Why did Ukrainian poets long to die in Paris at the end of the Soviet era? And how did the yearning for Europe manifest itself in the literature of independent Ukraine? Uilleam Blacker explores three thriving decades in the history of Ukrainian literature, from a symbolically significant poem ‘We Will Not Die in Paris’ by Natalka Bilotserkivets and the experiments of the ‘Bu-Ba-Bu’ group to the powerful new war writing by Olena Stiazhkina, Serhii Zhadan and Olesya Khromeychuk. Continue reading Far from Paris: Ukrainian Literature and Independence
Maria Rubin explores to what extent Russian diaspora literature has produced a mere clone of metropolitan Russian literature, or an alternative cultural formation. Continue reading Diaspora and Homeland: Alternative Worlds of Russian Literature?
Seb Coxon explains what got him interested in researching how beards are portrayed in medieval German literary texts, and how we make make sense of this. His new book, ‘Beards and Texts: Images of masculinity in medieval German literature’ out now with UCL Press, and available as a free e-book. Continue reading Beards and texts: reading images of masculinity in medieval German literature
Dr Anna Hoare writes about her work on Mapping the Histories of London’s Travellers. Continue reading Mapping the Histories of London’s Travellers
Dr Uilleam Blacker, Lecturer in Comparative Culture of Eastern Europe at UCL, examines the historical precedents for toppling statues of controversial figures. Continue reading Echoes of the past: Toppling statues of Colston and Lenin