Dostoevsky at MLA 2021

The annual MLA convention is happening virtually this year, so we’re polishing off our webcams and mics for two International Dostoevsky Society panels to kick off this bicentenary year!

On Friday, Jan 8, at 12pm EST “Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity” will take place. The panel features the following papers:

  • Katherine Bowers (U British Columbia) – “Dostoevsky’s Gothic Corpse: Writing Fear in The Idiot
  • Melissa Frazier (Sarah Lawrence) – “Allegory and Index: Dostoevsky and the Material World”
  • Kate Holland (U Toronto) – “The Poetics of the Slap: Dostoevsky’s Disintegrating Duel Plot”

All of the papers are versions of chapters in the forthcoming volume, Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity, due out in June 2021 from University of Toronto Press. Robin Feuer Miller (Brandeis U) will preside over the panel.

On Sunday, Jan 11, at 12:30pm EST “Dostoevsky at 200: International Receptions” will take place. The panel features the following papers:

  • Sergia Adamo (U Trieste) – “Popularizing Dostoevsky: On the Success of Italian TV Series Adaptations of the 1960s-70s”
  • Hang Yu (Guanxi Normal U) – “Dostoevsky in Early 20th-Century China”
  • Melanie Jones (UCLA) – “Postcolonial Dostoevsky: Revolutions, Radicals, Rêveurs

This panel is co-sponsored by the IDS and the Reception Study Society. Carol Apollonio (Duke U), the IDS President, will preside over the panel.

If you’re attending MLA, join us! If you’d like to attend, you can register for the conference at mla.org.

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