Graduate Student Conference “Literary Theatricality: Theatrical Text”

at Princeton University’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Conference dates: October 26 & 27, 2012

Keynote: John MacKay (Yale University)

Convergence between text and dramatic performance can be found in the
narrative strategies of some of the most foundational texts of Russian
literature. For instance, in Eugene Onegin Pushkin’s narrator shifts
between masks, using the disguises to create a plurality of voices
throughout the structure of his lyrical stanzas.  In a similar vein,
Gogol’s narrators would rely on complex verbal textures borrowed from
vocalized turns of speech (skaz). In the 20th century, Silver Age and
modernist artists both theorized and explored a synthesis between genres,
particularly in the case of dancers who drew on literature as both textual
and inspirational sources for their formulations of movement codes. Early
Russian film and film theory freely borrowed from theatrical conventions,
while Eisenstein and Tynianov regarded film as structurally analogous to a
written text.

Conference sponsors:

Eberhard L. Faber Fund in the Humanities Council; The Slavic Department; The Program in Theatre of the Lewis Center for the Arts; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS); University Center for Human Values; The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies; The Center for European Studies; and The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton (IHUM)

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