Bad Words, Bad Writing?
A mini-seminar on Vladimir Sorokin with book launch
Time & place: 1 November 2013, 13-16, 27.0.09 (KUA1)
Hosted by Tine Roesen, assistant professor of Russian Literature, ToRS. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 1 November 1300-1600 in room 27.0.09
1. Welcome and introduction by Tine Roesen
2. Manuela Kovalev (University of Manchester and University of Viennna)
3. Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau)
5. Book launch reception with snacks and drinks
The seminar will present and discuss one of the most prominent, prolific and controversial writers in contemporary Russia, Vladimir Sorokin (b. 1955). Focus will be on his many languages, in particular on his use of “unprintable”, obscene language, which caused his novel Blue Lard (1999) to become the first novel subjected to an obscenity trial in post-Soviet Russia, and on his incorporation of Chinese (and pseudo-Chinese) words in several texts, rendering them almost unreadable.