The Compensations of Illiteracy: Orality and Religion in British Writing About Russia (Seminar, 25th February)


10981864_10101665063910377_6865256013804359912_nThe next Inventions of the Text seminar will take place on 25th February at 17.30. Dr Matthew Taunton (University of East Anglia) will talk on “Orality and Religion in British Writing About Russia.” Attendees from outside Durham are welcome, but please email inventionsofthetext@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Matthew Taunton is currently working on a project about the cultural resonances of the Russian Revolution in Britain. This project was supported by a three year Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. The resulting book will explore ways in which the impact of the Bolshevik Revolution went beyond the political sphere, and inflected literary and cultural debates about topics as diverse as mathematics, sex, religion, agriculture and law. The project draws together a wide selection of writers and intellectuals, including among others H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, G.B. Shaw, Dorothy Richardson, Rebecca West, J.M. Keynes, the Woolfs, Koestler, Spender and Orwell.

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