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Hamilton Hall, Room 717
Please join the Harriman Institute, the Columbia University Seminar on Slavic History and Culture, and the Slavic Department for an international conference on the works of Andrei Platonov, featuring: Marijeta Bozovic , Columbia University; Eliot Borenstein , NYU; Robert Belknap , Columbia University; Philip Ross Bullock , Oxford University; Robert Chandler, Queen Mary, University of London; Brinton Tench Coxe , Columbia University, Evgeny Dobrenko , University of Sheffield; Natalia Duzhina , Gorky Institute of World Literature, Rory Finnin , Cambridge University, Boris Gasparov , Columbia University, Douglas Greenfield , Temple University; Hans Günther , Bielefeld University; Aage Hansen-Löve , LMU Munich; Christopher Harwood , Columbia University; Robert Hodel , Hamburg University; Natalia Kornienko , Gorky Institute of World Literature; Tora Lane , Stockholm University; Olga Meerson , Georgetown University; Cathy Popkin , Columbia University; Jonathan Platt , University of Pittsburgh; Natalia Poltavtseva , Russian State University for the Humanities; Irina Reyfman , Columbia University; Thomas Seifrid , University of South California; Nariman Skakov , Stanford University; Valeria Sobol University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Rebecca Stanton , Columbia University; Alan Timberlake , Columbia University; Nancy Workman , Columbia University. Andrei Platonov (1899-1951), now often called "Russia's greatest prose stylist of the 20th century," owes his reputation to his novels Chevengur, The Foundation Pit, Soul, and Happy Moscow, as well as to his (no less masterful) short story collections Potudan River and The Sluices of Epiphany. In these works and others, Platonov subtly deforms Russian to great effect, making his world seem at once completely recognizable and utterly surreal. At no time, however, does Platonov conduct his stylistic experiments in a void. They are always bound up with political, philosophical, and ethical questions and deeply rooted in Soviet realia. This conference--the first of its kind in North America--will bring together pioneering scholars of Platonov and Soviet culture to explore his peculiar style, consider it in context, and attempt to make meaning from it.