Interesting (although esoteric) talk at the Writer’s House


On Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 pm in the Arts Cafe at the Kelly Writers House at Penn, Svetlana Boym will present a talk entitled “Estrangement and the Architecture of Freedom: Victor Shklovsky and Hannah Arendt.” It’s just the sort of topic I can imagine my Jewish Communist ancestors discussing over glasses of tea in silver holders, gesticulating wildly in the flickering light.

Svetlana Boym is Curt Hugo Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Her selected works include The Future of Nostalgia (2001); Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myths of the Modern Poet (1991); Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia (1994); “From Russian Soul and Post-Communist Nostalgia” (1995); “Socialist Realism and Kitsch” (1995); “Estrangement and Exile: Shklovsky to Brodsky” (1996).

Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania Campus

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