founder of the first liberal arts college in Russia, at the Smolny Institute.
This event is open to the public and free of charge.
Sponsored by the Departments of Russian, Government and Legal Studies and English.