Edyta Bojanowska F'13
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 2013
Department: Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Empire and the Russian Classics
The project centers on imperial themes in the works of major Russian writers of the 1850s to the 1900s. It will show that, far from an exotic setting in a handful of literary texts, empire was an enduring concern for all canonical writers of the tsarist era. In the case of some of these writers, their imperial thematics are largely unknown. The project examines the impact of Russia’s history, geography, and ethnic diversity on its literary culture. It also links literary treatments of empire with their reception in the journals. The focus lies on the diversity of the authors’ approaches to Russia’s imperial victories, challenges, and dilemmas. Clearly, Russians have disagreed robustly about their nation; this project traces how they have disagreed about their empire.