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Sep 27 2023

Prof. Emily Van Buskirk: “Take it as a Fairy Tale”: Varlam Shalamov as a Storyteller

September 27, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


UH 1750


In this talk, Professor Emily Van Buskirk considers Varlam Shalamov as, in many significant ways, a storyteller on the model of Benjamin’s famous 1936 essay of that name-- updated to the catastrophically unfree conditions of the Gulag, and minus the nostalgic lens. If we take Shalamov’s prose not just as document and fiction, as scholars have done previously, but rather, as document and story (in a broadly Benjaminian sense), she believes we can deepen our understanding of his creative process, aesthetics, and how his prose is intended to act on the reader.


Julia Vaingurt

Date posted

Nov 14, 2023

Date updated

Nov 14, 2023