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Cultural Memory and Survival: The Russian Renaissance of Classical Antiquity in the Twentieth Century

Davidson, P; (2009) Cultural Memory and Survival: The Russian Renaissance of Classical Antiquity in the Twentieth Century. [Pamphlet]. Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe: Vol.6. School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In this first publication of the UCL SSEES Inaugural Lecture Series, Pamela Davidson dedicates her professorial lecture to the memory of two "outstanding Russian scholars and remarkable individuals, whose contribution to our understanding of classical antiquity and Russian literature has been immense: Sergei Averintsev (1937-2004) and Mikhail Gasparov (1935-2005)." Professor Davidson's survey falls into three parts. She looks back and examines what classical antiquity meant for Russians in the period leading up to the revolution know as the Silver Age; in the second part, she considers what happened to the legacy of this interest in Soviet times; and finally, she comments on the present situation. In doing so, Professor Davidson hopes to demonstrate that the reception of classical antiquity has been marked by, and is even the source of some surprising continuities. Pamela Davidson is Professor of Russian Literature at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Type:Book
Title:Cultural Memory and Survival: The Russian Renaissance of Classical Antiquity in the Twentieth Century
ISBN-13:9780903425834
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/public.htm
Keywords:classical antiquity, Russian literature, Bakst, Losev, Averintsev
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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